Second Summer of Love and Britain’s Acid Revolution


The biggest revolution of youth related to music happened in the UK during the summers of 1987-89.

Britain experienced one of its largest youth movements ever, a direct result of the rise of acid house, the introduction and consumption of ecstasy, and the need for a space where your looks, sexual orientation, or societal status didn’t matter. This social phenomenon is noted as the Second Summer of Love, referencing the sixties Summer of Love, where 100,000 hippies converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood, Haight-Ashbury, to experiment and become conscious of one’s existence.

It’s important to note that like many other youth movements, the media sensationalized these locations as detrimental to the Big Money society Britain was becoming. Anyone and anything that didn’t fit their business suit-wearing, go-getter status quo was automatically outcasted.

Besides open air raves, two clubs were hotspots of the events, most influential clubs in the UK, the Haçienda and Shoom.


Located in Manchester and opened in May 21st, 1982, the Hacienda was the first British clubs to start playing acid house music, with DJs Mike Pickering and Little Martin hosting the legendary “Nude” night on Fridays. In oppinion of many, it was a place where rave music was born.

The arrival of ecstasy completed the equation. As more people were doing it, the Hacienda began to see more dancers wearing colorful, baggy clothes; dancing with their arms in the air, something that was never seen or done before in Manchester. It resulted in an empathetic and contagious atmosphere. The Hacienda consisted of a stage, dance area with bar, a cafe, DJ balcony and a cocktail bar.

Unfortunately, following a drug-related death, various shootings, and extremely poor financing, the Hacienda was closed in 1997 and was demolished in 2002 by Crosby Homes to make way for apartments, ironically keeping the iconic name.


n September 1987, four London club and pirate-radio DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker spent a week on the Balearic island of Ibiza, a place where, legend had it, as journalist Chris Heath wrote in 1990, “it was even possible to get drugs on room service.” The British quartet was visiting Trevor Fung and Ian St. Paul, with whom Oakenfold had thrown parties. Eventually, the group wound up at Amnesia, a large open-air space run by DJ Alfredo.

This legendary place was a spot of rave and vibes of ibiza located in London.

Do you want to see how British prime minister looked like during Second summer of love? Watch here.

That was a short history lesson of origin of raves in Europe. How do you think it shaped the scene we know today? Let us know in the comments.

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