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BBC to air documentary on acid house and rave culture in '80s Britain

31 July 2019


From Turner Prize winning director Jeremy Deller comes new documentary: Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992focusing on acid house and rave culture in the mid-1980s to early-1990s. Spanning a decade, the show – which had been shown at Doc Fest last month – tracks the origins of the subculture, delving into its reactionary beginning, and the boundary-breaking nature of the genre.

Deller combines rare and unseen archive material with the reactions of a modern-day A Level Politics class, as they discover these stories for the first time. This format is used to draw out fresh perspectives on this formative era of UK dance music.

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Challenging traditional narratives of the movement's development, the show argues that the scene's roots lie as much in the social and political protests of '80s Britain as they do with the emergence of ecstacy or house music's origins in the gay clubs of Chicago. 

The hour-long documentary will be airing on BBC Four on the 2nd August 2019.