Ibiza 2016 : The return of the Smiley Face with Dance 88/89

Legendary promoter and Sankey’s club owner David Vincent has announced that he’s bringing back the acid house & balearic beat era with his new series of ‘Dance 88/89’ parties in both the UK and Ibiza, featuring performances from most of the biggest original pioneers of the time. ‘Dance 88/89’ will take place every Wednesday at Sankey’s Ibiza starting on the IMS Launch Date of May 25th and will run across the summer with 19 parties until September 28th.

Vincent is also to host a special ‘Dance 88/89’ event in the UK, to be held at a secret location near Manchester on Easter Sunday March 27th from 5pm – 5am. The killer line-up for the UK event mirrors those of the earliest, most influential raves of the summer of love, bringing back such artists as Adamski, Alfredo, Colin Dale, Evil Eddie Richards, Fabio and Grooverider, Frankie Valentine, Graeme Park, MC Kinky, Marshall Jefferson, Mr C, Nicky Holloway, Terry Farley, Trevor Fung and 808 State.

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 “Dance 88/89 is my own personal artistic project which celebrates the original music culture of classic underground Acid House, in an authentic environment. It’s aim is to put the fun back into dance music. I want to thank the Universe for allowing me to be able to tell the story of the beginning of dance music in such a magical way. I also want to thank these legendary DJs, who have put their trust in me to re-produce the golden era of dance music to the world. These DJs are members of the original Beatles of house music and my childhood heroes. This party is a celebration of the return of the true legendary music and is done with a lot of love from my part.” – David Vincent

The weekly Ibiza series runs across the summer will featuring many of the aforementioned guests plus performances from the likes of Danny Rampling and Robert Owens. ‘Dance 88/89’ at Sankey’s Ibiza will be anchored each week by residents Matthew Benjamin AKA Bushwacka and DJ Alfredo, two Godfathers of the house music revolution. Bushwacka, formerly of tech house titans and UK dance pioneers Layo & Bushwacka, was there at the start of rave and acid house culture in the UK so knows exactly how to rekindle that spirit for a modern audience and is destined to excel himself. Ibiza icon Alfredo is one of the most highly respected DJs within the scene credited as the original pioneer of the Balearic sound and the Ibiza movement.

Ibiza needs to be re-educated about it’s roots, and for me that means DJ Alfredo, who will be given the platform to show why he is one of the greatest DJs of our time. As for Bushwacka, well he used to play for Energy, the very first rave I went to and he was there since the start and I used to dance to him all the time. What better musical backbone for ‘Dance 88/89’ than these two residents, I’m honoured to have them both on board.” – David Vincent

Legend has it that it was Nicky Holloway and Danny Rampling’s trip to Ibiza in 1987 that kick started the British Acid House Revolution. It was there that they experienced ecstacy for the first time, dancing to DJ Alfredo in the now famous Amnesia nightclub (it was open air then) and experiencing the true spirit of Balearic beats, where DJs could play whatever type of music they wanted, blending rock with early house. Their lives were transformed for ever and they came back and started the nights Shoom and Trip that played a huge role in the explosion of Acid House. Vincent feels that now is an important time to re-ignite the lost spirit of Acid House and to tell the story of the revolution to the younger generation, many of whom he feels don’t understand where the music comes from.

“We now have a dance music industry that is formulaic, predictable and corporate. Back then there was no ‘industry’, there was a pure innocence about it all. I want to take people on a timewarp back in time and give them the chance to have an authentic Acid House experience. This will be achieved not only through the music programming, which totally reflects the line-ups of the time, but also through the lighting, the decor and the whole ambience. We are even recreating some of the historic raves musical content (like Sunrise’s Midsummer’s Night’s Dream at White Waltham which the press dubbed Ecstasy Airport) or Manchester’s legendary club the Hacienda, where I proud to say I was a promoter of. Also to make it authentic we are banning taking pictures with mobile phones as no one had phones then except the promoters or yuppies!” – David Vincent

Speaking about 88/89 Danny Rampling said, “It’s all about classic underground Acid House and Balearic 88-89 at Sankeys Ibiza this summer. I am so looking forward to playing the opening and closing parties.This promises to be a hot ticket on the island celebrating our original music culture”.

There is already a euphoric buzz going through the dance world about these parties. This highly anticipated series of events are expected to sell out fast. Early bird tickets for Dance 88/89 at Sankey’s Ibiza can be purchased for €10 from here. Early bird tickets for Dance 88/89 UK can be purchased for £20 + bf here.


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