Notes On Rave In Dublin screening + party

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 - Sat, 02 Dec 2017
19:00 - 03:00





18.30: Doors Open
19.30: Presentations:
Ciaran Nugent (Dublin Club Flyers)
Garry O'Neill (Dublin Record Shops)
John Byrne (Irish Disco, Electro & Punk-Funk)
20.00: Round-table Panel with Kate Butler, Kevin Barry, Francois Pittion, Sunil Sharpe, Liam Dollard & Aoife Ni;c Canna
21.00: Notes on Rave in Dublin Screening


23.00: Wiley Fox & The Sound House Takeover with

Upstairs: Breen, Melly, Sias + very special guest DJ Kit Kat Tennis League
Downstairs: DJ Francois, Ciaran Nugent, Garry O'Neill

Notes On Rave In Dublin is a roller coaster ride through the birth pangs of dance music in our dirty old town. From the democratic romance of those early loved up dancefloors to how a cold social stratification and commercialisation crept back. Leaving it up to a network of outsider labels, pirates and ravers to establish an indigenous scene that we now call our own. This is a story of how an underground works, mutates and survives.

We’re jam-packing this screening with a panel and presentations on the making of memory in our scenes. Expect a heady brew of cultural archaeology with some serious diggers, collectors, and archivists joining us on the night. A choice collection of stalls, labels and merch makers will be hawking relevant wares in the bar too for all your stocking filler needs.

Tickets for the two Lighthouse screenings of the documentary at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival in February sold out super quick - so book early to avoid disappointment.

Oh and we’re issuing a massive b2b rave alert for the Wiley Fox after with a full venue take over brewing with some of Dublin's finest.

Guest Presentations On Making Memory In Our Scenes.

To start the evening three special guests are going to take us through some new projects that are digging deep into our cultural past. In no particular order, we have...

John Byrne is going to talk us through a forthcoming compilation called Quare Groove. The project unearths a collection of Irish Groove, Punk-Funk, & Electro. All of these are genres we don't really associate with Ireland in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The records are out there though and John will talk us through how he found them and the process of pulling the whole thing together. The compilation is due to drop on Allchival (All City) in January 2018. Keep your ears peeled for that one.

Ciaran Nugent is a Power FM living legend, holding down a morning slot in its pirate heydey that schooled Dublin ravers in the broader history of electronic music. He still holds down his regular slot there, broadcasting genius selections from his garden shed. Nugent has been obsessively filling shoe boxes with flyers from the rose-tinted golden era Dublin clubbing for several years now. His project is not just an effort to establish a definitive timeline of the scene but a window into the past. This collection of cultural ephemera is more than just bits of card that survived being turned into roach material. We’ve lured him out of his shed to chat the chit out of these readymade signposts of attitudes, ethics, and aesthetics.

Garry O’Neill needs little introduction. He pulled together the whopper Where Were? Dublin Youth Culture and Street Style 1950 – 2000. It threw some serious light onto the multiple waves of influences that burst onto these shores during this period. Garry proved that Ireland had its own little islands of cultural color amidst the repressive grey of our past. As part of that book he crowdsourced tonnes of photos from the city’s original rave generation and many were featured in Notes On Rave In Dublin itself. These days he’s working on another book unearthing the history of record shops in Dublin. He’ll be bringing us up to date on the painstaking process behind the project.

The Panel Discussion with Liam Dollard, Francois Pittion, Aoife Nic Canna, Kevin Barry and Sunil Sharpe.

Hosted by Kate Butler.

Our attempts at a panel discussion at the Audi Dublin Film Festival in February got truncated due to time pressures in the Lighthouse. So, before the documentary kicks off we’re going for a re-match. It pulls together several heads who appeared in Notes On Rave In Dublin and then slam mixes in a rather epic special guest.

None of these legends need an introduction. We have four people who can go right back to the early primordial soup of our dance scene and one that’s at the very centre of todays. All of them are coming together to chew on ravey themes and exchange war stories. This will be good.

In 1999, Kate Butler began writing for Muse, an online music magazine edited by Jim Carroll. One of her first features was a piece on the Funnel, a music venue on Dublin's Sir John Rogerson's Quays: she interviewed the people behind Ultramack, D1 Records, Bassbin, and The Fear, who were all promoting nights at the venue at the time. The next few years became a prolific time for electronic music production in the city, with many new labels emerging, including FrontEnd Synthetics, Kin, Freestate, Minimise and Repetitive Music. Kate Butler covered this period as a journalist for the Irish Times and the Sunday Times and played many of the Irish releases on her radio show on Power FM. She is now a barrister and activist. She hosts a monthly music show on, with an open slot for teenagers called Atomic.

Kevin Barry is one of our contemporary literary giants. His last book Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmith Prize. It meshes truths, semi-fictions, and lore into an intimate portrait of John Lennon and weaves in together fragmentary folk memories of Ireland’s lost countercultures of the 1970s. Some time ago, Kevin gave a great interview to a blog called www.thepointofeverything. He talked about living in London in 1988, listening to Leonard Cohen and Neil Young but then discovering acid house by stumbling into a club Feet First. Immediately it was all he listened to. Eventually, when he came back to these shores he put on nights "with dodgy ravey names" around the Limerick area with someone called Aoife Nic Canna. So, it's our pure pleasure to have him on the panel to share further memories of that time.

Francois Pittion is a true warrior of the Dublin scene. Having beaten Fianna Fail in the UCDSU Ents race of 1987, he turned the college bar over to full-on hedonism with a heady descent into the new Balearic and ravey sounds at a night called UFO. It was short for the unlimited freakout. And freak out they did - bussing ever eager students into town saw the party continue on in the Rock Garden. The rest as they say is history. Mention UFO and its later incarnation Alien to a certain generation and you a certain eagerness light up their eyes. When he hung up his slip matt and quit DJing on the regular back in 2002 Francois complained to the Irish Times about how "part of the problem, these days, is with the whole DJ hero-worship thing. It used to be about faceless geezers playing tracks, 90 per-cent of which you wouldn't have heard before, but that's all gone". This same attitude of commitment to the DIY spirit of underground dance comes across again and again in his contributions to the documentary. So we’re only stoked to have him buzzing along to continue the conversation at this screening.

Aoife Nic Canna was born in Dublin raised in Limerick. She remembers hanging out after school in the Belltable arts centre having coffee-fueled discussion of mixtapes and records, opening a portal to a lifetime passion. Back in the day, Aoife held down numerous residencies in legendary spots like the Rock Garden and the Kitchen. She was a members of the Horny Organ Tribe who put on momentous ravey affairs the Ormand Multimedia Centre. Aoife’s never ceased being active and she still holds down regular festival slots at the Electric Picnic and the like. Today Aoife is a resident in The Liquor Rooms, Ukyio Bar and The Blind Pig in Limerick. Not only is she a front-runner DJ but she’s been involved in radio production for years spanning pirate stations like Power FM, Jazz Fm and then in later being a host with the community station Near FM. It was for Near FM that Aoife completed the radio documentary series Folklore From The Dancefloor. In it Aoife was one of the first to comprehensively bring the past of our club cultures in from the cold and collect stories from the ground.

Liam Dollard is often referred to as the “Godfather of Dublin House Music”. Liam has been rocking raves and clubs for over 20 years becoming a resident at the seminal club, Sides back in 1990. This was followed through the decade with residencies at the likes of Ormond MultiMedia Theatre, Temple of Sound, the Pod & The Kitchen. At a time when DJs were able to ‘break’ records, Liam championed many of them to becoming Dublin classics, not least of which his own remix of Mad Sound Disease’s Moon Boom. Featured in the documentary, Liam’s recollections and story-telling abilities added a warm personal dimension to the narrative as he took us through the early days of how dance changed everything in Dublin.

Sunil Sharpe is one of Europe's most renowned and well-loved techno DJs. Gaining an enviable reputation for his DJing in the early '00s, he was soon invited to play at Berlin's Tresor Club, marking the start of an intensive involvement in the techno scene. Sunil has played extensively around Europe at the likes of Berghain, Fabric, Concrete, Sub Club, Glastonbury Festival and much more. He was also DJ of choice on the first two Karenn European tours, the last of which was marked by his now classic Boiler Room set in London.

Known primarily for his fast-moving, skillful style on the decks, Sunil's reputation as a producer of raw, individualistic techno, has grown in tandem with his reputation as a DJ. To date he has appeared on labels such as Works The Long Nights (aka Sheworks), Black Sun Records, Rave Or Die, Trensmat, Mord, Inner Surface Music, Violet Poison and many more. Sunil also recently setup On The Hoof, a label dedicated specifically to his own productions and collaborations with friends.

Sunil makes up one half of Tinfoil alongside fellow Dublin-based producer DeFeKT. Initially forged as a studio partnership in 2014 (and more recently as a live show), the pair have since racked up an impressive catalogue of 12"s on their own self-titled label. Additionally, Sunil runs the wonderfully erratic Earwiggle imprint that has built a dedicated following, releasing new names and old heroes into the battlefield.

Sunil's application to techno and the scene in general, pushes far beyond the standard DJ/producer mould. Enjoying a long stint in pirate radio from his early days of active DJing, Sunil joined national station RTÉ 2fm in 2007, where he has since offered up a monthly mix of new music. The show has also been characterized by in-depth interviews with the likes of Jeff Mills, Surgeon, Blawan and many others.

Sunil has also devised a new format for playing/reviewing new music in "The Quarterly Crate". Now in its third year, the hugely informative video series supplies a special insight into his most recent vinyl acquisitions.

Last update 03/12/2017

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