New print documents Blackburn's early rave scene

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  • Designed by Dorothy, it includes the key venues, artists and tracks from 1988 through '90.
  • New print documents Blackburn's early rave scene image
  • A new print maps out the rave scene in Blackburn, England, from 1988 to 1990. Designed by Liverpool design studio Dorothy, Blackburn Love Blueprint tells the story of how small parties in the northern industrial town expanded into huge warehouse and factory raves, resulting in the launch of Operation Alkkali, an initiative by the police to close down illegal events. The print also highlights the tunes that soundtracked the parties and names some of the scene's key artists, including 808 State, A Guy Called Gerald, Sasha and Clitheroe Kate. The timeline was created using the Acid House Flashback website as a reference, with the information laid out on the imagined footprint of Ewood Mill, home to some of the largest parties at the time. Blackburn Love Blueprint was designed for Flashback: Parties For The People By The People, a Rough Trade Books publication featuring various authors telling the story of Blackburn's acid house history. Find out more about the print here. In 2018, Dorothy designed the Acid House Love Blueprint: A History Of Dance Music And Rave Culture, which featured over 900 artists, venues, labels, promoters and other key names and moments from the rave scene.