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Review: Altered State – The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House – by Matthew Collin

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I’ve already read a Matthew Collin book – This is Serbia Calling – so I was chuffed when I stumbled upon this work, a history of UK dance music culture. As a DJ and Promoter for 24 years I’m quite aware of a lot of the history of dance music in the UK. This book, however, filled in many of the gaps, and was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read. The well known story of how acid house culture came to the UK via Ibiza’s Summer of Love where Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Trevor Fung experienced the delight’s of Alfredo weaving magic on the White Isle and brought back their ideas to the London clubscene, is a familiar tale, often recited religiously in club culture publications like Mixmag. The author gives a comprehensive account of the beginnings and it was great to hear the true story and what bliss these guys must have experienced. Shoom, Spectrum and the Milk Bar launched successfully and the early adopters were soon welcoming new ‘Acid Teds’ and a hippy revival based on lush house electronica began to hit the mainstream. The book looks at London and Manchester in detail as well as exploring some of the less likelier destinations of UK club culture like Blackburn and later the countryside free party and rave movement. The study of the fracture of dance music into its various sub-genres and the movement of people that followed each branch provides much analysis and we see Warehouse parties, techno anarchists, drum and bass division and later the emergence of new genres like speed garage, grime and dubstep. The book focuses a lot on the role of narcotics in this new ascendant youth culture. The critical importance of ecstasy (MDMA) to the whole movement which eventually led to a massive increase and normalisation of drug culture across the country, with polydrug use becoming popular and clubbers and ravers exploring acid (LSD), cocaine, heroin, ketamine, amphetamines and the various different types of cannabis. It’s amazing how much anti dance music propaganda was spread by the media. Governments were scared and there was a great deal of legislation set up to counter the whole movement. Enlightened masses were a danger to the establishment and the whole culture was seen as an alternative political situation. The long-running battles between promoters, DJs and the UK Police was interesting and it was…

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Great People, Great Parties, and Great Poker

What Happens in Vegas… …great people, great parties, and great poker Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, Capital of Second Chances…just hearing the name brings memories of bright lights and fun nights. In Lonely Planet Las Vegas, Scott Doggett chanced upon the best and most accurate description of the city: “Las Vegas exists chiefly to satisfy the needs and desires of its visitors, and it does in spectacular fashion. Sin City has taken or re-created the best that other great cities have to offer and then upped the ante — making it bigger, grander, flashier.” Truly, there’s something for everyone in Vegas. The EDM fan will find himself lost in this city of hearty music , not knowing where to go first. Vegas.com has a list of the best nightclubs in the city, but if you really want to experience Vegas to the fullest, you need to experience why Vegas is called the Gambling Capital of the World. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Las Vegas strip’s gaming revenue last year was $6.2 billion. There were 21,615 different conventions held in the city in 2012, but something else attracts millions of people to the city. Vegas is the home of the World Series of Poker, the most prestigious poker tournament in the world. Every year, thousands of poker players gather in hopes of bringing home a bracelet and winning big money as they compete with other professional poker players. The main event of the WSOP will be held in Vegas in mid-November. This much-awaited event is attended by people from all walks of life. Last year, Betfair player Elisbeth Hille, then a waitress from Norway, made history by becoming one of two women to reach the final two tables since 2000. But there’s more to the Vegas poker scene than the WSOP. The Grand Poker Series is also held in the Sin City during the summer season and it hosts more than 300 poker events that were joined by players from all over the globe. Binion’s Poker Classic, now on its seventh year, is another tournament that sees 47 events running from May to July. No matter what time of the year you decide to fly to Vegas, there will be something to satisfy your EDM and poker needs. Over the years, Vegas has become the premier destination for a luxurious vacation, dancing, and gambling. There’s…

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Rock & Fountain, Penhow Set Sail with Shuffle boat parties Miss Moneypennys London: Ministry of Sound, Velvet Underground, The Cross, London Zoo, Turnmills, Plastic People, the Gardening Club, Bar Lorca-Stoke Newington (drum n’bass), The Sound Republic, Legends, The Clinic, Thirteen, Skinny Dipp@UCL, Easy J’s, The Little House, Connaught Hall, Ormonds, Hooked boat parties, The Crystal Ship, Rare FM Radio Birmingham: Bonds, The Church, Raymondo’s Canal Bristol: Lakota, Silent Peach, The Powerhouse, Cast, The Level, Moles, The Vaultz, Walton Castle, Byzantium, Bar Latino, Club Loco, Blue Mountain, The Old Fire Station, Cafe Blue, Po Na Na Cardiff: The Emporium, Elements, Q bar, Slug & Lettuce, The Howardian, GloBar, Cuba Club, Owain Glendower, Sub 29, Journeys, Callaghans, Dep Cult in the Bay Festival, Nettie’s fancy dress shop, Soda Bar Newport: The Cotton Club, V3, Annabels, Bah Rumbah, The Bunker, Langtons, The Arcade, OTT, Baltica, Jesters, Duffryn Community Festival, Maindee Community Festival, the Gallery, Mustang Sally’s, Newport City Radio Chepstow: Muts Nuts@The White Lion, Mathern Village Hall, Jimmy Deans, New Inn-Pwyllmerric Caldicot: The Haywain, The White Hart, The Galleon, The Pill House, Jordan’s, Caldicot Football Club, Undy Football Club, Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher, Dewstow Golf Club, Rogiet Hotel, Broome’s horse shows, The Severn View Club Other UK: Chuff Chuff, Shrewsbury Alter Ego @ The Lost Weekend, Nottingham 1 Love @ The Brunel rooms, Swindon In a field in Chippenham, Wiltshire The Winchester Arms, Taunton Kings Arms Hotel, Salisbury King’s bar, Lydney Disco Lites, Cinderford International: Klubb Ra @ Nefertiti, Goteborg, Sweden Kafe Publik, Goteborg, Sweden Tikisoft, Tahiti, French Polynesia Ceramic, Wanganui, New Zealand Da Tempo Radio Station, Paris, France KryKey Radio, San Francisco, CA, USA JNCBEST Radio, Kabul Afghanistan Dr House Music, Holland Cloob.fm, San Francisco, USA ItaliaNetwork, Italy ScoutLounge, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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