EVENT: Suanpan 90s Rave @ Dada Shanghai
DATE: Friday, September 20, 2019
TICKETS: Free entry
VENUE: Dada Shanghai
DJ’s: Suanpan (算盘)
On Friday 20th September, Suanpan (算盘) are excited to present the second instalment of the euphonic all-night dance party to Dada Shanghai. After throwing our first rave at Dada Beijing back in November of last year, we return to the golden age of underground electronic music once more; to a time when warehouse raves were commonplace and, without knowing it, reshaping club culture and dance music into what we recognize today.
Raves first began as an underground movement in the UK towards the end of the 1980s, growing out of the acid house movement in the US. Groups of like-minded people would get together and dance (in an enhanced state of consciousness) to all types of forward-thinking electronic music in industrial spaces, fields, airport hangers, or anywhere else a sound system and some lights could be set up. These raves created a magical environment full of empathy, euphoria, and energy. Class, political, and racial barriers were broken and crowds would dance well into the next day and beyond.
This crazy and intense time was a defining period for electronic music. The constant introduction of new technology saw producers compete with one another to see who could come up with the weirdest and freshest sounds. Tempos dramatically increased, samples mutilated, and breakbeats taken apart and re-stitched, creating a whole new sonic dimension that put the UK on the electronic music map. Generations of DJs who’d learnt their craft playing American and European records were suddenly filling their record bags with homegrown belters. And the rest, is history.
On Friday 20th September at Dada Shanghai, we want to reproduce what it was like to be at a rave in the early nineties and stay true to the original sound of these parties. Expect some of the most important tracks of that era to be played, as well as the unearthing of some forgotten gems, with plenty of hoover noises, piano stabs and breakbeats in between. Prepare to be transported back to a time when music was more about a feeling, and dancing with a smile on your face :)