Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Rave Review

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Rave Review

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ORE than 30 years of Manchester's rave scene will be celebrated at a new exhibition.

MToday sees the launch of Sweet Harmony, an art collection curated by Saatchi Gallery, at live music venue Depot, the new home of the Warehouse Project.

Emerging in the mid-1980s, the acid house-fuelled Madchester scene continues to influence popular culture in the city and beyond.

Its history and legacy is what made Kobi Prempeh, co-curator at Saatchi Gallery, believe the city should be the exhibition's next home, after it was first held at the London gallery over the summer.

"Manchester wasn't just the most obvious place for us to do Sweet Harmony, it was the most necessary place for us to do Sweet Harmony," he said.

Taking place until Wednesday, the exhibition tells the stories of the people who made the rave scene what it was through visuals and audio produced by those who were there, as well as other up-andcoming artists.

"It's not just The Hacienda and acid house," said Kobi.

"We want to share the stories that broaden the scope of rave."

The exhibition will feature photography from the likes of Dave Swindells and Jon Shard, who captured the legendary Spike Island gig of 1990 and Flesh nights at The Hacienda respectively.

"When we think about how legendary that event at Spike Island was, I mean, any event that has Paul Oakenfold as supporting act to The Stone Roses deserves its own space and time to really be talked about," said Kobi.

There'll also be an artistic reinterpretation of what rave means to one of the UK's most prominent sculptors, Conrad Shawcross, an audio/visual piece by upcoming artist James Alec Hardy, photography from across the ages, and a specially-curated playlist.

Kobi was also sure to represent Manchester's history of diversity in the exhibition, and how it informed both the scene at the time as well as in the future. …

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