Early ‘00s UK rave culture documented in new photobook, Full On, Non Stop, All Over

A new book from photographer and artist Matthew Smith, AKA Mattko, is to explore UK rave culture from the turn of the millennium until 2005. 

‘Full On, Non Stop, All Over’ collates hundreds of images that Smith took at various parties and events over a five-year period, with many of them appearing in the pages of publications such as DJ Mag, Mixmag, Ministry, The Face and Jockey Slut, among others. The book includes a foreword by noted writer Simon Reynolds, as well as an essay by Smith himself.

Bristol-based Smith went into the millennium having spent a decade dedicating his life and work to the free party community, with the explosion of rave and club culture after that giving him an opportunity to go legit and share his work capturing various forms of club culture with those in the music media business.

Speaking about the book, Smith said: “We now live in times when digitally mediated behaviour seems to have taken over direct human behaviour. We have all just experienced a prolonged period of self-isolation in order to combat a virus.The reason for publishing this book now is to remind people of a time when the joyous unfettered energy of rave was everywhere, of a time when people were actually present in the moment, independent and free.”

He continued: “I hope these images serve as a celebration of the honest human interaction from happier, less complicated times. I hope this book shines a little light during all this darkness, and that it reminds us of why we need to protect and preserve the best elements of club culture. Because that old saying is true: those who rave together, stay together.”

Smith previously authored the 2017 book ‘Exist To Resist’, which looked at the history of outlawing rave culture. His work also appeared at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Sweet Harmony’ exhibition in 2019.

TRIP will publish ‘Full On, Non Stop, All Over’ on Monday, June 28th. Pre-order it here.

Earlier this year, four decades of rave culture were captured in a virtual exhibition by Google.

Saffron announces beginners courses in music tech and DJing for women, non-binary people and others in gender minorities this summer

Saffron, the Bristol-based not-for-profit group tackling gender imbalance in the music tech industry, is expanding its programme of educational projects this summer.

The group will soon bring their Saffron For Sound and Mix Nights projects to London and Nottingham for the first time, as well as continuing their work in Bristol.

Saffron for Sound will offer two music tech courses, one in music production and the other in sound engineering, which will both run over four days. Open to women and non-binary people aged 16 and over, the courses will introduce aspiring producers and sound engineers to the fundamentals areas of their subject.

Intended for beginners, the sound engineering course will take students through recording and mixing in a DAW, studio and live setting, while the music production course will focus on working within Ableton Live 11.

Mix Nights, Saffron’s dedicated DJ course for women and non-binary beginners, will run for eight weeks in Nottingham, London and Bristol, comprising weekly two-hour sessions. All three cities’ courses will conclude with an event where graduates play their first ever set at a Mix Nights club night. Over the past five years, Mix Nights has had over 140 graduates while offering courses in Bristol.

The Mix Nights project was co-founded by DJs Daisy Moon, Danielle and Em Williams, with help from Lizzy Ellis and Laura Lewis. The upcoming expansion to new cities will see DJs OK Williams, Saoirse, Shanti Celeste, Rosie Vacci B and Outsider also getting involved.

To find out more about the courses, and how you can apply, head here.

Elsewhere in Bristol, Batu recently launched a free-to-use community music studio in the city, which will begin offering workshops in July.

New festival, Body Movements, to celebrate queer club and electronic music culture

16 venues in London’s Hackney Wick will host more than 40 artists

Christian Eede

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 14:50

A new day-long festival, focused on queer club culture and electronic music, is coming to London later this year.

The inaugural Body Movements will see more than 40 artists play across 16 venues in London’s Hackney Wick, with a number of key LGBTQI+ club collectives and promoters behind each venue’s line-up. The venue will extend from the daytime into the night, with collectives such as Herrensauna, Maricas, Pxssy Palace, Love Muscle, Bitch, Please! and He. She. They. among those involved.

Body Movements is the project of DJ Saoirse and Little Gay Brother’s Clayton Wright. The festival’s full line-up will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9th October. Find more information here.

Read DJ Mag’s 2019 feature on the rise of safe space parties for marginalised communities here.