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  • RED GALLERY 1-3 Rivington Street London, England, EC2A 3DT United Kingdom (map)

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 19:30 to Friday, October 21, 2011 - 02:00

‘Ecstasy Island’: Dave Swindells' photos show Ibiza at the time when its music and drug of choice inspired Britain’s biggest cultural phenomenon since punk.

DJs: Reverso 68 - Pete Herbert & Phil Mison
Paris' Acid Ball feat. Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & DJ Squeaky

‘Spirit of Ibiza ’89’ documents Ibiza in the summer of 1989, when Ku and Amnesia were still open-air parties, when Pacha was less than half the size it is now, and when a new wave of British clubbers and club ‘workers’ joined the locals going to Café del Mar in San Antonio to watch the sun setting into the sea.

Spirit of Ibiza ’89 is an homage to this special time in the development of Ibiza, and to the impact and influence that Ibiza had in the UK, where the combination of ‘Balearic Beats’, acid house and ecstasy helped to inspire a huge cultural shift during the so-called ‘summers of love’ of 1988 and 1989.

It also shows that in 1989 Ibiza was still very different to London. The clubs were far bigger and more extravagant than London venues yet still retained a Spanish core before the hordes of British, German and Italian clubbers invaded the island. It was also long before programs like Ibiza Uncovered or Balearic Babes, long before Radio 1 began broadcasting from the Café del Mar, long before Ryanair and Easyjet made flying as cheap as chips and the internet made everything everywhere the same, accessible to everyone at the same moment...

The photos which featured in the Spirit of Ibiza '89 exhibition at the Printspace in May (and were on display at the Hotel Es Vivé in Ibiza throughout the summer season) will also be on display for one night only.

We’re proud of the high production values which have gone into the printing of this book, but nonetheless, book purchasers will also receive a free digital version of the book – just the thing for your iPad or laptop!

DJs: Reverso 68 - Pete Herbert & Phil Mison -

Paris Acid Ball feat: Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & DJ Sqeaky


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