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Gary Aspden Talks About Acid House At The Victoria Baths In Manchester

Luke Taylor

The latest video from END. Clothing explores the Acid House subculture with adidas SPEZIAL’s head designer, Gary Aspden.

Following on from last weeks video from END. Clothing and adidas SPEZIAL where Gary Aspden talked about the latest SPEZIAL SS18 footwear releases, we are now treated to another video exploring the nostalgic Northern nightclub, the Hacienda, and the original Acid House scene. Looking back to the original underground scene of the late 80s, Gary reminisces about his youth and how rave culture changed the country.

Filmed on location at Manchester’s, Victoria Baths, which hosted ‘The Other Side of Midnight’ Acid House Pool Party night in 1988 by the legendary Granada TV presenter and Factory Records founder, Tony Wilson, and featured DJs such as A Guy Called Gerald and 808 State. Gary explains how the era brought people together at a time of diversification, ‘parties for the people by the people’, with an unspoken code of conduct. The whole scene ended abruptly with greed, guns and gangsters wanting to take their share of the profits from the ecstasy and other substances associated with the scene. The introduction of the illegal rave act of 1994 banned all parties of more than 20 people, sending the 90s rave culture into the super clubs of the UK.

The latest adidas SPEZIAL SS18 collection is available now from endclothing.com. In other similar type features you can also check out our previous interview with Graeme Park, exploring nostalgic Northern nightclubs of the 90s.

Luke Taylor
Luke Taylor

Luke has lived and breathed the associated lifestyles & subcultures of RC for the last 20 years, as well as gaining a vast knowledge and a wealth of experience in the industry since 2006. His passion is really the techwear side of the spectrum, with brands like Stone Island & Acronym being among some of his personal favorites. Set up in 2013, his industry background & knowledge has seen RC go from strength to strength to become the digital magazine, platform & authority it is today.

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