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August 17th - London: Spectrum
After just a few months into their voyage into London's clubland, organisers Paul Oakenfold and Ian Paul and nightclub owner Richard Branson are all underfire as the tabloids finally catches up with them and the acid house movement.
Reporters from a national newspaper shock the general public with the results of their lengthly undercover investigation into Heaven nightclub in central London. In their bold "Fiver For A Drug Trip" article, reporters claim that:
On closer inspection, their reporters slightly mis-inform the public when they latch onto "acid house" and link it with the 60's drug L.S.D. [ which was available and still widely used on the club circuit ] rather than delving deeper and properly linking acid house to the 80's drug of choice, Ecstasy.
Shortly after the controversy, nightclub boss Richard Branson went on camera to reassure the public that "acid rock" hasn't got nothing to do with L.S.D. and he [ as owner of virgin records ] wouldn't sell any record that promoted drugs in any way.
August - London: Land Of Oz
As a result of the infamous "Fiver For A Drug Trip" newspaper article, nightclub owner Richard Branson informs Paul Oakenfold that all he would have to do is rename his club rather than just closing it down altogether. Within weeks of their hasty departure from London's clubscene, the pairing are back on the scene and starting afresh at the same venue as "The Land Of Oz".
Friends Alex Patterson [ later of "The Orb" ] and Jimmy Cauty [ later of the "KLF" ] are recuited to play in the "the white room" V.I.P. area. The duo play an eccentric mix of wierd animal noises and film soundtracks and ambient is born. During this period, Paul Oakenfold will retire from the day-to-day running of his new club to spend more time in the recording studios.
August - Sevenoaks: Orbital
By the end of this summer, the acid house scene will come into the spotlight and be linked with it's first major fatality. The Ecstasy releated death of twenty-one-year-old Ian Larcombe in June initiates a huge police crack down on illegal parties.
At a illegal acid house party in Sevenoaks, Kent, things start to get really tense for everybody envolved when their party is stormed and shut down by local police. A unruly confrontation with clubbers inside breaks out that eventually spills out into the street. Unprepared for this confrontation, this pitch battle lasts for a couple of hours before the authorities gain the upper ground and finally quell the situation.
As a result of this bungled police operation which leaved scores injured on both sides, twenty-year-old year old Paul Hartnoll, who was beaten by uniformed officers at the time of the raid, is inspired by these events to form the "Orbital" with his brother Phillip.
September 9th - London: Apocalypse Now
Roger Goodman, Tony Colston-Hayter and Dave Roberts - Increasingly disillusioned with Jenni Rampling's door policy [ tony was famously denied entry due to his upbringing ] at Shoom - retaliates by holding the first "Apocalypse Now" at Wembley Studios in Wembley, Middlesex.
September 12th - Liverpool: Daisy
Liverpool is introduced to acid house when organiser James Barton launches "Daisy" at the State Ballroom in Dale Street, Liverpool city centre. James is also inspired when he partly borrows the name of his new night from "Daisy Chain" at the Fridge in Brixton, south-west London.
The party that most northern clubbers had been waiting for featured local favourites, house music converts and state residents Andy C [ a.k.a Andy Carroll ] and Mic Microdot [ a.k.a Mike Knowler ] who cemented the seminal moment in merseyside clubbing history.