This Friday (12 July), London’s Saatchi Gallery will launch Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today, a retrospective exhibition on the emergence and ascendancy of acid house and rave culture, featuring photography from renowned artists such as Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen, Dave Swindells and Mattko, as well as a host of ‘immersive’ experiences.


Major industry names such as Sheryl Garratt, the former editor of The Face, Fabric legend Craig Richards, and Jorge Nieto, creative director of Village Underground, have also made contributions.

In the words of the gallery, the exhibition promises to chart the acid house revolution ‘through typographic accounts, photo stories, live music events, talks and panel discussions by the movements’ architects and influencers’.

Photo by Dave Swindells


It offers visitors the chance to ‘relive’ the emergence of acid house ‘through the voices and lenses of those who experienced it’, as well as immersing them sonically into the rise of genres such as Detroit Techno, Acid House, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage, and Grime through a series of curated playlists.

Photo by Ewen Spencer

If that’s not enough, an accompanying programme of live events in the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Gallery 10’ space will being together commissioned artworks and sound installation pieces from electronic musicians and visual artists such as Lost Souls of Saturn, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), Weirdcore and Conrad Shawcross.

Photo by Vinca Petersen

It’s also just £10 to enter… probably the best tenner you’ve spent since that last wave of speckled doves came on the scene c. 1992. 🙂

Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today runs from 12 July to 14 September at the Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

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