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New documentary The Agony & Ecstasy traces the history of rave culture in the UK

Spanning 30 years, ‘The Agony and Ecstasy’ is an eye-opening three-part documentary series which will explore the history of rave culture and dance music in the UK.

The documentary will be air tomorrow (August 11) on Sky Arts and features candid interviews with the likes of Hacienda’s Graeme Park, The Black Madonna, James Lavelle, Annie Mac, Sasha, Orbital, the founders of Cream and the founder of Ministry of Sound, Justin Berkmann.

‘The Agony & The Ecstasy’ will be presented by world renowned DJs and prominent musical figureheads Norman Jay MBE, Goldie MBE, Paul Oakenfold and Dave Pearce.

Speaking about the documentary, Goldie said: “This series is huge – no one has ever explored dance music in such depth. Most of the key players from the scene are in this documentary, telling their stories from the rave movement and how it came to change music and youth culture over the last 30 odd years. It’s such an important time to get this documentary out there. Britain is the birthplace of Rave culture, and as dance music continues to grow as a global phenomenon why are we struggling to keep it alive here at home?”

The series coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Acid House movement in the UK and is set to lead events across the country and in Ibiza in celebration.

The three-part series will air on Sky Arts on August 11 at 9 pm. Then on 18th and 25th (with a bonus episode also on the 25th).

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.