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1987 - 1988 ‘Let There Be House’

In March 1987 The Hacienda held a night called Nude. The event was held on a Monday night and was billed as a Chicago House Party. The Flyer boasts a line up with Frankie Knuckles & Marshall Jefferson.

‘Obviously looking back on it, it screams out that it should've been a big deal event. Much like the Last Supper’ jokes Little Martin on the MDM Archive website. ‘It wasn't. 200 or so, I would guess, in attendance.’
(Little Martin. 14/04/10.

‘The Chicago House Party Tour which stopped at the club in March 1987 with Frankie Knuckles, Marshall and the rest of them getting their first taste of gullible limeys paying through their nose for their instinctive magic, showed that house, now a big part of nights like Nude and Wide, was here to stay.’
(John McCreedy: The Hacienda, His Story.

Despite events like this being held the scene still hadn’t taken off in a major way. The scene hadn’t fully gelled and some vital ingredients were still missing!

‘But acid sounded like coded radio signals, a kind of dance instruction from another planet. At least until some wayward holiday makers brought us all a present back!’ 
(John McCreedy: The Hacienda, His Story.

The actual Flyer for the event was white with blue text with a boarder around the sides that was designed to look like the Factory style diagonal lines. The diagonal lines were common on other Hacienda Flyers & Posters. The flyer is one of the first examples of a Club or Rave Flyer.

During the summer of 1987 younger holidaymakers looking for something a little bit ‘different’ had flocked to Ibiza. The likes of Paul Oakenfold, Trevor Fung, Ian St Paul, Johnnie Walker, Nicky Holloway and Danny Rampling had spent the summer frequenting clubs like Amnesia and Café Del Mar where they listen to DJ’s like Alfredo play early House Imports.

Later that year when the revellers arrived back in the UK they wanted to recreate what they had experienced in Ibiza. Danny & Jenni Rampling open a night called Sch-oom (Later Shoom) at a fitness centre and Paul Oakenfold opens a night called Future in a back room of Heaven near Charring Cross.
(History Page / Everything Starts With An E / Hardcore Will Never Die)

In January 1988 George Georgiou designed a flyer for the Shoom event in Southwark Fitness Centre. The flyer was fairly basic yet very effective and soon to be very iconic. The flyer was white with Black text. George had written Shoom Club in freehand. The rest of the text was produced with the use of DTP. There were some drawings of yellow smiley faces along each side.

Danny Rampling specified the smiley logo for his handouts, but George had the idea to show those smiley’s tumbling down, like a cascade of then-popular pills.
(Design After Dark, pp 97-98. Thames and Hudson Quoted in Highflyers p7)

Shoom was one of the first clubs to use the Smiley Face Symbol in this manner. Later that year the Smiley symbol would be broadcast over the tabloid press, as the symbol of Acid House.
(Highflyers p7)

In March 1988 George designed another flyer for Shoom. This time he wrote in freehand the word Shoom and placed it inside a heart. Again the Flyer became very Iconic and sort after among Clubbers and Flyer Collectors.

‘The Shoom flyers really represented perfectly the moment and personality of the club.’ Danny Rampling.
(Highflyers p21)

After the success of Future Paul Oakenfold organized Spectrum, an event held at Heaven. Despite being held on a Monday the night the event was very popular. The flyer for this event was designed Dave Little. Dave had previously designed for the Boys Own Label.

Dave got a visit from the Promoters Paul Oakenfold, Gary Haizeman and Ian St Paul.  Gary told Dave “Geordie, I want a Fuck-off all-seeing eye in the middle with the words Spectrum and Heaven On Earth around it.”  Influenced by a Book called ‘The Art of Rock’ that featured Rick Griffin’s work for the Grateful Dead. Dave added the words theatre of Madness and put in a Grateful Dead style boarder. ‘The reaction was Fantastic – I rarely saw one discarded in the street” The flyer was later exhibited in the V&A.
(Dave Little Quoted in Fly: The Art of Club Flyers)

‘The Spectrum flyers are the most memorable because they really summed up the whole Acid House Scene.’ (Paul Oakenfold quoted in Highflyers pp 33)

Dave Little went on to design the flyers for Future and Boys Own. His other work includes Record Sleeve and Logo Design. He also designed the logo for independent dance record shop Flying Records. Dave continues to work as a designer for a wealth of clients.

MR C started promoting a night called RIP in Clink Street, the same area as London’s first Prison! The nights had a slightly rougher edge than the other events. The cliental varied from Football Casuals to Gangsters and Trendy Clubbers to people in Shell Suits!

The RIP Flyers were mostly two coloured prints with the word RIP at the top and a photo of part of a face making up the rest of the design. The other text was usually the date, a couple of DJ’s names and the music style ‘Techno – Acid – Garage.’

In June Nicky Holloway opens a night called Trip at the Astoria. The night is a huge success. ‘A full on street party erupts every night after it closes with people dancing in fountains and on cars. Passing drivers and police are baffled by 100's of people chanting "Acieeeed!"’
(History Page / Everything Starts With An E / Hardcore Will Never Die)

On one side the flyers have the word Trip written on them. The word trip is illustrated and looks like the letters are melting or made of jelly! The other relevant information was on the back of the flyer. The music policy was described as Acid House, Fat Funk & Balearic Beats. The other information consisted of the DJ’s, dates, address and ticket price.

Back in Manchester the scene was picking up momentum. ‘Hot Nights were probably the most exciting club nights I have ever been to. Starting in the second half of 1988, these Ibiza style Wednesdays at The Hacienda seemed to come from nowhere and having never been to Ibiza I enjoyed them tremendously.’
(Geraldine: 06/04/2011)

One of the flyers was yellow with the word Hot printed in Black. The letter O had been designed to look like a Sun complete with a Face! The Yellow and Black colour scheme was symbolic of the colours used by the Hacienda with their factory like graphics.

The back was white with minimal black text. The flyer simply stated 1988, Fac 51 The Hacienda, The Date, Hot the Final Party, A Celebration of the Summer of 88, DJ’s Jon Dasilva + Mike Pickering and the admission prices.

In the latter part of 1988, after the ‘Summer of Love’ the scene had received a lot of negative TV & Newspaper exposure although this hadn’t exactly deterred people from attending the events. Instead this led to the nations youth all looking out for the next party! A lot of the newer clubbers came dressed in Smiley T shirts and bandanas and some of the original clubbers labeled them Acid Teds! Already, by the end of 1988 some people were claiming the scene was dead!!

The scene was definitely changing. Newer promoters like Sunrise & Genesis had started holding parties around the London area. With the growth in popularity the promoters looked for alternative venues around the outskirts of London and around the M25 Circular!