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Spirit of Ibiza ’89

How Balearic Beats Liberated London

theprintspace is proud to present ‘Spirit of Ibiza 89′, the upcoming exhibition of photographer Dave Swindells, who was a Nightlife Editor at Time Out Magazine for over 22 years.

In this exhibition, Swindells presents a series of images giving us a once in a lifetime view into the Second Summer of Love (a period in 1988-89 when electronic dance music exploded in Britain’s club scene). His images focus on how ‘Balearic Beats’ – a multifaceted and unique fusion of rock, funky reggae, Eurodisco and Chicago house – as well as the ecstasy-fuelled clubbing style of life experienced in Ibiza, gave DJs the inspiration to create a freer and unrestricted club scene in London.

These images show the nightlife of Ibiza in the late ‘80s, with its open-air dance floors for those hot Mediterranean nights, drawing an all-ages, polysexual crowd in an easy-going hippie-inspired atmosphere. This atmosphere was nonetheless self-consciously stylish (unlike many of the dressed-down Brits). The clubbing culture to this time was very different too. ‘In these photos you won’t see people texting or tweeting, videoing their mates or posting on Facebook,’ explains Swindells. ‘Nobody had mobile phones, and the only person likely to be taking pictures was the club’s own photographer. So there was nothing else to do but live in the moment, enjoy the parties or watch other people having fun while dancing the whole night’.

If you are interested in more of what club culture in Ibiza and London was like at this time you should visit ‘Spirit of Ibiza 89′ at theprintspace Gallery from Tuesday 3 May to Wednesday 18 May 2011. The opening times are from Monday to Friday 9am –7pm at theprintspace Gallery on 74 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8DL.

The opening night will be on Thursday 28 April from 7pm to 9.30pm. Admission is free and theprintspace hopes to see everyone there.

Afterward the exhibition will continue at the International Music Summit in Ibiza.

  1. Rae says:

    In Stockholm, go to the Vasa and Nobel Museums. They are hands down two fo the coolest muemsus I have EVER been to. I could have spent the whole day just wandering in each of them. Go to the palace and if you’re a student, ask for the student discount. When I went it was less than a dollar for admission. It was totally worth it too. I LOVE Stockholm. Just wander around there, it’s such a beautiful city you’ll probably just want to spend lots of time staring at it and being amazed.For London, I used to live there and could write a novel about the cool things you can see and do there. It’s hands down my very favourite city. For good pubs, I always ahd a good time at the Old Blue Last just off Old street in Hackney (I think). It’s a younger crowd, but I enjoyed it. For good foor, Pizza express can be found anywhere in the city and it’s decent enough. Be sure to eat Indian Food there too. I used to like getting my curry on Brick Lane (while there, check out the bagel bakery.I can’t remember the name, but it’s SO GOOD). My very favourite ice cream place in the city (well, gelato technically) is a little place on Charing Cross Rd. called Ciao! Gelateria. It has a giant ice cream cone outside and it’s right by Leicester Square. It’s easy enough to miss, but if you hapepn to see it, go inside. It’s totally worth it.

  2. Ive been looking forward to this

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