Acid techno collective Stay Up Forever to celebrate 30 years with new exhibition

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A new exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of iconic UK acid techno label Stay Up Forever, London Acid City, will launch this week.

It will be on display at East London club FOLD, running from Wednesday March 1 until Friday March 3 (“303 Day”).

London Acid City tells the story of acid’s roots in abandoned warehouses around London, driven by the sounds generated by Roland’s legendary synthesiser – the TB-303 – before exploding across the UK and across the globe.

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The exhibition is curated by photographer and art director Joe Giacomet and Stay Up Forever member Sterling Moss, drawing upon archived material and specially created works.

It follows a successful crowdfunding campaign that took place at the end of last year, which secured over £36,000 of pledged funding, more than doubling its goal of £15,000.

As part of the exhibition, Wednesday evening will see a preview showing of upcoming documentary Free Party: A Folk History, which will present the story of the UK’s free party movement and its impact, followed by a Q&A with its creators.

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A series of panel discussions will be presented on Thursday evening, including one with Stay Up Forever’s founders, Chris Liberator, Julian Liberator and Aaron Liberator.

Stay Up Forever was founded in 1993 as a record label, DJ crew and party. It has long been a key part of London and the UK’s underground techno scenes, with a slew of important releases, as well as being heavily involved in the free party scene.

As a collective, the group has expanded from the original three members to include a number of other electronic musicians, including D.A.V.E. the Drummer, Steve Mills and DJ Ant.

Tickets for London Acid City are free, but booking time slots in advance is recommended. To book click here.

Isaac Muk is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow him on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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