30 Years of the DiY Collective

Harry Harrison

Now in their thirtieth year, the DiY Collective of DJs, producers, club promoters and free party people was instrumental in melding the original acid house concept into a new narrative, throwing legendary parties suffused with righteous anger and libertarian idealism.

Locating the ethos of DiY’s collectivism within a wider tradition of resistance and hedonism, founder member Harry has written for publications such as i-D, DJ Magazine and the Face and appeared on memorable panels including a lively debate with Howard Marks at the Ministry of Sound, a discussion of acid house at Festival 6 and a notorious appearance at In the City panel about Superclubs which ended in a mini-riot. In addition to various events to celebrate this year’s thirtieth birthday, Harry is currently writing the chronicles of DiY entitled ‘Bliss at Dawn’ in honour of Wordsworth’s comment on the French Revolution:

‘Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
 but to be young was very heaven’

Venue: Bunker