Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On February 11 I'm going to be in Liverpool to give a talk on the Hardcore Continuum hosted by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in association with The Wire. There'll be an audio-visual component (expect: rude 'n' cheesy) and the main body of the talk will be followed by an onstage discussion with Mark Fisher (Acting Deputy Editor of The Wire/K-punk) and then a Q/A session with the audience.

Location: FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ
Date: Wednesday February 11th
Time: 7.00pm to 9-00 pm
Admission: £7.00/£5.00 (members & concessions)
Information: tel. 0151 7074444 or

In parallel with the FACT lecture and as part of the magazine's 300th Issue commemorative program of online selections from its voluminous archives, The Wire presents my series of hardcore continuum articles: seven essays, midway between scene reports and thinkpieces, that appeared in the magazine between 1992 and 2005, documenting in real-time the paradigm shifts from rave to jungle, UK garage to grime.

Here's my introduction to the series archive
here's the first piece, on Ardkore and "Rush Culture", from November 1992
here's the second one, Ambient Jungle, from that glorious summer of 1994
here's the third one, on The State of Drum & Bass, June 1995
here's the fourth one , about Hardstep, Jump Up and Techstep, from June 1996
here's the fifth one, on Neurofunk versus Speed Garage, from December 1997
here's the sixth one, Adult Hardcore a/k/a Feminine Pressure, about 2step Garage, from April 1999
(while the footnotes to it, originally published online, are here)
the seventh one , on Grime (and a little bit of Dubstep), published April 2005

Once the whole set of pieces is up, I'm going to scribble down here some of my more straggly and whimsical afterthoughts/memories relating to this series, which after all constitutes, in a funny, veiled sort of way, a kind of autobiography.


Anonymous said...

Wax City - those were the days! Hear tunes on Don FM on the Friday night and then down to there on the Saturday morning to grab a promo!

jpimbo said...

Hi Simon

I have been reading your blog about Rave music and the rave scene and wondering if you would like to get involved in our radio show on the Duncan Barkes Show where posing the question where you a raver? Find out what makes a raver, what the scene was like, being based in Liverpool we know all about the rave scene but would be great for yourself to take part and talk about the book and blog Energy Flash it you are available for an interview over the phone for Friday morning around 9.20am if you can get back to me on the email

Ta James