Irvine Welsh to co-write TV series about rave culture

Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh is set to co-write a new TV series about the origins of acid house and UK rave culture, titled Ibiza87.

The Trainspotting creator will co-write the story – which is loosely based on the beginning of the careers of prominent British DJs Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway and Danny Rampling – with Dean Cavanagh, an award-winning screenwriter who started his career as a journalist, writing for the likes of The Face and i-D.

Ibiza87 will begin with Oakenfold, Holloway and Rampling’s inspiring trip to Ibiza in 1987, and it will also depict the so-called ‘Second Summer of Love’ in 1988 and 1989 when acid house dominated much of dance culture in the UK.

“The house music scene and most importantly, the friendships made, the adventures had and crazy tales swapped, have been a pivotal part of our lives over the years,” Welsh said in a press release.

“Those beats, pills and travels (whether to the other side of the world or across the town) shaped a generation, and the opportunity to construct a drama within this backdrop is a dream come true.”

Speaking about the new project, Oakenfold revealed that he was “excited” about the narrative focus of the new series.

“[The show] ties in with the 30-year anniversary of our trip to Ibiza and what followed thereafter; the birth of the dance music club and festival scene as we know it today,” he said.

“It’s great to celebrate with this project as well as my world tour this year which is about just that, three generations of dance music.”

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