Monday 20 November 2017

Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh is writing a new TV series about rave culture

Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh
People dance at Bora-Bora Bar at the Platja d'en Bossa in Ibiza, Spain.

Sasha Brady

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is writing a new TV series about the origins of the late 80's and early 90's dance scene.

Literary superstar Welsh injected himself into the mainstream of popular culture in 1991 when he was hailed by the Face - the influential magazine that launched Kate Moss' career - as the Poet Laureate of the chemical generation.

So it makes sense that the Trainspotting author is penning a TV series about the origins of acid house and rave culture in the UK.

Collaborating with Welsh on the script is award-winning screenwriter and former music journalist and club promoter, Dan Cavanagh,

People dance at Bora-Bora Bar at the Platja d'en Bossa in Ibiza, Spain.
People dance at Bora-Bora Bar at the Platja d'en Bossa in Ibiza, Spain.

The series will be "loosely based" around DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling and "chronicle the beginnings of the rave movement, from the trio's fateful Ibiza trip in 1987 to the second summer of love", according to reports from FACT.

A press release calls it "the missing link between 24 Hour Party People and Straight Outta Compton".

"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," said Welsh.

"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."

The series, titled Ibiza87, is backed by Sony Pictures International.

A release date is yet to be confirmed.

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