Waltham Forest’s rave legends celebrate exhibition launch

The free exhibition is now open to the public until next May
By Victoria Munro

Party organiser Tim Strudwick (right) then and now (credit: Lynn Sefton/Paula Smith)
Party organiser Tim Strudwick (right) then and now (credit: Lynn Sefton/Paula Smith)

Stalwarts from Waltham Forest’s former rave and pirate radio scene celebrated the opening of an exhibition honouring their work last night.

Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave & Waltham Forest, 1989-1994 is open to the public at Vestry House Museum from today.

The free exhibition is the result of a years-long research project by Katherine Green, who grew up alongside the borough’s DIY musical talent.

She previously told the Echo the project is about “celebrating people at the time who worked really hard to make music, to get it heard and to bring people together.”

More than 100 people, including DJs, producers, clubbers, promoters and record shop workers from that time, attended the exhibition’s launch last night.

(left to right) DJ Dlux, researcher Katherine Green and producer Lennie De Ice (credit: Rendezvous Projects)

Special guests included Linden C and Tim Strudwick – members of Hypnosis and organisers of the Bannerama parties – and producer Lennie De Ice.

It was a rave organised by Hypnosis that inspired a 1988 Sunday Sport article about the “weird new cult” that had “hypnotised” the British youth.

Linden C, providing his oral history for the project, also remembered repeatedly turning away now world-famous DJ Carl Cox when he asked to play at his events.

Katherine told the Echo: “It was really special to see people recognising each other after 30 years or so, bringing people back together and introducing a new generation to the amazing music heritage we have in Waltham Forest.”

The Sweet Harmony exhibition will remain at Vestry House Museum until 25th May next year – more info here.