Better Days: The Story of UK Rave features SHERELLE, TSHA, Afrodeutsche and more.
A new documentary exploring over 30 years of British rave culture is due to be released this month. Topics covered in the film – which is called Better Days: The Story of UK Rave – include rave’s origins, legacy and the first wave of illegal free parties through to its impact today on emerging artists and contemporary dance music trends. It also touches on the more recent lockdown gatherings that have taken place during the pandemic.
The new documentary was directed by MOBO-nominated filmmaker Hugo Jenkins. The film is soundtracked by Overmono, who join the project fresh off the back of their rave-tinged Pieces of 8 / Echo Rush 12″ for XL Recordings. The brotherly duo’s score features tracks such as Orbital’s Chime (Special Request Remix) and Dance System’s tune with Rush Davis, Better Days.
Better Days fuses insight and anecdotes from a selection of rave figureheads (such as Terry Farley, Luke Unabomber and Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll) with commentary from rising electronic music innovators like SHERELLE, Afrodeutsche, TSHA, Prospa, Dance System and Denis Sulta. Former The Face editor Sheryl Garratt also features, alongside various event organisers, rave crews and promoters, who share their thoughts on the challenges both current and future impacting electronic music and nightlife culture in the UK.
“British rave culture has been a lot for us, mainly in terms of inspiration,” said Prospa on their involvement in the project. “We got involved in Better Days when they approached us. The most exciting thing honestly was that they valued our input highly enough to be a part of the documentary. It was our first documentary and what an iconic and perfect topic to be able to speak about.”
Better Days: The Story of UK Rave premieres on Twitch on 28 May at 7pm (BST). It will be available to watch in the Amazon Music app and via the Amazon Music YouTube channel from 31 May.
Watch a trailer below.