I Love Acid: 12 Years Strong

This Friday, I Love Acid return for their fifth party underneath our wooden beams. Ahead of the dance, founder and chief Josh Posthuman reflects on 12 years running one of the UK's most loved, colourful raves.

I Love Acid has been running since April 2007, so this party is pretty much our twelfth birthday.

It was born out of a one-off bash with me and Luke Vibert picking a bunch of mates and loosely basing a party around his track “I Love Acid” – there was never a plan to do anything more. It was down at Corsica Studios, I had 1000 CDs made with some acid tracks for the flyer and gave them all away. It was a wicked night and would have even made some money except someone spilled a drink into a Formula Sound F1 mixer which I then had to pay for repairs…

After that, we did another party at Corsica Studios and a few months later I Love Acid started as a monthly residency at Ginglik – a 200 capacity venue in an abandoned public toilet, underneath Shepherd’s Bush Green. It was an amazing space, run by a lovely crew, with a little Turbosound rig that absolute sung when you ran it right. For seven years, we were there every month – in the first year Placid joined as my fellow resident DJ. For anyone talking about I Love Acid – Ginglik was the magic place where it all happened. It was a perfect venue – intimate low ceiling, good sound, the right crew – I’ve always said if it had been in East London, it would have been treated with a reverence to match the likes of Plastic People.

Sadly, Ginglik closed in 2014, and for a few years I Love Acid was nomadic. Not just in London, but across the UK and Europe, I kept putting on the parties, but nothing caught the vibe the way Ginglik did – until in 2018, when the Body Hammer crew suggested we speak to Pickle Factory.

Our first bash at Pickle, with Terry Farley, Johnny Aux (Paranoid London) and myself – was a sellout, and all the regular who came along were unanimous: it felt like being back at Ginglik. Just small enough to keep it personal and the right crew in, but still with a proper soundsystem to impact the dancefloor. There were three more parties to follow – with Altern8 and Ceephax, then Carl Finlow and DMX Krew, and then Leftfield and Luke Vibert. Each one has sold out and matched the glory days of Ginglik for atmosphere.

For this party – our headliner is Benjamin Damage. I first heard his work with Doc Daneeka (Creeper, and Deaf Siren were the ones I played out LOADS) back in the early 2010’s. His sound really meshes post-dubstep techno and UK Bass but with a rave sensibility. He’s recently signed to legendary imprint R&S Records, and has been touring a full hardware show – he’ll be banging out the live acid lines for us.

We’ve also got sets from two of the UK’s most important and influential underground techno DJs – Mark ‘Turbo’ Turner and Neville Watson. Turner was resident at The Orbit, at the Afterdark in Moreley near Leeds. Along with Liverpool’s voodoo, arguably one of the absolute defining Northern UK techno clubnights. He’s played alongside pretty much everyone you can think of – from Dave Clarke to Jeff Mills, LFO to Weatherall, Joey Beltram to Sven Vath, and even Aphex Twin. Mark also worked at Manchester’s iconic Eastern Bloc Records in it’s heyday, and currently has a residency on Leeds KMAH Radio with his ‘Werd’ show.

Neville Watson is well known to the I Love Acid crew – he’s released a 12” on the label, played at one of our Corsica Studios bashes and last year he and I did a fully improvised hardware show together. Neville has played all over the world – from Sub Club to Panorama Bar. He ran the famous Checkpoint Charlie nights and also had his own shop Mighty Atom Records.

Joining us in the cocktail bar – the extra space that Pickle Factory have opened up across the courtyard, are the Echaskech crew. They are doing a live show at St Pancras Church earlier in the evening, and are running things in our second room all night long as their official afterparty. Anyone heading down to see Echaskech play earlier gets entry to I Love Acid with their wristband for £5.

And that just leaves myself and Placid, the I Love Acid residents. Placid will be, as ever, opening the room and selecting a fully vinyl-only set that delves deep into Chicago House and Electro -his latest mix is below.

While I’ll be doing my usual drunken high-enegry mashups & edits to close proceedings on the night – check the latest set up on Rinse.FM for a taster.

Hope to see you on the dancefloor.

Josh Posthuman x

I Love Acid's party this Friday, celebrating 12 years strong, is now very close to selling out. Final release tickets available below.