Did you have any legendary/nationally recognised brands/nights in your city/county?
How about DJ's & MC's? Any big named DJ's & MC's from your way who were big on the scene? Again, who were they?
What about record shops & ticket outlets? Venues?
And are any of these people and places still going strong?
Birmingham was a mecca, and IMHO, the midlands was so overlooked when it came to longevity. I mean, the sheer volume of big brands we had over our way was flat-out ridiculous! Not to mention everything else.
We never had much in the way of DJ's, but the midlands had tons of talent.
Jim"Shaft" Ryan (although he played literally EVERY chill-out/room 2 at every rave going, he was still very instrumental in the scene)
Donovan "Bad Boy" Smith
Mc's: Lenni, Bassman, Magika
Venues (this is where the midlands really excelled, imho):
The Eclipse/The Edge (voted the best venue in the country)
The Hummingbird (absolutely legendary)
The Q Club (say no more!)
The Institute (see above)
The Aston Villa Leisure Centre (such an underused place!)
Brands (again, a silly list):
Formation Records was a Midlands-based label. SS, out of Leicester, ran it.
The Depot was THE best ticket outlet in the UK. An untouchable shop for tape-packs and flyers as well.
We're still not on London's level (if you go from '87-'00, possibly '03, that city was untouchable for that whole timeline, although the Midlands, I have on VERY good authority, was still fucking AWESOME).
So there you have it, the Midlands, a place that was VERY immersed in the scene.
All of the MC's
SS & Formation are still around
Pandemonium do the odd reunion here and there (same for Flashback)
Glenn Aston is still around
The Institute is now the HMV Forum
Jim Ryan is still around
Depot is shut down
There isn't much of a "Rave scene" (I'm talking oldskool, d&b, hardcore etc) around here nowadays. Shame...
Good question! I was quite lucky being down South. In my hometown of Bournemouth there was a very healthy scene. Obviously there was Fantazia Summertime in 1992, but it had a wealth of small local brands and clubs including Madisons, Remix, Wild Turkey, and also Dreamscape had their head office in Bournemouth town centre til about 1999. There weren't any A-list DJs, producers or MCs, but lots of well known local ones like Aquasky, Dream, Dance, MC Shadow, Martyn The Hat, X-cess. The main local record labels were Stormtrooper, Burning Bush and Underdog which were all run by the same guy.
Then just down the road was Southampton which was like my second home as I had lots of mates there. Pretty much all the big happy hardcore DJs were from the area - Hixxy, Ramos & Supreme, Sunset Regime, UFO, Stu J, Brisk, MC Marley etc.