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Trainspotting’s Irvine Welsh to Co-write TV Series Ibiza87

Clubbers dancing outdoors, Amnesia II courtyard, Ibiza 1989

It’s easy to forget that the thriving club and house scene of today had its beginnings in Ibiza acid house in 1987. Who better to give us their take on those times than former enfant terrible Irvine Welsh? He gave us the literary cultural icon of his novel, ‘Trainspotting’, later immortalised in film by Danny Boyle. He’ll be co-writing with ex-music journalist Danny Kavanagh.

Welsh’s modus operandi of creating memorable ‘outsider’ characters seems well-suited to the hedonistic early days of the Ibiza club scene in which DJs Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Johnny Walker and Danny Rampling – all friends at the time – provided the soundtrack to the second Summer of Love; Oakenfold, Rampling and Holloway are set to do the same for the TV series.

“I’m very excited about this project,” said Oakenfold. “As you know, it ties in with the 30-year anniversary of our trip to Ibiza and what followed thereafter; the birth of the dance music club and festival scene as we know it today. It’s great to celebrate with this project as well as my world tour this year which is about just that, three generations of dance music.”

It sounds a riot; the drugs, the drink, the excess, and the arrests are all ripe for the re-telling, not to mention the beginning of the electronic music scene that the four friends brought back to Britain with them, inspiring Shroom and Future clubs to this day.

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