Techno Activate


Since the summer of 2019 Poppy Tibbetts, Louis Hill and Sam Dolbear have been mapping, uncovering and researching the underground techno archive at MayDay Rooms.

As a mass popular movement that involved and united many subcultures, the rave scene gained political bite after John Major's introduction of the Criminal Justice Act (1993). The ephemera deposited at MayDay focuses on a period from 1993 and the Dead By Dawn/TechNet/Alien Undergound/Datacide assemblage centred on Brixton’s 121 Centre. Amongst the papers are zines from the period, flyers, news cuttings, correspondence and typescripts and drafts of TechNet writings.

Images here are from the MayDay Rooms archive and also all from the 56a Infoshop archive, who have been a great support.

If you are interested to be involved, please get in touch