13 episodes

When Ecstasy and Acid House first swept Britain, a group of lives would be changed forever. One Story. Half real life. Half drama. Welcome to Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave.

Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave BBC

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 489 Ratings

When Ecstasy and Acid House first swept Britain, a group of lives would be changed forever. One Story. Half real life. Half drama. Welcome to Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave.

    #BattleOfRave: Coming soon...

    #BattleOfRave: Coming soon...

    When Ecstasy and Acid House first swept Britain, a group of lives would be changed forever. One Story. Half real life. Half drama. Coming soon... Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave.

    • 1 min
    Ep1. I Need Your Love

    Ep1. I Need Your Love

    The very first MDMA pills hit Britain. Ecstasy fuses with the music of Acid House - and four ordinary people's lives are changed forever. #BattleOfRave

    This podcast contains strong language and references to drug use.


    Credits
    Presenter: Chris Warburton
    Series Producer: Emma Forde
    Additional Production: Nicola Dowling and Jane Andrews
    Sound Design: Sam Turner
    Digital: Eleanor Layhe and Alex Entwistle
    Editor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey

    • 32 min
    Meera Syal as The Raver

    Meera Syal as The Raver

    She's Mrs Ordinary now. But offer her an E, and she might just bite your hand off. All because there's a hole she has to fill... #BattleOfRave

    All characters portrayed by the dramatic actors are fictional. This drama contains strong language and references to drug use.


    Credits
    Performed by Meera Syal
    Written by Danny Brocklehurst
    Producer and Director: Gary Brown
    Sound Design and Mixing: Steve Brooke
    Editor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey

    • 15 min
    Ep2. Wizards Of E

    Ep2. Wizards Of E

    In the music and drug underground of Manchester, the pills have changed everything - all helped along by a famous name. In the Acid House dives and clubs, a special romance begins. #BattleOfRave

    This podcast contains strong language and references to drug use.


    Credits
    Presenter: Chris Warburton
    Series Producer: Emma Forde
    Additional Production: Nicola Dowling and Jane Andrews
    Sound Design: Sam Turner
    Digital: Eleanor Layhe and Alex Entwistle
    Editor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey

    • 31 min
    Ian Hart as The Dealer

    Ian Hart as The Dealer

    It started with a few bags of weed on the estate: but the pills turned it into a multinational operation. And the money... was mad. But so too was the life. #BattleOfRave

    All characters portrayed by the dramatic actors are fictional. This drama contains strong language and references to drug use.


    Credits
    Performed by Ian Hart
    Written by Danny Brocklehurst
    Producer and Director: Gary Brown
    Sound Design and Mixing: Steve Brooke
    Editor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey

    • 11 min
    Ep3. Pump Up The Volume

    Ep3. Pump Up The Volume

    Where do you get a million E's to bring into Britain? At the start, there was one answer: Amsterdam. And this is exactly how the deals were done. #BattleOfRave

    This podcast contains strong language and references to drug use.


    Credits
    Presenter: Chris Warburton
    Series Producer: Emma Forde
    Additional Production: Nicola Dowling and Jane Andrews
    Sound Design: Sam Turner
    Digital: Eleanor Layhe and Alex Entwistle
    Editor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
489 Ratings

489 Ratings

Marcuslilley ,

An excellent podcast

This is an excellently researched and presented podcast with lots of thoughtful and insightful responses. The mix of documentary and drama is unique and makes it a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

hobbalina ,

BBC production- BBC censorship

What a brilliant format for telling this extraordinary tale of E and rave culture from the back end of the 80s. The podcast has some great contributors and the story is well told. However what REALLY bugged me was Warbuton’s deeply conservative overtones casting long shadows editorially over the content. In my experience, and that of my mates over 20 years of raving have never had a problem with ecstasy. And compared with the number of alcohol related deaths it’s fair to say E is a relatively safe drug. That’s not to say there aren’t deaths or lives and families are destroyed by E and the gang related culture behind it, but for Warburton to keep harping on, on this point is actually subverting the truth. I’d like to have heard a far more honest drugs debate particularly in regard to prohibition and and the law, and the impact on the lives of those working in the drugs business. I felt John was an excellent contributor, as was Danny yet their voices felt somewhat stifled by Warburton’s clearly establishment (BBC) conservative voice. I found this very frustrating as I think it gives people the wrong idea about this extraordinary (and wonderful) drug.

joe90nine ,

Superb! Some different angles and new stories!

Wow, just wow. Loved this podcast. So good to hear different stories from outside of London and also fascinating to hear how the drugs were being sourced. Overall superb delivery and a great balance from all sides. Awesome work Chris and the team!

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