A laser-lit, laugh-out-loud trip through the 1990s clubbing scene - a This Is Going to Hurt for the rave generation.
Kirk Field was re-born in June 1989 in a courtyard in Hackney and
spent the next decade of his life dancing, travelling, writing,
singing and promoting some of London's biggest club nights, his
words appearing in the likes of Mixmag, DJ Mag and the
In 1999, he formed a bespoke clubbing travel company, becoming the first person to deliver international club cruises from the UK. His knowledge of the scene led to him penning Ibiza guides for everyone from The Sun to Time Out and presenting features on Radio 1 and MTV.
Since 2005, Kirk has helped to develop the world's premier alpine music festival, Snowbombing in Austria, for which he continues to provide creative consultancy and media hosting.
'Funny, intelligent and never sensationalised. Whether you're into
the rave scene or not, this is an irrepressible read...starry-eyed
and laughing rather than glazed and crazed. 4/5.' -- Record
'Never a dull moment.... packed to the eyeballs with vivid anecdotes and a five-star cast list.' -- Electronic Sound
'(A) Fantastic account of the dance revolution...documented in exhilarating fashion. Rave New World is an intoxicating love letter to one of music's most misunderstood eras. 4/5.' -- Classic Pop
'Love this book! It triggers so many memories of the rave era. Thoroughly recommended.' -- Fatboy Slim
'Captures the hedonism and humour of the nineties with a laugh-out-loud honesty. The perfect Ibiza holiday read...if you can get it through customs!' -- Judge Jules
'Like myself, Kirk was there right from the start of the 'rave new world', reporting and recording our revolution as it happened. This book is full of great tales and laughs - the perfect balance of history, hedonism and humour.' -- Slipmatt
'There are quite a few books covering our culture, but THIS is the one.' -- DJ Fergie
'Kirk Field took a fathoms deep dive in to the chaotic, curious, and sometimes highly ridiculous world of DJ's and nightclubbing and lived to tell the tale. And what a tale it is.' -- Richard Norris, The Grid
'The rave era was a time of exploration and new possibilities and here Kirk Field documents his discoveries and experiences with skill, humour, and warmth. Whether you were there too, or just interested to learn more, this is a great read.' -- Nick Halkes, XL, Positiva Records
'A wonderful first-hand account, direct from the front-line Kirk Field was right there in the eye of the storm of those early, incredible, halcyon days of Rave. His wide-eyed enthusiasm lights up every page as he blazes through anecdote after anecdote from a truly pivotal time in the UK's cultural history.' -- Dave Seaman, Mixmag editor, DJ, producer
'Such an enjoyable book. I loved Kirk's playful style of writing and finding out about all his lively antics in clubland. Kirk is one of the most interesting people I've met in clubland, so it was a joy reading all the mischief he's got up to over the years.' -- Lisa Pin-Up, producer
'An excellent insight to what it was like to eat, sleep and breathe the vibes of the original raves. I feel like I've been transported back in time and reliving the journey!' -- Aston Harvey, The Freestylers
"Lively and relentless...Like a Forest Gump of clubland. A funny, insightful, exciting read that comes highly recommended.' -- Mixmag
'Fascinating. A refreshing reminder that the scene was built on creativity, passion and a love of music and unity on the dance floor. A must read.' -- John Digweed