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Spotify and Saatchi Gallery team up on acid house and rave

FIRST OF ITS KIND: The Spotify Sweet Harmony exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery has been well-received

IN A first-of-its-kind cultural partnership with the Saatchi Gallery, Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, will be featuring 16 listening stations at the gallery for three months as part of the Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today exhibition on rave culture.

The partnership launched at the Saatchi Gallery in London last week.

It is the first major exhibition dedicated to acid house and rave culture in the UK, featuring a variety of audiovisual, multimedia, art and photography installations.

The immersive retrospective reflects on the period in which acid house and rave emerged, while also paying homage to the creative spirits who shaped it into its present form. The show promises to “recapture the new world that emerged from the acid house scene and narrate the ascendancy of rave culture with the youth of today”.

Sulinna Ong, UK head of artist and label Services, and acting head of music culture and editorial at Spotify, said: “We can’t wait for people to experience our collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery on this unique retrospective.

“Our 16 listening stations not only promise guests the ideal soundtrack to the show but give fans of acid house and rave culture the perfect playlists featuring some of the leading lights of the UK scene.”

Each Spotify listening station is dedicated to a unique playlist, curated to represent part of the wider rave movement, namely disco, Chicago house, Detroit techno, New York house, Balearic house, acid house, happy hardcore, Berlin techno, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle music, garage music, Kwaito music, electro/EDM, grime, drill and Pete Tong.

Spotify has co-curated some of the playlists with leading artists from the acid house and rave scene – Todd Edwards for UK garage, Fabio and Groove Rider for jungle and Andy C for drum ‘n’ bass.

The listening stations will have their own scannable codes so that guests can download the playlists on their own devices.

All playlists can also be accessed on Spotify under ‘Sweet Harmony Sounds’.

Tickets to the exhibition, which runs until September 14, are £10

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