'Trainspotting' Author to Write TV Series About Acid House

'Trainspotting' Author to Write TV Series About Acid House

Ibiza87 will take place in the European rave scene of the 1980s.

Ibiza87 will take place in the European rave scene of the 1980s.

Text: Thomas Freeman

The Irvine Welsh novel Trainspotting, later made into a film of the same name, has long shocked readers with its gritty and unapologetic look at drug culture. Clearly they have never been to Ibiza.

Welsh has announced that he is writing a new TV series titled Ibiza87, set at the height of Ibiza’s “acid house” scene. Acid house is an early iteration of electronic dance music, characterized fast beats and electronic squelches. How it got its name does not need to be explained.

The show will be loosely based of the debauched adventures of three British DJs—Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway and Danny Rampling—as they first descend on the Mediterranean party island in the late 1980s. That they remember enough of their experiences to spin it into a TV show is a wonder.

“The house music scene and most importantly, the friendships made, the adventures had and crazy tales swapped, have been a pivotal part of our lives over the years," Welsh said in a statement. "Those beats, pills, and travels (whether to the other side of the world or across the town) shaped a generation, and the opportunity to construct a drama within this backdrop is a dream come true."

The soundtrack to Ibiza87 will be supplied by the Oakenfold, Holloway and Rampling themselves.

Clubbers dancing outdoors, Amnesia II courtyard, Ibiza 1989. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

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