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A look at the club. From Studio 54, to Shoom, illegal raves and The Hacienda to the contemporary megaclub brands in Las Vegas and Ibiza.

This episode celebrates the club. From Studio 54, The Loft and Paradise Garage to Shoom, illegal raves, The Hacienda, Cream and on to the contemporary megaclub brands in Las Vegas and Ibiza.

Telling the story of how club culture went from shady Chicago lofts to desert casinos. Along the way we learn about the pioneering sound systems that powered the clubs that transitioned disco into house.

Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano takes us to see the last Richard Long system - in a fairground on Coney Island. Paul Oakenfold takes us to the place he considers to be the birthplace of modern day dance culture - a back alley in Streatham, south London. New Order members Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner recall the trip that led to the birth of The Hacienda.

We end with the multi-billion dollar business of modern clubbing where huge dance events dominate and clubbers in Las Vegas can pay $50,000 for a table by the dance floor. Has the corporate dance experience killed the true meaning of clubbing?

59 minutes


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Role Contributor
Narrator Rosalind Eleazar
Series Producer Steve Condie
Producer James Giles
Executive Producer Jez Nelson
Production Manager Lee-Anne Richardson
Editor Paul Ruston
Editor Jonny Quinn
Producer Mira Aroyo
Producer Nicky Lessware
Production Manager Jenny James
Production Coordinator Clare Porter
Production Coordinator Eleanor Gecks
Production Coordinator Abi Beasley
Producer Karen Walsh
Producer James Hunt
Re-recording mixer John Scott
Colourist Chris Greybe
On-line editing Paul Ruston
Music Supervisor Gary Welch
Director of photography Franklin Dow
Camera Operator Alexander Hill
Camera Operator Cal Hallows


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