‘There is something innately subversive about the idea of losing yourself on the dancefloor’

‘There is something innately subversive about the idea of losing yourself on the dancefloor’
Tonie Walsh: ‘If you bring people together, there is something magical that comes out of that process’ Pic: Dylan Vaughan

Activist, archivist, DJ and godfather to Dublin’s dance scene Tonie Walsh talks to Jessie Collins about why clubs still matter, and why it’s time to bring them back

When the audience settles down to the screening of the new documentary Notes On Rave next Sunday in Dublin’s Smithfield, some will be taking a trip down memory lane. They’ll share in a nostalgic journey through the very beginnings of Dublin’s dance scene from the early 1980s, all the way up to its commercialisation and, some would say, demise in the mid to late-2000s.

Some will know the moments, the music,...

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