The Internet: in 1991 still science fiction. Portable telephones: bigger than bricks. The euro: is not introduced as a currency until 11 years later. But musically the future had long since dawned: “techno music”! And it saw conventional instruments such as drums and guitar replaced by drum computers and synthesizers. Vocals: no chance.
This new “electronic music” establishes itself in the underground, mainly in the metropolises of Frankfurt and “anything-is-possible” Berlin shortly after the fall of the Wall. It is here in an old engines factory building that the Republic’s first major “rave” is also held: MAYDAY. 6,000 “ravers” celebrate “The Best of House and Techno”. The line-up features DJs such as Sven Väth, Tanith, Westbam and Marusha.
A movement quickly emerges from the subculture: it is the genesis of the youth culture of Generation X and all those which have followed to date. As early as 1993 16,000 ravers dance at the first MAYDAY in Dortmund to “The Prodigy”, “Moby” and “Jeff Mills”. Belgium, Holland, England – they come from all over Europe. Their common language: tolerance and music. And there is just as much variety to the sound as there is to the visitors: hardcore, trance, drum’n’bass, techno and house.
2011 sees MAYDAY staging its 20th anniversary and at the same time notching up an all-time record number of visitors, with 27,000 celebrating a fantastic golden party. All styles of electronic music are presented on what are now five different floors. With the “Twenty Dome” there is also a Classic Floor for the first time.
Today, in 2016, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary – with DJs who were in the line-up at the very first MAYDAY and with the young stars of the present. With both deep techno and the latest styles of electronic music, for that is precisely what MAYDAY has stood for ever since 1991: True Rave!
Forward Ever, Backward Never. MAYDAY – Twenty Five.