Ok I’m not even going to attempt a history of the rave flyer (if someone wants to do one, I would LOVE to post it). But, I would LOVE to see the flyer from your first rave (or electronic music event if it wasn’t a rave).
Anticipating the return of Daft Punk, I went back and found the flyer from my first rave. They headlined (DJ set only) with Josh Wink in 1999. I believe it was the day after I moved out of my parents place to go to university (sorry mom!). Dragged along my gbf (gay best friend), who though he liked cheesy house, never went to another rave again. I danced until 5 am at the house/techno stage without even having so much as a drink of alcohol. Went home, passed out for 2 hours, then went to my first day of work at a record store. Turns out this was also the first rave for one of my best friends (who I didn’t meet until 2005).
I definitely have a more unusual story for my ( 15+???) love affair with electronic music. Most people don’t like it until they pop a pill at a trance party. I remember going to Electric Circus in high school (also with my gbf), singing along to Dance Mix 1992-1997. Ok yes, total cheese, but I was like 13. Sometime around Exit Planet Dust (I think technically my first electronic music album I ever bought) my tastes started to refine themselves a bit. Prodigy was likewise blowing up in North America. I totally dug it, but I was still more into hard rock/alternative. However, I remember the exact moment I fell in love with techno. It was either 1998 or 1999, I was working at HMV and a coworker put on Carl Cox’s Sound of the Ultimate Base after we closed the store for the night. Literally, space-time froze and I was like “WHAT THE SHIT IS THIS????” Soon after was introduced to Richie Hawtin, and minimal and hard techno have been my bread and butter ever since. In 2009 Carl Cox played my Burning Man camp (Opulent Temple) and I got my 10 year old copy of Sound of the Ultimate Base autographed.
I’ll stop here because I can keep going on about this shit for hours.