Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave and Waltham Forest, 1989-1994

Sweet Harmony Flyer

Rendezvous Projects is currently working on a project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund which explores the history of music heritage and youth culture in the London Borough of Waltham Forest during the period 1989-1994.

The project, entitled Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave and Waltham Forest will focus on the history of pirate radio and rave in the borough and research takes place from April to October 2019. The project is involving the local community and volunteers and will include oral history interviews from people who were involved in the scene, photographs, event flyers, video and audio from the time as well as contemporary photographs. It will result in a publication, public event and web archive; content will be accessioned by Vestry House Museum archives for future public access.

We are also working with YOUTH CLUB Archive as our archive partner.


We’re holding an event to celebrate the mid-way point in the project. Join us at Leyton Technical on 5 September 2019, from 7pm. We’re inviting people to bring photos, flyers and memories of pirate radio and raving in Waltham Forest in the period 1989-1994.

This also includes a rare screening of the film ‘Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Story’ by Winstan Whitter.

The event is free but ticketed. To get tickets, please either visit the Facebook or Eventbrite page.


Do you have memories or material to share?

If you were part of the pirate radio or dance music scene in the borough at this time and would like to find out more about the project, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from people who ran businesses, or attended events, designed flyers, took photographs, dj’d and have any video.

Contact us on 07537147999 or email katherine@rendezvousprojects.org.uk

Volunteering Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers, in particular, we are looking for people interested in gaining experience in the following:

  • Writing and researching articles
  • Creating short videos
  • Updating social media
  • Researching and compiling audio and video playlists
  • Transcribing oral histories

If you’re interested, please fill in this online form. Or for any queries, please email katherine@rendezvousprojects.org.uk

Thanks very much for your interest.

We value the involvement of volunteers as it helps ensure our work includes the interests, needs and resources of the communities where we work. We believe that volunteers should be able to personally benefit from being involved in our projects.


Project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund