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In pursuit of repetitive beats

In pursuit of repetitive beats

27 October – 6 November 2022

A multi sensory joyride into the heart of a revolution in dance. Grab your friends and plug into a virtual reality adventure that transports you into the heart of the Acid House movement.

IN PURSUIT OF REPETITIVE BEATS is an interactive virtual reality experience by award-winning filmmaker Darren Emerson, inviting audiences to go in search of an illegal rave, one night in Coventry in 1989.

From poster-strewn bedrooms to pirate radio stations, police headquarters to secret warehouses, you’ll step-into the shoes of rave culture pioneers as you go in search of the party.

Witness this social phenomenon first-hand, in an immersive exhibition and explorable virtual world set at the end of a turbulent decade in the UK. Combining Acid House tracks with interactivity and multi-sensory simulation.

In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats brings to life the stories of the promoters, police officers, and rave-goers, whose rivalries and relationships drove a revolution in music and society.

Book your ticket back to 1989 to share in an experience that shaped a generation; to feel the anticipation, the trepidation, the excitement, and the euphoria, that was Acid House.


  • Each 'full experience' session has a capacity of 6 which you can book individually or as a group. There are also 2 additional 'sit down' experience spaces (with a chair) which are discounted and listed as WMC Accessible tickets.
  • The VR experience runs for approximately 30 minutes (not including the welcome briefing); please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your session and allow for up-to an hour from start-to-finish.
  • The whole experience takes place in an installation space in which visitors wear a VR headset; during the experience you will move around in the space wearing the headset, engaging with virtual and physical/sensory experiences. This has been designed to feel safe, and to be as intuitive, enjoyable, and accessible as possible for everyone.
  • Trained facilitators will be on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the experience should you require it.
  • VR headsets are cleaned thoroughly after each session.
  • Following the VR experience there is a small exhibition containing archive and other audio-visual materials exploring the British Acid House scene to enjoy at your leisure.
  • The VR experience is recommended for audiences aged 15+ (the content features references to illegal activity and drug taking). People younger than 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; VR is not recommended for those younger than 13.

In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats is produced by BPM XR LTD and East City Films. Supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery Funding, and Coventry City of Culture Trust.