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In pursuit of repetitive beats

In pursuit of repetitive beats

27 October – 6 November 2022

Performances every hour from 1pm – 4pm, 6pm – 9pm

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.

Running time: The VR experience lasts approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your session and allow for up to an hour from start to finish.

Age guidance: 15+
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Access: Seated experience available for wheelchair users or those who would prefer to be seated for the 30-minute duration. Captioned version available.

Warnings: References to illegal activity and drug taking.

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.

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.


Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated world. Guests wear a headset with integrated over the ear headphones.


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.


Yes. Each session has a capacity of 6 which you can book individually or as a group.

This includes 4 walking experiences and 2 seated experiences.

The discounted seated experience is an accessible option for wheelchair users or those who would prefer to be seated for the 30-minute duration. Otherwise, the experience is no different.


Spectacles may be worn under the VR headset however it may be more comfortable to wear contact lenses or go without your glasses for the experience.


Most people do not experience any negative reactions to Virtual Reality. However, VR may be disorientating for individuals who are neurodiverse, have hearing or sight impairments, or experience vertigo, epilepsy, dizziness, seizures, motion sickness or fainting.

If you are pregnant, please consult with your GP before taking part.

Trained facilitators will be on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the experience should you require it.

We thoroughly clean and sanitise all equipment, including headsets and headphones, with hospital-grade antibacterial wipes and a UV machine before each use. We request that you use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival.

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. VR is not recommended for Under 13s.

Babies in slings are not permitted inside the experience.

Any guests arriving for the experience who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to take part.