The DiY Sound System was one of Britain’s first house sound systems. It was created in Nottingham in 1989 as a reaction against rave promoters who valued financial gain over the joy of their party-goers, and the anti-rave legislation that was beginning to come into force at that time. Around the time of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, DiY played a key role in the largest illegal rave ever put on at Castlemorton Common Festival prior to the Bill and a constant stream of illegal, outdoor parties all over the country.
DiY also hosted legitimate club nights, with their “Bounce” night touring the country as well as being a staple of Nottingham’s night life. Its popularity, connected to its lack of concern for dress codes coupled with its very particular form of deep, soulful, often minimal house music, led to it being recognised as one of the top ten club nights in Britain by The Times.