A rare piece of early house history! Shoom flyer from March 1988 hits eBay with the price already in three figures – and it’s all for a very good cause…

Regular readers will no doubt know by now that this blog loves a bit of history. Not a lot of the stuff from the early days of the dance music scene has survived, and stories of highly questionable accuracy linger to this day – the myth of the Belleville Three being one, for example.

This means flyers and other memorabilia can be worth a lot of money. I recently wrote about how a Shoom fanzine from 1988 sold for £450 on eBay – and now there’s a flyer up there for an event which took place on March 12th in the same year.

At the time of writing this article, bidding for the item – which contains a curious piece of text, “no ruffians” – is at £235, and the online auction isn’t due to end until this coming Sunday. Whilst I have no estimate this time, the highest price a flyer from this era got to was £1200 – and that was for the first Hedonism event which took place around the same time.

The proceeds this time are going to a man who aspires to get back into DJing. He’s having a bit of a hard time at the moment – and music would really help him out. Even as someone who’s only done a tiny amount of DJing in the past, I can understand its cathartic effects on the brain.

If you want the flyer, go make an offer. Don’t want it or funds not exactly flush at present? Go and send him some money here…