The first Mayday event, December 14, 1991 at the Weißensee hall in Berlin, was organised to support the East German youth radio DT64. The name was derived from the international "Mayday" distress signal. The idea for the party came from Fabian Lenz (DJ Dick), his brother Maximilian (WestBam) and the magazine Frontpage. Because the first event was a great success with around 5,000 visitors, a second edition was organised on April 30, 1992 at the Ice stadion of Cologne.
Between 1992-1996 the Mayday event was organised twice a year, on April 30 and in November or December. On April 30, 1993 the first Mayday was organised at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, while the wintereditions were held in Berlin and once in Frankfurt. The Winter Mayday in 1994 with the theme "The Raving Society" was held at two consecutive nights, both with the same line-up of DJs, because the tickets for the actual planned event on November 26 were sold out very quickly. From 1997 all edition took place at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund on April 30.
In 1992 Mayday presented gabber, which is Dutch hardcore, for the very first time. In the same year “Sound of Rotterdam” remixed the Mayday anthem. 1993 saw hardcore founding father Marc Acardipane actually generating “Judgement Day” feelings in Dortmund with PCP. In 1994 Thunderdome dream team DJ Dano took the place by storm at “The Raving Society”. The end of the 90s was the parting of the ways for hardcore and Mayday.
Each Mayday had a theme. Until 2013 it was composed by Members of Mayday, DJs WestBam and Klaus Jankuhn. WestBam, who participated in all 60 Mayday events worldwide left the organisation on Februari 2014 because of unbridgable differences with organised i-motion.
The first 14 editions of the Mayday event in Germany
|December 14, 1991||Best of House and Techno||Berlin||5.000|
|April 30. 1992||A New Chapter of House and Techno||Köln||12.000|
|December 12. 1992||Forward Ever, Backward Never||Berlin||7.000|
|April 30, 1993||The Judgement Day||Dortmund||16.000|
|December 11. 1993||The Religion||Berlin||6.000|
|April 30, 1994||Rave Olympia||Dortmund||24.000|
|November 25-26, 1994||The Raving Society (We are Different)||Berlin||34.000|
|April 30. 1995||Reformation||Dortmund||22.000|
|December 16. 1995||The Great Coalition||Frankfurt am Main||18.000|
|April 30. 1996||X||Dortmund||20.000|
|December 14. 1996||Life on Mars||Berlin||8.000|
|April 30. 1997||Sonic Empire||Dortmund||18.000|
|April 30. 1998||Save the Robots||Dortmund||20.000|
|April 30. 1999||Soundtropolis||Dortmund||20.000|