A foam party is a social event in which participants dance to music on a dance floor covered in several feet of suds or bubbles dispensed from a foam machine
Foam parties can be dated back to A Rhapsody in Black and Blue, a 1932 short subject directed by Aubrey Scotto where Louis Armstrong dances, sings, and plays his trumpet in a large area of soap suds. Songs performed in the foam are “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You” and “Shine”. Another film featuring foam parties is The Party featuring Peter Sellers.
Modern foam parties were developed in the early 1990s by club promoters in Ibiza. Generally machines were large ceiling mounted foam generators, creating a large volume of foam that fell from the ceiling onto clubbers. This was not seen as practical in a lot of venues due to the large water usage and subsequent clean up required.
As Ibiza foam parties became more popular the craze spread, and the foam cannon was developed by Roy Barlow from The Entertainment Biz and Robin Wincup from Galaxy and introduced into the UK in 1992; these were the first machines to meet with all UK health and safety requirements.