Manchester’s Albert Hall has announced a double whammy of massive shows that will be taking place over Easter weekend this year. Good Friday will see Innervisions spearheads Dixon and Âme taking the reins all night long before British techno don Carl Cox will play on Saturday alongside a selection of friends.
First to come is Dixon and Âme’s all night long performance, which is a breed of show that has become highly sought after worldwide. Both of these German house and techno stalwarts are superb DJs and live performers in their own right, with Dixon topping the RA Top 100 Artists chart once again in 2015, 8 places in front of his counterpart Âme. Known for mixes that stretch out for minutes at a time, with their own emotive style of techno forming the majority of their performances, the two selectors are arguably one of the best duos to watch for an extended amount of time.
Expect synth heavy progression to turn to heavier industrial sounds over the space of 7 hours on the 25th March at one of Manchester’s most stunning music venues. The label the pair run together, Innervisions, is one of the most esteemed to have come out of their home country and has seen releases from the likes of Henrik Schwarz, Agoria, Howling, Mathew Dekay and Gerd Janson, not to mention both of the label owners. Playing from the first to the very last tune, this is a rare opportunity to see the pair playing together at their most adventurous, dexterous and eclectic, so don’t miss it.
The Albert Hall will be in full swing once again the following day as Carl Cox & Friends takes over for the final Easter onslaught of cutting edge electronic music. Carl Cox is a British dance legend and has been praised for his long-term commitment to doing what he loves. Not only has he been the longest serving resident at Space Ibiza, Cox also pioneered the use of three turntables at once after first rising to the challenge in Ibiza over a decade ago. Although he has evolved with technology using three (sometimes even four) decks in ways no one else can is a big part of his show, as well as his signature mic quotes like the ever recognisable “oh yes oh yes!”.
Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza residency is renowned for being one of the most popular and exciting on the island, however this year will be its final season at the club as Space will change hands to the Ushuaia group once the 2016 summer season is over. In a similar feat to his Ibiza parties, Carl will be playing alongside a hand picked selection of DJs at The Albert Hall on March 26th, with the first being Yousef, the spearhead of Liverpool’s own long running house and techno knees up, Circus. In a similar feat to Cox himself, Yousef is a veteran of the DJ world and has taken Circus all over the world, with the party in his hometown still going strong. Also joining them will be Jon Rundell, who has been a regular at Carl Cox’s Tuesday night knees ups at Space for the past couple of years.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Safehouse Management