After a harmonious Halloween party and a sensational upcoming night in association with Snowbombing, Circus have announced their next two events that will be provoking some serious festive feeling. The previous two get togethers from Circus, one of Liverpool’s most popular clubbing brands, spearheaded by Yousef, saw the likes of Matthias Tanzmann, Acid Mondays, Joseph Capriati, KiNK, Patrick Topping and Ten Walls descend on their spiritual home, the newly re-opened Arts Club. Pulling out all the stops for the next two nights, there have already been some exciting announcements.
Friday 26th December
Boxing Night will see Yousef will be playing a special back-to-back set with the Grammy nominated; Saved Records head honcho Nic Fanciulli. Fanciulli and Yousef have been friends for a long while, with collaborations and joint appearances of many an occasion, including at Circus last year, when Fanciulli played for Circus on New Years Day.
Also joining this pair will be Aus favourite George Fitzgerald and Hotflush label head Scuba, these two both have intimately deep sounds, one fronting house, the other dubbed out techno and will provide an involving end or a low rise to chaos. For Circus’ fourth guest, they have invited tribal warrior Darius Syrossian, who this year has reached new heights running and playing the Manchester night he helped to resurrect, Tribal Sessions. The line-ups that have been seen all summer at Sankeys Ibiza have been great, showing Darius’ lesser-known love of thumpier techno, something Circus has always fronted.
Continuing on even further, the next guest is one that some may not have heard of, but trust us when I say this will be special. Premiesku will be bringing their hugely praised live show to Arts Club, this being the joining of Livio & Roby and George G. With releases on Apollonia, Desolat and Vakant, the Romanian trio have engineered and created a range of their own analog equipment, which has now developed into a full live show that has already been taken to fabric, Amnesia and Village Underground amongst many other esteemed venues. Residents Lewis Boardman and Scott Lewis will also be joining the line up, completed by another revered local individual in David Glass.
Thursday 1st January
New Years Day
Headlining the bill on New Years Day will be a true legend of electronic music, the honourable Kerri Chandler. Known to any purveyor of true house music, he is an individual whose production and DJing skills have gone down in history. From scratching and cutting up records to DJing with his shoes, he’s a master when it comes to the turntables. Looking at his back catalogue, some of his most well known tracks include ‘Atmosphere’ and ‘You’re In My System’, with other less known numbers such as ‘Cobal’ and ‘Where’s The Baby’ proving highlights in the sets of DJs at revered institutions like DC-10. Yousef will be joining Kerri alongside a number of other guests who will be helping to see in 2015 in style.
The second New Years guest will be Richy Ahmed, who has had another great year with the Paradise crew, continuing his residency at DC-10 on a Wednesday and releasing a number of EPs on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations label that include the singles ‘The Drums’ and ‘Sneaky Acid’. Detroit Swindle follow up, the hard edged house duo who have had their tracks released on many impressive labels like Dirt Crew, Tsuba and Freerange. Turning the heat up a little bit, we then have Coyu, the man responsible for Suara Records and a running of high energy techno and house that have been well played worldwide for the last few years. His own material on labels like 2020 Vision, Great Stuff and also Circus has been well celebrated, as has his fondness of cats that doesn’t go un noticed!
Again, Circus’ residents Scott Lewis and Lewis Boardman will be providing strong support as always, however they will also be joined by two artists from the camp at Egg London, in The Willers Bros and Kyle Evans.
Both these events are looking super tasty, so if you’re on Merseryside over the festive period and you’re looking for somewhere with great music and top crowd to shake off that Christmas pudding, look no further.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Circus