Circus May Bank Holiday
Sunday 26th May
East Village Arts Club, Leeds
With so many events taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool, there was one that stood out above the rest. Designed beautifully, this was one flyer that didn't need to look pretty. It could have been written in biro on a scrap piece of paper and it still would of stood out. With long standing legends, Marco Carola, Deetron and Butch alongside new found fame-ies Gorgon City, it didn’t need to say any more. This was one line up not to miss.
With a new queuing system in place, a staggered stream of people entered the venue through the new bar area. Still smelling like paint, it’s fresh new glow felt good, I was delighted to see the make-over is working well for the venue. Gorgon City were getting things started in the main room, a highly awaited moment for everyone. Teasing the crowd with Dusky – Vanishing Point, the North London producers flirted between genres offering a mixture of heavy bass, angelic beats and soulful vocals. Thanking their up bring for their tasty garage and jungle additions, the duo warmed the night up bringing jubilees to all my anticipations.
Leaving the atmosphere perfectly on the brink of fever pitch, Gorgon City passed the baton over to rightful owner Yousef, who effortlessly changed the energy to a cheering and screaming chaos. Starting with Wild Groove – Charles Ramirez, snappy hand claps and the raw, unprecedented sound of a fast, heavy bassline soon kicked in, a recognizable sound from the Circus legend. His set brought power and a platform for the night to progress harder and deeper, as it moved into the gritty avenues of techno.
Upstairs saw Butch take the reins of the newly decorated space, uplifting the room from one extreme to another. Upbeat synths blended with trance-y undertones to create a different kind of sound that was well equip with new selections. The mechanical surge of a European tech house style was soon underway half way through his set, unearthing a robust, tropical elevation that rang throughout the room. With Marco Corola starting in the theatre at 2am, the mass began to separate allowing a little more space on the dance floor ready for Deetron's arrival.
Continuing off Butch's parting high note, Deetron's 10 year presence in the Electronic music scene was evident, as he maintained the energy, shifting the tempo up and down slightly as he eased his set into the final hours. Old school house grooves, punchy bass lines and an influx of warm techno took the crowd through till the end of the night. Downstairs, Italian DJ and Producer Marco Carola was captivating the crowd with an ominous style of Techno, combining complex, up-tempo rhythms, off beat snares and crunchy beats to create an almost robotic sound. Grinding on dynamically till 4am, my last thoughts were... Can we carry on for a few more hours?
Never one to disappoint, Circus pulled it out of the bag once again with an exceptional caliber of talent, great sound systems and superb feel good party attributes.
Review by Jess Heaton
Images courtesy of Circus