Spring is upon us…and so too have Liverpool’s musical champions crept out from their various wintertime dwellings. This month the city will receive a much-needed dose of open-air experiences with day parties, festivals and cultural events all taking place under the sun and the stars. Two festivals, a whole-host of internationally-lauded musicians and even an appearance from Jazzy Jeff himself…
Upstairs With: Jasper James – Buyers Club (4th May)
You don’t get a residency at Phonox without good reason; Jasper James is undoubtedly one of the most consistently refreshing disc jockeys in the country. With a penchant for the all-night-long set, Jasper’s abilities behind a set of turntables has seen him tour Europe almost non-stop for the past five years. The son of Harri (from Harri & Domenic), Jasper has been on the one’s and two’s since the tender age of 13-years old and is famed as one of the youngest ever artists to play at Glasgow’s legendary, Sub Club.
Catch him at Buyers Club for Upstairs With on Thursday 4th May. After a string of sold-out parties including appearances from the likes of Schmutz and Mall Grab, be sure to cop a ticket as soon as you can to avoid disappointment on the door.
Deep Sea Frequency Launch x Meine Nacht: Various – Location TBA (5th May)
“Chopped and screwed multi-dimensional dancefloor and non-dancefloor frequencies.” Deep Sea Frequency is the label; Meine Nacht is party. The brainchild of local up-and-coming DJ and Hotflush Records producer, Or:la, these two projects have garnered a cult-like following over the past 6 months. With a return appearance of lo-fi house master, DJ Seinfeld and a special headline slot for US-based, Baltra – the Deep Sea Frequency x Meine Nacht launch party looks set to add to Or:la’s flawless reputation of promoting the talent that bubbles under the surface.
Set to take place in an unknown location, the party will offer dancers a throwback to the early Meine Nacht days of abandoned supermarkets, carparks and warehouse spaces. In a clubbing culture that has been sanitised by stringent licensing regulations, such rarities as Meine Nacht are always warmly welcomed in the city.
Liverpool Disco Festival: Various – Baltic Triangle (6th May)
Celebrating 30 years of the Southport Weekender, this year’s Liverpool Disco Festival has exceeded expectations. Drawing from the combined tastes and experience of SuncéBeat and Hustle, the Baltic Triangle-based party hosts an international line-up including headline guests David Morales, Tony Humphries and Jazzy Jeff. With the main event running from 12pm to 12am on Saturday, there will be a number of after parties taking place across the Baltic Triangle, with Constellations, Camp & Furnace and Hangar 34 all hosting stages.
That’s not to forget a strong backbone of UK artists and local DJ’s holding it down for what will be a truly brilliant, hedonistic weekend of disco and boogie. With Melodic Distraction keeping things grooving in the Roller Disco, you can also indulge in a Glitterbox takeover at Camp or a live performance from D Train in Hangar 34. Danny Krivit and David Morales will be performing, alongside others, late into the night at the various different after party locations.
ENRG 5 Thermal Energy: Scuba & Fort Romeau – Invisible Wind Factory (6th May)
Quickly becoming a key contender in the city’s big room clubbing scene, ENRG are taking things above and beyond as they combine the old with new, forging line-ups that provide a cross-collaboration between genres to conquer their mission statement of immersive experiences. Selling out Liverpool’s latest creative space, The Invisible Wind Factory, on more than one occasion, ENRG have welcomed the likes of The Black Madonna and Bicep over the last 6 months. With their latest guest, the local promoter will certainly be adding to this stellar roster of past DJs.
An artist who has in recent years placed himself in the shadows, Scuba (aka Paul Rose) takes to the stage for his latest outing as ENRG dig up the legendary UK producer’s past for one night only. With four albums under his belt, Scuba’s roots are undoubtedly based in dubstep, however in more recent years his eclectic approach to production and performance leave a blank canvas ahead for what to expect at ENRG this Saturday. Tickets for this one are scarce and on the verge of selling out so be quick if you want a chance to catch a rare appearance from Scuba in Liverpool…
Disco Africa: Various – Constellations (7th May)
Join the likes of Super Weird Substance, Radio Exotica and the Dharma Collective as they pay homage to the late great Afro-disco and electro pioneers of the 60’s and 70’s. After the passing of the legendary William Onyeabor this year, it seems more important than ever to highlight the impact and influence that these fantastic genres have had on our music culture. With Francis Bebe recently regaining notoriety through a number of club-focused edits, it will be a fantastic opportunity to uncover the original synthesizer music that has encapsulated audiences for around 50 years. After the most recent Super Weird Happening at the start of April, it is clear that we will be safe happy in the hands of Josh Ray of Super Weird Substance. Joining him are Melodic Distraction Radio hosts, Dharma Collective.
With no door tax and some serious sun on the cards, there’s every reason to come on down and dance to the sounds of Francis Bebe, the resurgent Ata Kak and more.
303 Birthday: Andrew Weatherall – Williamson Tunnels (13th May)
As 303 host their 4th birthday, it would appear that they could have chosen no better person to help celebrate it with than this man. In 4 years of parties, this will be Andrew Weatherall’s 4th time playing for the Liverpool techno giants. A celebrated DJ, producer and remixer, he has watched 303 develop into what they are today. Coupled with a venue that they have held close to their hearts since the very start, this likely sell-out is sure to be special.
With over 15 parties under their belts, Andrew Weatherall will be the first part in two that celebrates their birthday. Following on from his all-night-long session, 303 are joined by the analogue master, Surgeon at the end of May. Gifting us to one of his universally-famous live sets, we will be taking advantage of another Bank Holiday on Sunday 28th as 303 return to the Williamson Tunnels once again. Tickets for both are now available on Skiddle. It is highly recommended that you cop a ticket in advance as 303 always hit capacity before they open!
Less Effect: Residents & Guests – 24 Kitchen Street (18th May)
Consistently reaching for forward-thinking bookings, the Less Effect parties have been built on a solid foundation of resident DJs. In celebration of the end of a successful season of partying, which has seen them host the likes of Addison Groove, Asusu and Djrum, the Less Effect crew are having a free party alongside a solid selection of killer local DJ’s.
Joining the Less Effect residents Lack, Horus, Pidge and Impurity, 24 Kitchen Street will also host SMDG of the Cold Heart Collective and incoming MD Radio host, Bolts of So Flute. The whole party will be hosted by Loose Lips’ Treece and is all powered by the chest-rattling sounds of RC1 Sound System. As Less Effect put it, “local DJs, local music.”
Familiar Circles: Hidden Spheres & Bobby Analog -Buyers Club (19th May)
The team behind Liverpool’s newest night are making some serious waves in the city’s dance music scene. Thinking outside the box and curating clever line-ups that showcase the best in up-and-coming talent, Familiar Circles are back with their second installment as they welcome the powerful Bobby Analogue, known for his peak-time dancefloor escapades and Hidden Spheres, quickly building a name for himself after releasing on the infamous ‘Distant Hawaii’ sub-label to one of this year’s most talked about labels, Lobster Theremin.
Following their first show that featured live lo-fi house team, Ross From Friends supported by Bristol-based Banoffee Pie Records residents, this show is a sure fire sell-out at the intimate upstairs hang-out of Hardman Street’s Buyers Club. Check out Bobby Analogue’s latest mix for Balamii Radio and hit that ticket button below…
BAM!BAM!BAM!: Akua Naru – 24 Kitchen Street (20th May)
Hailing all the way from New Haven, Connecticut and now residing in Cologne, Germany – Akua Naru’s soul-inflicted hip-hop tales are coming to Liverpool this month as she commences another UK tour. Joined by her band DigFlo, Akua Naru, ‘the poetic wordsmith’ takes to the stage of 24 Kitchen Street to represent some of the finest in soul, hip-hop and spoken word. Her classic ‘boom bap’ approach, coupled with her self-aware lyricism, tells conscious stories of heart-felt and emotion through song.
Joining her will be none other than the DigFlo band, instrumenting her lyricism, filling tracks with calm soul-jazz elements made up of keys, flute, saxophone, bass and guitar. Be sure to catch this spectacle as Akua Naru flies the flag for female soul.
Liverpool Sound City: Various – Clarence Dock (27th – 28th May)
Back again, Sound City returns to the North Shores of Liverpool for their 10th anniversary celebrations showcasing a strong front of local, national and international talent as it becomes one of the city’s leadings music festivals. Headlining the bill this year will see a wide roster of talent including The Kooks, Metronomy & White Lies to name a few. The festival will also be accompanied by a wide range of arts and culture including new collaborations with The Kazimier team as well as Edge Hill University and Brazilica to provide a rich and diverse cultural offering to this year’s festival.
All over Liverpool, Sound City will be hosting thought-provoking lectures with industry leaders including prolific journalist, Tim Lawrence, dance music evangelist, Greg Wilson as well as talks with Peaches, MGMT & Andrew Weatherall. While tickets are dear at £71.80 for your full weekend pass, we recommend getting on board as there is far more than meets the eye with Liverpool Sound City…
M:Open Air Launch: Dewalta, Cristi Cons, John Dimas, Jack Wickham – Constellations (28th May)
MODU:LAR move into their 4th year of throwing parties in the city and their consecutive second open-air summer series, bringing some of their biggest names to the city yet. Praised for the collaboration between high-fidelity sound and visual immersion, this year is set to get better as they push the boundaries of what is capable in some of Liverpool’s most renowned open-air spaces including the city’s two best beer gardens; Constellations & The Kazimier Gardens.
Joining them in this year’s series will be three city debuts over the course of three parties. For their initial outing it’s; Cristi Cons, DeWalta and John Dimas, who headline the bill. All known in their own right for their rich talent of taking minimal house & techno far beyond it’s somewhat misconceived repetitive state, coupling the sound with deep melodies and subtle grooves.