Before the rumour mill wheels fly off completely, we thought it time to shed some light on this little soiree to look forwards on Saturday March 17th, as Chibuku celebrates its birthday. To say we’re excited would be a bit of understatement, because it’s time again to cross over to Nation for three rooms of top-drawer DJs and live acts that will eclipse anything that has come before. Whilst all Chibukus tend to be pretty hot, this is going to be a sweat-inducing rave at our second favourite home of monolithic proportions.
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You see we try to keep a bit ahead of the pack, always seeking to challenge, provoke and inspire and feel the birthday again reflects this ethos. The road has always been a bit rocky, and things haven’t always gone to plan, but from a party that started in a dilapidated room about a pub into one of the UK’s leading underground parties, we’re just pleased to have made it this far with our sanity – relatively - intact. So…where are we at then?
The Annexe is simply mind blowing. Kenny Dope steps up for an Anything Goes set which means to expect anything from Nuyorican soul and hip-hop fused with deep house and salsa beats. A world renown solo producer and with Louie Vega as Masters At Work, Kenny is a sublime DJ who will rock it, whilst Ivan Smagghe comes with a pedigree like no other. Refusing to be pigeon holed, his sets feature minimal, electronic and techno beats to great effect. And Cross Town Rebels Damian Lazarus brings a distinct London element to Liverpool. A true master of head down grooves. Dom Chung and Phil Charnock also star.
Leftfield’s Paul Daley headlines the Main Room. Since the seminal Leftism tore up the rule book and ate the pieces, the duo revolutionised dance music as it was known. Now DJing and producing alone, Paul encompasses an all manner of musical genius into his incredibly rare sets, so it’s a great coup to have him at the birthday.
We also find old Chibuku heads the Plump DJs coming out to play. Renowned for belting breaks and twisted beats, this longstanding duo are going let it rip.
Then there’s Digitalism’s electro pogo shit – their word, not ours – who have already established themselves as Liverpool heroes. Their talent for rocking parties is unsurpassed.
And Noisia are a Dutch trio who you simply have to see. They have become more than just drum & bass devils and for the birthday will be treating us to a special breaks set.
And arguably the most exciting Chibuku residents, The Beat Monkeys also star. With their Discharge label going great and more cracking gigs coming their way, these two masters of four-deck action will again be wowing the faithful.
Then into the legendary Courtyard space, which celebrates the release of The Universal Truth, Futurebound’s already hugely hyped debut artist album.
Drum and bass overlords Pendulum will be setting the pace with a DJ set and the guys will be smashing it again with their relentless drum and bass antics.
Mark Ronson has worked with Amy Winehouse, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen and Christine Aguilera to name but a few and Liverpool’s own Candie Payne. His weekly podcasts get 50,000 downloads per month. The birthday will be an extension of his club night, Authentic Shit, which he co-hosts with QTip from A Tribe Called Quest in New York.
And we can’t wait to welcome DMC World Champion DJ Craze – the only person to ever be bestowed this honour THREE TIMES! His blend of hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass and turntablism is untouchable. Lauded for years by hip-hop aficionados, Craze has won the respect of England’s drum 'n' bass mafia.
Famed for his DVD-DJing as much as his pure DJ sets, DJ Yoda is one of the scene’s cut-and paste pioneers. Infusing his sets with nostalgic nods to the past spliced with current smashes, Yoda will bring something a little bit different to this party.
For Futurebound this is the chance to show just how good he is, and his album is already being hammered by all the big players with standout tracks American Beauty and Strength 2 Strength. Guest vocalists include Robert Owens and Louis Smith.
DJ Zinc makes his Chibuku debut in the Annexe. Responsible for drum and bass remix rinses including Six Million Ways to Die and The Fuges’ Ready Or Not, we’re not sure why it’s taken him this long to get behind the decks for us but the wait will have been worth it.
MC support comes from No Fakin’ DJs, Mampi Swift and MC Rage.
Chibuku, Ape and MySpace Present: The Birthday
Saturday 17th March @ Nation, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, L1 4JJ
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