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Wasted Heroes & Circus X

There’s an oft forgotten role in clubland. Whilst we move to the sounds of DJs, crowd around in clubs, and give our money to the promoters wily enough to orchestrate it all for us, one role is crucial in garnering our attention in the first place – the graphic designer. One of those who has had a particularly dynamic role in clubland is Russell Reid, who is undergoing something of a furtive period right now. As the lead designer for Circus for nigh on the entirety of their ten years, he’s been responsible for iconic designs such as the following masterpiece:

Russ has a three day epic weekend rolling up for his wares and club involvement, with Circus turning ten with two shows In London and Liverpool and him hosting Space’s El Salon for the We Love closing party on Sunday 30th September. Featuring at the shows are the likes of Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Bicep (who headline El Salon at Space), Sascha Dive, Yousef (obviously) and Riva Starr, whilst a gluttony of artists have been pcitured wearing Russ’ eye catching Circus X merchandise in recent months. One of them being a rather well know grinning superstar who appears at the top of this page.

I’ll be posting more details in the upcoming days on some interviews with Russ as well as one or two places you can win some of his clobber. However until then head over to the Wasted Heroes website and the Circus X merchandise mini-site if you want to get your hands on the clothing sooner.

Head here for full details for Circus London with Yousef, Riva Starr, Sascha Dive and more.

The Liverpool counterpart with Sasha, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Yousef, Davide Squillace and Lewis Boardman is via this link.

Peep the below sampler for Yousef’s brand new album ‘A Product of Your Environment’.

Maceo Plex VS. INXS

Man of the moment Maceo Plex has thrown up this edit of INXS. Killer acid line towards the end and enough of the vocal to breed familairty without straying too far from the Spaniards killer groove mentality. He is of course rocking Circus at the end of September as the Liverpool club turns ten. Beastly times.

DISCOTECA POCA… Presents an evening with DUSKY

“Dusky have tapped into something, a universal – an essence that excites DJs and clubbers across the dance divide. Lee Foss included their track ‘Tyto Alba’ on his recent RA podcast; Jamie Jones dropped it at DC10 closing in Ibiza; Paul Woolford and Sasha are rinsing their tracks; bass bods T.Williams, Loefah and Boddika are pushing ‘em; and let’s not forget plays from the Radio 1 bigwigs, like Pete Tong, Toddla T, Rob Da Bank, hell, even Zane Lowe.” – DJ Magazine

Due to Djing near enough every weekend horribly unsociable hours, I don’t go out much in Liverpool. One gaffe I make an exception for is Discoteca Poca. I’ve reviewed their greatness before and there’s always fun to be had when they turn the hold in the Shipping Forecast into a great little rave den. Following on hot on the heels of Dyed Soundorom’s cracker last month, they’ve got Dusky on board this time, the duo that have ditched prog to great effect with some groove heavy assaults. I’ll ‘sadly’ be running wild on Las Ramblas for the Off Sonar festivities, but if you are in Liverpool you know what to do.

Full details can be found here. Peep Dusky’s killer mix for Clash as well.

Gibb St Warehouse Opens in Birmingham

Birmingham is getting a new venue, and it’s all set to be a bit of a cracker. Gibb Street Warehouse is a new, bespoke clubbing space located in Digbeth, the heartbeat of Birmingham’s electronic music pulse. Occupying the old Space 2 complex of the Custard Factory, it’s got some great names lined up and a pretty good mantra; ‘Twentieth century vibes and values, Twenty first century experience and environment’.

The doors swing open for the first time on Saturday 31st March as House heavyweights Defected roll into Birmingham with Junior Jack and Kid Crème. One of the most successful and influential record labels in the entire history of dance music, they are fully ready to bring their soulful sound to Birmingham ahead of what will be another killer season for them in Ibiza. Hot on the heels of the launch the mighty Renaissance drops by on Easter Sunday to celebrate 20 years of global clubbing. Who else at the helm but the clubs original and most famous resident Sasha, alongside an all-star forward-thinking line-up which thrusts the club into their third decade of activity. A Renaissance Classics room celebrates the past two, as well as satisfying the nostalgic amongst you.

M.A.N.D.Y, Riva Starr, Jesse Rose, and a Diynamic Records showcase starring Solomun and David August are all among the guests etched in for the first month’s set of line ups. Further announcements are due shortly on the breathtaking programme of talent set to continue the club’s ascent throughout the Spring and Summer. And Solomun dropped this absolute corker, just in case you needed reminding of how amazing it was…

R20: Renaissance 20th Anniversary Part 1 – Sasha

“Renaissance pioneered a new form of clubbing alongside a brand new sound. Utilising stately homes and adding a regal zest to partying, they proved that clubbing need not be an experience in a dingy environment. And they did so by pushing an exciting new genre, a combination of the epic and ethereal trance and techno coming from mainland Europe with the rolling house grooves from over the Atlantic; Progressive House.”

In my day job I get to write press releases. From now on in I’ll start linking to some of them through the blog; and the first involves legendary DJ Sasha returning to Midlands based clubbing powerhouse Renaissance as they enter their twentieth year. Click on the quote.

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