The second instalment of Circus‘ capital frolics in 2013 sees them whip up another triple pronged line-up of exciting talent. As ever the focus is on the most vibrant and exciting names in modern house and techno, all headed up by the man that defines Circus, the indomitable Yousef. It marks the culmination of twelve months in the capital for the clubnight, part of Egg London’s continued spearhead as one of the most exciting venues in the UK.
Yousef’s 2013 has begun in much the same fashion that 2012 ended, a relentless buzz of effervescent electronica. With his “Beg” release entering the year as one of the biggest sellers across any genre, Yousef has continued consolidating his status as one of the most important figureheads within the electronic scene. A tour of the US and Columbia ushered the year in whilst Circus Recordings announced exciting plans of a cluster of forward thinking music; further proof of Yousef’s role as a pivotal force in unearthing new talent.
That role is illustrated perfectly in the shape of the guests for this party. Hot Since 82, the remixer which enabled “Beg” to reach its lofty status, is next in line and a name that is quickly garnering widespread acclaim. Another product of Leeds’ unerring ability to create house music heroes, his sound is the perfect juxtaposition of deep house and the classic jack of yesteryear. He’s found the support of Pete Tong, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Jaymo & Andy George and Joris Voorn, as well as gigs at Ushuaia, Snowbombing and Watergate all coming his way, proof of a man rising to the very top of the game.
The next name comes in the shape of another producer who set the world alight last year, Pirupa. The Italian firebrand delivered one of the most popular tracks of the summer in 2012, “Party Non Stop”, a volatile slab of hip-house that never relented on its endearing energy. Caned to death by an astonishingly versatile selection of DJs including Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Steve Lawler and even Paul van Dyk, it followed on from a whirlwind few years which has also seen “Sweet Devil” and “Get Funky” fervently supported.
His DJing ability is as energetic and funky as the productions which have seen his star rise; all ensuring his Egg London performance will be one of the early pace-setters in the capital’s nightlife this year. The second and third rooms will as ever be manned by a strong selection of Egg London’s friends and residents.
Egg, 200 York Way, London
22:00 – 07:00
Circus moves towards the end of 2012 with another epic showcase lined up for its London residency at Egg. The year has already seen the likes of Sascha Dive, Riva Starr, Guy J and Dinky join Yousef down in the capital’s resurgent rave enclave, but this gig sees arguably the most anticipated and special of the lot so far. A certain Gallic troubadour is incoming…
Headlining will be a historic and monumental turn from Laurent Garnier and his LBS project. Few guests manage to get the full scope of what Circus is about, but Laurent certainly has. He first graced the club back in 2004 and his eclectic approach has been fully representative of the stylistic shifts and turns Circus has been a part of across house and techno over the years. That first gig saw him do an impromptu Kurt Cobain tribute on the ten year anniversary of his death, and since then he has blessed Circus with a glut of far ranging and fully panoramic offerings. And now they are bringing him to London.
It will also be the final ever London performance of his LBS project that has re-defined the concept of merging improvised live performance and DJing, being a revelation since its inception. Garnier believes only in moving forward, and after a stellar couple of years the project will be moved aside for his latest delve into musical ingenuity. This will be the final showcase the project ever delivers in London and marks a breathtaking year for Circus in the capital.
Support will of course come from Yousef, who’s 2012 continues to yield stronger results both behind the booth and the boards. “A Product Of Your Environment”, Yousef’s full length second album, has seen a rapturous response across both the media and the DJing world and comes allayed with a sterling touring schedule that has seen frequent action on five continents this year. Circus recordings starlets Acid Mondays also swing by to showcase their effervescent take on house and techno.
Egg, 200 York Way, London
22:00 – 08:00
Circus is back in London for another instalment of meticulous melodies and gorgeous grooves. It marks the first show of their eleventh year after September saw them celebrate a decade at the pinnacle of UK clubland. This party is emblematic of why exactly the club manages to retain such a definitive allure, featuring a selection of some of the defining figures of the underground alongside Yousef for celebration of the release of his second artist album “A Product of Your Environment”.
Yousef’s 2012 is coming to an end in scintillating style. His sophomore album has been met with universal acclaim by both his peers and the media, with continued DJ support from the likes of Loco Dice, Magda, Carl Cox, Guti, Uner and Nic Fanciuilli. It’s a showcase of the journey Yousef has made both as an artist and as a man during the twenty years he has been involved in dance music, and whilst a movement away from the usual beat led formula of DJ albums it still remains firmly rooted in the dancefloor – evolution rather than revolution of his individual and unique style.
Luca Bachetti will be joining him, the sometime Ovum and Wagon Repair recording artist famous for his defining role in the swing led sound of the Italian house scene. His musical style has gained an exotic momentum since his relocation to Barcelona in recent years, and an old school influenced jack gives his music a cunning edge that makes them all the more fiercely relevant in the modern field, and for his Circus debut is richly anticipated.
The remaining support cast is a strong smattering of some of the leading lights in modern electronica, not least Israeli beat technician Guy J who drops by. His trippy sonics have been stapled effervescently to warm textures to create a sonic palette that is both driving and elegant, an extremely rare proposition. Intec recordings artist Jon Rundell also drops by with his explosive ensemble of bass heavy house and techno, with Circus resident Lewis Boardman wrapping things up.
Circus London – ‘A Product of Your Environment’ Launch Party
Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London
23:00 – 07:00
If you’re gearing up for Circus X, the tenth anniversary party of Liverpool’s famed Circus club night, chances are you’ll have come across Russ Reid’s work. The graphic designer responsible for the ‘Pudlian party’s distinctive, surreal posters – definitely no clowns – has been its lead illustrator since the night’s inception, creating twisted mashup images around the iconic house names of Circus lineups. Now the night is turning a decade old with dual parties in Liverpool as well as London’s Egg keeping up the Circus motto, “serious music, fun times”.
Circus, the Liverpool based clubnight that has become one of the most revered on the continent, turns ten in stunning style this September. What began back in 2002 in Liverpool has since gone onto become one of the most hotly anticipated and widely loved parties on the planet, existing around the simple mantra – ‘Serious music, Fun Times’.
Wiggle set to be a storm with Cadenza star Cesar Merveille….
After a truly electric sell out night on NYE, Wiggle are set to keep the energy flowing with their first date for 2011 playing host to Cadenza’s Cesar Merveille. Cesar makes his return to Wiggle after blowing the roof off during his last appearance.
Cesar Merveille has rocketed to success over the last three years with a demand for his talent stretching all over the globe, as well as becoming a regular player in the Cadenza worldwide showcase tour. Cesar has quickly made a name for himself with releases on Cadenza, Circus, Serialism and Safari Electronique. His “Chocopop Jazz” making a huge impact in 2008, followed by his debut appearance on Cadenza in 2009 with his “Descarga EP” – being known as a major highlight in Luciano’s sets – made in collaboration with Pablo Cahn. With this kind of track record it’s no surprise that Cesar is known for emitting an overwhelming energy from his sets and is undoubtably likely to do the same at Wiggle.
Setting the musical journey at Wiggle is one of London’s key underground house music figure JB (aka Jon Barnet). Having his roots firmly grounded in the Acid House era, he has kept himself in all the right places to make his mark and gaining the respect and reputation he deserves. JB will be setting the pace and giving the night the right kick-start to what will be a fully energetic shakedown.
With such a great Wiggle night lined up it’s no surprise that tickets are flying out like hot cakes. For all ticket sales make sure you check the following: -
Resident Advisor Swag Records – 020 8681 7735
Phonica Records (1 Poland Street, London, W1F 7LZ) – 020 7025 6070
Wiggle @ The Paramount Sat 19 Feb 23:00 – 08:00
Cesar Merveille Terry Francis Nathan Coles Eddie Richards JB
This weekend is surely going to be a storm for everyone involved in Cocoon’s visit to England, as well as for Liverpool’s Nation and London’s Fabric.
Cocoon will be making a double date tour this weekend, kicking on Friday at Nation, Circus presents the Cocoon night with a line-up of some of the industry’s most established DJs; Booka Shade, Guy Gerber, Raresh and Onur Ozer. Not to mention Circus top man Yousef and Cocoon legend Sven Väth.
With Circus’ involvement in hosting a Cocoon night with such a line-up, Liverpool’s Nation is going to be electric.
Moving on to Saturday night and Cocoon will be landing at Fabric and how are we pleased to see the legendary Sven Väth gracing Fabric once again. Here Sven will be joined in Room 1 by Turkish DJ Onur Özer, known to music lovers for his offering on the Green and Blue mix series last year, as well as London’s very own Matt Tolfrey, who are surely going to be shaking things up. Room 2 will be just as momentous with Chile’s Dinky being joined by Italy’s Ilario Alicante and Marcus Fix, who has acclaimed releases on Cécille, Oslo and Cocoon. And last but by no means least, the intimate Room 3 will be given a run through its paces with Craig Richards and Jozif rocking through the night.
If after this weekend of madness you still feel like you could do with some more, make sure you get yourself down to Cable, London Bridge, for Jaded’s 6th Birthday where you are sure to experience possibly the greatest after party in the Capital. Running Sunday morning from 5am till 2pm the renowned Raymundo Rodriguez will be joined by Bass Culture boss D’Julz, Circo Loco legend’s System of Survival, Rythmatic’s Stathis Lazarides and Wesley Razzy. As well as Tommi & Colette Delalez. A morning not to be missed!
You can guarantee that Guerilla Sounds will be at Fabric for Cocoon and we might even pop in to Jaded for a bit of after hours shenanigans!
Circus presents Cocoon @ Nation
22:00 – 06:00
Booka Shade (Live)
+ more TBA
Cocoon @ Fabric
Faringdon, London 23:00 – 08:00
Sven Väth Onur Özer Matt Tolfrey Dinky Ilario Alicante Markus Fix Craig Richards Jozif
Jaded 6th Birthday @ Cable
London Bridge, London
Raymundo Rodriguez D’Julz System of Survival Stathis Lazarides Tommi & Colette Delalez Wesley Razzy
Yousef has just published a new mix for Ibiza Voice and it’s a cracking mix that starts with a really deep vibe, which you are going to experience transforming into deep grooving tech, to down right dirtiness. There are some lovely tribal elements thrown into this mix not to mention the booty shaking tech-house that just gets the whole mix driving.
This demonstrates that Yousef is on banging form and obviously hyped up for the Circus 8th birthday on 25th September. So make sure you catch him in action in this period!