A slice of Liverpool shook London and we couldn’t have asked for more. On April 30th, Fabric welcomed the Circus family through the doors and into London’s heart and soul. For those that don’t know, the Circus collective originated in Liverpool 15 years ago and is run by techno royalty, Yousef, and his business partner Richard McGinnis.
The duo began their brainchild back in 2002 and have grown the night to become an established necessity for any house and techno fans around the globe.
Celebrating 15 years, the event at Fabric pulled out all the stops to deliver a coercive and in demand line up which would have any regular to London’s clubbing scene, salivating.
With a lineup that stretched from VIVa MUSiC head honcho, Steve Lawler, through to Watergate resident, Butch, Circus 15 had something on offer for everybody. Add to the mix one of the most prestigious club sound-systems in the world, and it was set to be a night to remember even before the bouncers had tied their shoe laces.
Techno heads love Butch, house heads love Butch, as well as the deep and dirty and the light & bright. Bringing the heat to Room 2, Butch effortlessly delivered an eclectic mix of enigmatic rarities and hands-in-the-air classics, unifying his place as the highlight of Room 2.
Room 1 at Fabric was an entirely different show. The expectations and demand from the crowd were relentless. You’re competing with a bigger space, a bigger dance floor and a bigger system. The music echo’s up into the balcony bar and fills every inch of concrete along roof.
Thankfully, one man knew how to take advantage of this. Steve Lawler blew the arse out of Room 1 (not literally of course, as that would have been a messy affair for everybody involved.) But, the VIVa MUSiC chief certainly knew which direction he wanted to take the crowd and took no time messing about to stamp the Viva sound into the system. Through a trailblazing, two-hour journey, Lawler swept the entire dance floor into a frenzy and punched out the raw Viva sound from beginning to end.
A personal highlight from the set was this mammoth new release from Riva Starr. Sampling the classic hip hop jam, Intergalactic by Beastie Boys, Starr delivers a soaring track, certain to be a favourite at festivals this summer.
If this is what Circus has been able to achieve over the last 15 years, we welcome the next 15 with open arms.