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Ten years of The Masque

It’s been the North West’s party central for a decade and now it is throwing one of its own

Published on April 27th 2011.

Ten years of The Masque

THEY are getting ready to blow out ten huge candles on Seel Street this Sunday - and Calvin Harris is leading the way.

The Masque, Chibuku’s early home, was even worthy of two whole pages in the late, legendary John Peel’s autobiography.

DJs have consistently voted it one of the top 50 clubs in the world.

Now, notching up ten years, organisers have an important milestone to attend to.

Here's what's to celebrate. club-chibuku-liverpool.jpgClub nights like Chibuku Shake Shake and Circus have been nurtured from fledgling parties to some of the most respected in the country. You may have even caught shows from The Arctic Monkeys or the Kaiser Chiefs down the years, or even The Slits.

A great many other parties have taken place, not forgetting the likes of Eat Your Greens, Aztec, Voodoo, Funkadelic, Playdub, Sideshow, Foulplay, Chrome, Freeze, Codo de Mer and many more too.

“Pretty much every major electronic act has played in one of the three hallowed rooms during the last decade, helping to make the venue a central part of Liverpool’s thriving club scene and one of the most revered in the UK, for clubbers, DJs and live acts alike,” they boast.

Having helped transform the city’s music manifesto, The Masque – post-refit – is now Funktion One. They might not be able to spell, but they know how to throw one of the country’s biggest club nights.

This Sunday, expect “chart-topping young legend and DJ-god” Calvin Harris headlining the proceedings.

Steve Aoki.jpgSteve Aoki also stars, famed for dance-floor electrifying sounds. The Dim Mak Records producer has remixed many huge names including Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran and Michael Jackson, and has released music from MSTRKRFT, The Klaxons and Mystery Jets.

Meanwhile, “Calvin is one of the scene’s greatest entertainers who quite simply knows how to rock any crowd into absolute mayhem,” it says here, and has remixed everyone from Passion Pit to the Kaiser Chiefs – as well as achieving huge acclaim for his biggie “Dance Wiv Me.”

Yes, it appears Calvin has dictionary trouble too, but as one of the UK’s biggest dance music names, who cares?

*The Masque Tenth Birthday Party, Sunday 1st May, @ The Masque, 90 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH
Calvin Harris (DJ Set), Steve Aoki, Mr Paul, Kill The VIP, Dave Whelan, Chris McGee
£18 / £16 NUS/advance. 10pm – 4am  Info – 0151 706 8045
Tickets: www.chibuku.com/shop

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