Whoa; Chibuku have really gone and pushed the envelope this time. The Theatre resounds to a line-up that strong it could fill the entire club, equally spreading the musical palette to extend to drum n bass, edgy electronica, pulsating techno and angular punk funk. A glorious combination of live music and DJ sets, it’s indicative of why Chibuku’s unrivalled festival style clubbing continues to dominate in the twenty first century.

Topping the bill in The Theatre is none other than Bloc Party’s irrepressible front man Kele. As the voice of the band, Kele gave the group a youthful front which emphasised the jerky grooves that underpinned the dancier aesthetic of their music. Whilst collaboration with the Chemical Brothers (the sumptuous ‘Believe’) hinted at a greater love of electronica, it wasn’t until debut album, The Boxer, dropped that we really saw the effervescence of Kele’s personality.

To say the support is hefty is an understatement. Alongside Kele will be the euphoric drum n bass of Hospital Records’ High Contrast, the superlative electronica of Hudson Mohawke (the youngest ever UK DMC finalist at 15 and now taking Warp records legacy into the next age) and local music legend Revo. And if that wasn’t breathtaking enough, there’s still another two rooms...

Upstairs sees some mutant wobble as Joker gets physical in the Loft. Last time he shared the limelight as part of September’s grand re-opening alongside Benga, this occasion the Bristol native being solely responsible for headline duties. His DJ sets are synonymous with the precision of his productions, the crystalline snares and drum kicks of ‘Tron’ following on from the dubplate pressure of ‘Gully Brook Lane’ and ‘Snake Eater’.

He’s joined by turntable wizards the Scratch Perverts. The SPs have been down with Chibuku since day dot, following a similar musical metamorphosis as the club and now skittering across dancehall, hip-hop, drum n bass, dubstep, house and electro. Jack Knife beats sitting side by side with lightening technical wizardry, Scratch Perverts remain Chibuku’s dependable doyens of DJ dexterity. Rich Furness’ hot-footing genre havoc serves as the warm up.

And the final tenet sees some very special vibes pulsating from disco duo Tiger & Woods in Ink. The pair have been putting out sex laced edits and reworks on their Golf Channel imprint for a hot minute, bringing a sleazy and downright salacious edge to the scene which prophetically hinted at their namesake’s extracurricular behaviour.

Their recent Resident Advisor podcast was an exemplary lesson in how djing should be, lashings of their own edits, obvious samples sitting side by side with rambunctious rare grooves and enough finger clicking funk to start a riot. With local night Discoteca Poca hosting the boys, supported by impresarios Paul Outlar and Mr Paul, you know the quality will be ensured.

The Full Line-up
Chibuku
Saturday February 19th
@ The Masque, 90 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH
Theatre
Kele – live (Blocparty)
High Contrast
Hudson Mohawke
Revo
Loft
Joker
Scratch Perverts
Rich Furness
Ink: Discoteca Poca
Tiger and Woods
Paul Outlar
Mr. Paul

£15 / £13
10pm – 3am

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