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Arena Tours
Address: Nation, Wolstenholme Square, Off Slater Street, Liverpool, L1 4JJ
Date: Saturday 5th December
Hours: 10pm – 6am
Tel Info: 0151 706 8045
Capacity: 3100
Tickets: £18 advance / £22
Online Booking: Click Here
Details: It is, quite simply, the biggest and best club night in the world.

Cocoon is a sublimely monstrous party, combining the mercurial genius of Sven Vath with Ibizan hedonism cranked up to 1,000,000%. Now running an institution at Amnesia, Ibiza, Cocoon was at the forefront of establishing techno as the dominant genre within dance music, making international superstars out of previous underground heroes Ritchie Hawtin, Ricardo Vilalobos, Locodice - and of course Vath himself. From his hometown of Frankfurt the club also resolutely encapsulates its own image of electronica from a purpose built venue, with a record label also reshaping the future of dance with every release.

And now ready yourself for Cocoon’s Liverpool debut. This huge event in Liverpool’s history has been partly made possible by Yousef’s recent induction into the Cocoon family, Sven’s patronage involving signing ‘Come Home’ to his label, which currently resides on the front page of He liked it so much he then showcased it on his annual snapshot of the year in music, his latest ‘Sound of the Tenth Season’ Ibiza compilation. Yousef’s Circus cohort Rich McGinnis had also been tirelessly working behind the scenes for four years, waiting for the call to make this event happen and bring Vath and the guys to Liverpool. It’s a beautiful symmetry that Yousef’s inspired track and Rich’s industry both came together at the same time.

And now Vath is coming to Liverpool to DJ at Circus. Does it get much bigger? Pappa Sven is revered, and rightly so, playing vinyl only sets of constantly escalating house and techno, seductive grooves lapping either side of bruising techno beats and epic breakdowns. Hedonism crystallised, Vath epitomises the otherworldly escapism of dance music at its finest, and sells stadiums out without a hint of the fromage usually needed to create such huge appeal.

A live set from the versatile genius Dutchman Joris Voorn supports Sven. One of the hottest talents around, he returns to Liverpool, fresh from winning Best Breakthrough Act in Ibiza and masterminding his Rejected label. Joining him will be Michel Cleis, the man behind the biggest tune of the summer ‘La Mezcla’. The flute driven groove has been omnipresent everywhere from the sun kissed beaches of the Mediterranean all the way to the sweat drenched basements of Berlin, a monster of a record that continues to increase its profile.

Over in the Courtyard, Yousef headlines, fresh off the back of a year that has seen his pedigree rise with his debut album, a London residency at Matter, and the ever growing quality of his Circus record label and club night. He’s joined by two Circus heavyweights returning for another epic clash. Loco Dice is becoming something of an institution for the Liverpool club, since his superlative debut in 2005 he’s been a frequent selection for the birthday parties and brings intimacy to a huge room like few others, and of course carries Cocoon and Ibiza pedigree by the bucket load. Joining him is a man no stranger to the Courtyard, Steve Lawler, who has been Cream resident, dubbed King of Space by no less an authority than the Spanish regulars and smash the shit out of global dancefloors on the regular. Lewis Boardman supports.

And there’s a final twist of ebullience too, with those ruckus-inducing tycoons Chibuku Shake Shake completing the bill in the Annexe. Here it’s all about disco, with the future synth encrusted offerings of Simian Mobile Disco rubbing up against the superlative sheen of London-based Horsemeat Disco’s revivalist genius. The past, future and a healthy slab of the present all shaken up into one expert selection, with former Cream and Chibuku resident Phat Phil Cooper bringing his dexterity to the party.
Main Room: Sven Vath, Joris Voorn Live, Michel Clies, + Support
Courtyard: Yousef, Locodice, Steve Lawler, Lewis Boardman, + Support
Annexe – Chibuku: Simian Mobile Disco, Horse Meat Disco, Phat Phil Cooper
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