Saturday 29th September will see the 10th birthday of an icon of British house and techno. Launched in 2002, and originally intended to be based monthly at Liverpool’s Cream, the club’s subsequent closure meant that founding father Yousef had to take his ‘Circus’ elsewhere. Over the past decade, The Masque, an old, disused theatre in Liverpool has seen some of the biggest nights in UK clubbing history.
Having handed UK debuts to the likes of Loco Dice and Davide Squillace, Yousef highlights booking ‘new names’ Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and Luciano as some of his resounding Circus memories, but now it’s gone global. In ten years it’s quickly moved from being the best night in Liverpool to one of the most talked about and well-respected events on the continent. The high profile nature that comes with winning Club of the Year has brought forth shows with Planet E, Bedrock, Meganite, Cocoon, not to mention the collaboration with the BBC for the 500th Essential Mix.
However, the last 18 months or so have undoubtedly been their biggest. Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, DJ Sneak, Sasha, John Digweed and Maya Jane Coles have all passed through to name but a few, and the 10th birthday will follow suit, with the likes of Sasha, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Davide Squillace, Lewis Boardman and Scott Lewis and, of course, Yousef himself, all booked to make an appearance on the 29th.
“I’m proud and amazed we have made it to ten years. It’s going to feel very emotional playing the tenth anniversary, and I can’t wait.” – Yousef.
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