R20: Renaissance’s Twentieth Anniversary
Written by Larissa Wignall
August 24, 2012 3:23 pm
It has played host to royalty, concert pianists, world class dancers and even the odd Beatle or two. Now one of Liverpool’s architectural gems is to add another caveat to its illustrious history by hosting part of the 20 year celebrations for one of the world’s most iconic music brands – Renaissance.
A pioneering clubnight, record label and music institution, Renaissance has helped launch the careers of many world class DJs, kicking off its 20-year celebrations in Birmingham and Leeds with the mighty Sasha at the helm over the Easter weekend. Now, thanks to the work of Liverpool promoters, Freeze, the next instalment of the celebration will be Liverpool based and held in St George’s Hall in September, a Grade 1 listed building which represents one of the country’s most breathtaking architectural feats.
One of the figureheads of the modern Renaissance sound will be headlining, Argentinean DJ Hernan Cattaneo, who will be joined by tech-house legend, Danny Howells, two titans of the electronic music scene with careers that span well into the past century. The showcase marks a return to the city for the duo who both delivered awe-inspiring sets at Freeze’s historic landmark event in Liverpool Cathedral last year, a showcase which serves as a precursor to the evening’s theatrics.
Joining them will be raising star on the melodic house and techno scene, Henry Saiz. Henry’s Balance 19 Compilation won him Best Compilation at the prestigious Spanish DJMag awards earlier this year, where he also picked up awards for Best Label (for his Natura Sonoris imprint) and Best Live Act.
The line-up then reels off Ghosting Season, an exciting new band signed to Sasha’s Last Night on Earth label. They’ve been described by no less an authority than Mixmag as the ones to watch for 2012, and will be performing a live set on the night. Completing the list will be home-grown star Jemmy, who’s EP ‘Quarry Bank Rainbow’ will be released on the Renaissance label this summer.
One of the world’s finest neo-classical buildings and part of Liverpool’s World Heritage site, it was originally built as a venue for music festivals in the 1850s and was once described by Charles Dickens as ‘the most perfect hall in the world’. That rich legacy lives on, with Renaissance’s reputation for decadent surroundings combining with Freeze’s ability to marry dance music to the most unlikely of environs.
Freeze compounded expectations and belief by successfully bringing electronic music to Liverpool Cathedral in April 2011, an epochal achievement for dance music in what is believed to have been a world first. The event is still talked about in reverential tones by clubbers from Liverpool and beyond, creating a reputation which suggests this event will be similarly vaunted.
Following the event, an exclusive after-party is being held in a secret venue, for which just 500 tickets are available. As a means of continuing Freeze’s emotional commitment to Breast Cancer awareness, a percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to the cause.
Renaissance 20th Anniversary
St Georges Hall Liverpool
7pm – 1am
Ghosting Season (Live)
Special Guest (tba)
LAST ENTRY 9PM
After Party 1am -6am