Closer are proud to announce that Ben Sims has been added to the line-up for August 3rd. Ben is one of the true pioneers of the UK techno scene and respected the world over, so it’s going to be out of this world having him alongside Kevin Saunderson especially as he’ll be playing one of his very special old skool techno sets. You can feel the buzz in the air already!
So where were you on Friday, April 20th when Closer was born? Well, 500 techno aficionados were still partying hard to the sound of Luke Slater as the sun rose the next morning. Damn lucky they were too as it very nearly didn’t happen – last minute licence shenanigans meant the original venue in Shoreditch was abandoned and the whole party was dragged kicking and screaming south of the river to Corsica Studios in Elephant & Castle.
It proved to be a triumph and the perfect location for an enthralling night of techno with all the DJs including Colin Dale, Jon Rundell and resident Steve Strawberry playing out of their skins. If that wasn’t enough, special guest Luke Slater played a truly inspirational set blending techno old and new, minimal, electro, tech house and whatever he damn well pleased to a crowd who simply couldn’t get enough. It was one of those moments when you know you were witness to something special and proved that Closer came into being for a reason and is the party that London has been missing for a long time.
Closer does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s about techno in its purest, rawest sense – unrestricted, unrestrained – delivered by its finest practitioners up close and personal. The scene’s leading DJs are in such demand on the global circuit that we barely get to see them here in the UK and that’s usually confined to the bigger clubs and festivals. All well and good, of course, but there’s nothing quite like dancing to techno in one room where the lights are low, the atmosphere is intense and you can see the whites of the DJs’ eyes!
Out of adversity comes strength and so with the spirit of the first party still strong Politburo Events are proud to present the second instalment of Closer. Once again it will take place in an intimate warehouse location in central London (to be revealed seven days before the night) and who better to follow Luke Slater than Detroit legend Kevin Saunderson. Joining him will be the UK’s finest Ben Sims and Mark Williams, resident Steve Strawberry and Hello Techno My Old Friend, while Tweak&Bleep host the second room with special guest Jon Gurd.
Kevin Saunderson: what more can we say. This man has been at the forefront of techno since 1988 when he cut his teeth alongside fellow Detroit innovators Derrick May and Juan Atkins. Think names like Inner City, E-Dancer, The Reese Project, Tronik House and more; think anthems like ‘Big Fun’, ‘Good Life’ and ‘Pennies From Heaven’; think the recent Elevator world tour which combined VDJ technology and a live show. As a producer Kevin Saunderson has few equals across a broad spectrum of electronic dance music, while as a DJ he has his finger firmly on the pulse of the underground – just check out his recent critically acclaimed mix album, ‘The Detroit Connection’. Tonight he’ll be letting the music do the talking with a DJ set that’s sure to be a master class in all things techno.
Ben Sims: treating us to one of his famous old techno sets will be a DJ and producer who has been championing the techno scene both in the UK and internationally for many years now. Ben is the man behind parties like Flux, Retro_Vert and most recently Split as well as playing regularly across Europe and beyond. He’s also a prolific producer with releases on countless labels including his own imprints like Theory Recordings, Hardgroove and Ingoma.
Mark Williams: one of London’s finest and well-respected by DJs and clubbers, Mark Williams is one of the true ambassadors of techno with releases on labels like Ingoma, Artificial Vinyl, Real Sessions, Primate and his own Macumba imprint. A prolific producer, he also released an album on Subject Detroit earlier this year, ‘You Can't Hide What You Truly Feel’, and continues to play in just about every country across the globe.
Steve Strawberry: coming up from the London underground and the man behind the excellent Tilted Disco and Electric Jukebox parties, Steve Strawberry is a man you’ll be hearing a lot more of over the coming months with his incendiary turntable skills. He’s also the Closer resident and smashed the last party with his three-deck and TR808 set. Expect more of the same this time around.
Hello Techno My Old Friend: these guys will be kicking things off with Arnold B (Brazil), Lisa Kristiina (Lo Motion) and Binni (error_) at the controls. Hello Techno My Old Friend are part of the UMAMi DJs crew and have earned their spurs on London’s techno scene, so much so, in fact, that they were invited to host an arena at the Antiworld 070707 festival.
Tweak&Bleep: over in the second room Tweak&Bleep will be your hosts providing an alternative soundtrack of breakbeat, electro and house. These guys have been putting on great parties at The Gallery and Medicine in Shoreditch recently, and tonight they’ll be joined by Solrac, Chris P, Pretty Ben and special guest Jon Gurd. With releases on labels like Cr2 and Toolroom this guy is one of the most exciting new talents coming through the ranks.
There will also be live visuals in both rooms and you can expect the same high standards of sound, lighting and production to be found at all Politburo Events alongside one of the friendliest crowds around. What’s more, very limited early bird tickets are available at only £7 + b/f and look out for some exclusive free downloads too.
Closer is the techno party London’s faithful has been crying out for – unrestricted, unrestrained and like no other. This is your chance to get Closer with Kevin Saunderson – accept no substitute, this is for one night only.
For further details call Paul Jack on 07814 179946 / email@example.com
Matthew Duffield at Politburo HQ on 07957 112723 / firstname.lastname@example.org