In conjunction with our friends at Plastic Soup, we present the first Freeze BBQ of the summer and a line up that is a lot fatter than the meat will be!!
There are few, if any parties that have had an affect on the recent clubbing landscape in the UK as secretsundaze. James Priestley and his co-hort Giles Smith ARE secretsundaze. From its launch in 2001 both the night and the djing career of James have gone into orbit!
This legendary Sunday afternoon London party with its colourful, cosmopolitan crowds and cutting-edge music policy soon became the talk of the town to the point where in 2005 both Mixmag and Time Out awarded it 'Best UK Club Night'. The secret was also out in Europe, with hugely successful secretsundaze parties now taking place in Ibiza (Blue Marlin, & Gala Night) Barcelona (during Sonar) and Austria (Snowbombing). With a reputation for using risque/off-the-cuff venues, the club has welcomed some of the world's most renowned djs & producers with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Trevor Jackson and Steve Bug all appearing over the years. More recently, top European clubs such as Panorama Bar (Berlin), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt) & Magazzini Generali (Milan) have all played host to rocking secretsundaze parties.
In 2004 James launched 'Go!Zilla' and as co-promoter, programmer and resident dj it was the perfect avenue for him to showcase and pursue far more diverse sounds and tastes, incorporating more Disco and live bands into the party realm inviting the likes of the Glimmers, Rub n¹ Tug and Optimo as well as people such as Ame, Damian Lazarus & Dixon to join him. Here he currently holds residencies at Cargo & East Village, both in Shoreditch.
James has a distinct djing style, playing broadly what you would describe as deep House & Techno, often borrowing from his freestyle background, preferring to move things around rather than follow one linear groove. You will also notice James' solid musical background in his sets and productions usually favouring strong melodies and warm, organic sounds. His style hasn't gone unnoticed and he regularly plays some of the best clubs and parties around the world, highlights including Cocoon (London), Circo Loco (London), We Love Sundays (Space, Ibiza), Module (Tokyo), Dama de Fera (Rio de Janeiro), Propaganda (Moscow), Week-end (Berlin), Manumission (Ibiza) Nitsa & City Hall (Barcelona), Showcase (Paris), Morphine (Hamburg), and in UK Fabric, The End, Bugged Out!, Electric Chair, Basics, Asylum, Boutique, Superfreq, Faith, and Global Gathering, V Festival, Bestival, Hi-Fi, Latitude, Tales of The Jackalope, Bloom and Isle of Wight festivals.
In September 2007 it was 10 years since James began djing in earnest and the month aptly saw the release of his first compilation/mix CD ¬ 'secretsundaze Volume 1', distributed worldwide through Amato Distribution on his own label, 'secretsundaze Music', which he co-manages and A & Rs.
That month also saw the release of his debut original track, 'Chariots' on leading UK label, Will Saul's Simple Records which has released music of the pedigree of Mathew Jonson, John Tejada and My My in the past. The follow up to that, 'The Source', was recently released, winning the highly prestigious accolade of 'Record of The Week' at Phonica Records and also hailed as 'House Release of the Month' there too.
May 2008 sees the release of the latest in the secretsundaze compilations.
Just looking at the clubs listed above shows what a coup it is for us to get James in the Lemon Lounge! We are hugely excited with the booking and know this will be one of our best parties to date.
Warming things up will be the Plastic Soup purveyors of fine tunage - General Jimmy, Paul Outlar and Jazzbo. The perfect starting place for James to take over! Closing things down and smashing things out will be Casson and Currie. The perfect duo to take over from James!!
So, get you sunglasses and summer clothes on, we are firing up the BBQ and bringing you the best music Liverpool has to offer on a sunny bank holiday sunday!