Formerly Sankeys Soap, the Manchester venue that re-opened in 2006 as simply Sankeys has had a storied history since its opening in 1994.
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L.B.S - Only three letters but several different meanings: 'Laurent + Ben + Stephane'/ 'Live Booth Sessions' / 'Loud Bass & Samples'...
This is only the beginning for this new, very club orientated project, which will bring together Laurent Garnier (DJ & machines), Benjamin Rippert (keyboards) and Stephane "Scan X" Dri (machines), to quite literally create before your eyes and ears.
"After eighteen months on tour with my musicians, I began to realize that I could get as much pleasure from playing live in a festival as I could from DJing in clubs. Whilst on tour, we developed a very open style of playing: interacting, improvising, and expressing ourselves freely, something that I thought I could only achieve through my DJ sets. It was obvious that after a long period spent touring round some of the biggest festivals, I was going to feel an overwhelming desire to go back to my roots (clubs and records), but the idea of finding myself alone behind two decks was impossible. So why not combine the two? Why not play other people's records alongside my own tracks, played live? Why not put the two together to make one? After more than twenty years spent DJing, I really wanted to take it a step further. Sometimes, when I see other DJs playing out today I get the feeling that they're bored, that they don't get off on what they're doing anymore. It is very clear to me why the idea behind L.B.S came to life because not only will it give my work a new lease of life, it will also offer a new and very different experience to club goers." - Laurent Garnier
Straight out of the DJ booths of some of the best clubs on the planet, L.B.S offers the best of both worlds by combining the versatility and flexibility of the DJ set with the ability to experiment tracks live. Two decks, a Rhodes, several keyboards and machines will be used to create organic improvised four-hour sets guaranteed to work the dance floor.
"I especially want to carry on creating and exploring whether through Djing or playing live. But also, get even closer to the public than we can in a festival. During the live sections of L.B.S I will be developing and fine-tuning new tracks in front of (and with) the crowd to create the live of the future, but also to test out new tracks. We'll be taking our time, something that isn't really the done thing nowadays!! One thing is sure, the dance floor never lies... Alongside Benjamin and Scan X I'll be creating tracks live for my next tour and for my future releases."
In view of the amazing feedback on the net after a couple of "test" dates that L.B.S performed in the spring of 2010, the tour will officially begin at the end of October 2010 with a myriad of dates in Europe. It will continue throughout 2011 around the rest of the world, stopping at Sankeys on November 13th.
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