Christian Burkhardt (live)
HO & DEN
One of the only flames still burning to keep electronic dance music culture alive in the Latvian capital Riga has been doing it for 4 years now, going into the fifth in 2018. Club ONE ONE opened on New Year's Eve so it's a bit tricky as far as anniversaries go. This year the club is celebrating the whole long weekend that makes up the evening we switch to 2019 and Friday and Tuesday that naturally come with it. And with a line-up that involves most of the local strength as well as an unnatural density of international talent in such a short period for this city.
The anniversary 5-night stand starts Friday, December 28 where the club brings it's Friends series that launched this year to new heights with a live performance by a friend of the club that has been coming over a couple of times through the years – Christian Burkhardt. The Sven Väth's Cocoon affiliate is going to perform his trademark "hybrid" live set where the line blurs between deejaying and musicianship. Also on the night – two of the club's friends and guilty parties of musically exceptional nights the series has covered who both coincidentally go by the Latvian name "Ivars" – MDNS and Ze Ivarzz. One of the busiest after-hours specialists this year who hails from the windy city of Liepaja – Guretsky tops off the Friday line-up.
Saturday, December 29 sees the end-of-year happening of the series House Purgatorio conceived by Elvi Soulsystems and visual artist DEE. Having brought in exquisite performances by the likes of Borusiade, Patricia Kokett and Patris this year the series has been rare but loud this year. The Purgatorio is fixated on audiovisual experience and the bringing together of senses as well as aesthetics – looking into the abyss of future whilst being heavily guided by the classical. For this "fin de l'année" the Purgatorio presents one of it's most aggressive yet compelling line-ups to date – joining forces with Riga's RIOT crew with both Gesta and Ģirts Reiniks, the STURM crew in the image of SKD who released his debut record on metaphysik last year and is debut his live performance on the sound system of the club. Author of some of the most sought-after and genre-bening recordings for Berceuse Heroique, Pinkman, Mannequin, Boysnoize Records – Black Merlin is to experience his first visit to the Riga capital. Not for the faint-hearted – the second night of the anniversary celebrations is worth every bit of risk!
Sunday, December 30 the club has decided to relieve a bit of that "pre-NYE tension" with an unlikely couple – one of the scene's unsung heroes who has this year more or less properly returned to regular night-shifts – artis is joined by one of the busiest bees in the hive of Riga's intimate dance scene – Judzhen who launched his own series at ONE ONE this year – DJISJKO – bringing in people like OL of Gost Zvuk.
Monday, December 31 the "real" birthday party is taken up by one of the founders of ONE ONE – Kris Hovel and his brand Pencilhaus which shall on the night become the a platform of collaboration with heads from another Riga crew specializing in the subtle and minimalistic approach to dance music – Micronica in the image of two of their front-runners iOAN and DIN. The guest of the night is a returning friend of the club – Oshana. The Berlin-based New Yorkan who releases her music on such imprints as Brouqade and Partisan will this time bring her live performance to the stage of the club on a New Year's night. Also joining the Pencilhaus waggon if only for a night is the club's very own KIRHA who launched his own KIRKOS series in the club a pretty large acclaim this year.
Tuesday, January 1 is "the comedown" for which the club is hosting a new duo born just this year but already developing special healing powers – HO & DEN are to play a set of not necessarily "clubby" music on a relaxed Tuesday night after the tempest of the New Year's celebrations to heal all.
Tickets to the events – available separately to each of the 5 nights at Resident Advisor. Dedicated music lovers can also obtain a package deal – a 5-night pass to all the events – also available at Resident Advisor. Limited amounts of printed tickets will also be available to friendly institutions around the city.