Some might say that putting on an electronic all-nighter with a three-hour set from HELENA HAUFF as the headline act on New Year’s Day is madness. In fact, it turns out to be a form of genius. Whether still up from the night before or opting for this as the night to welcome in 2018 (a good move given the over-familiarity of a lot of what was on offer for punters on New Year’s Eve), the crowd in Kitchen Street is pumped. It’s a mixed bag of a room, made up of students, twenty-something barflies and middle-aged ravers, all ready for Helena Hauff.
The Hamburg-based DJ, producer and “queen of the underground” plays an energetic, experimental and characteristically dark set. Performing exclusively with vinyl, Hauff showcases her stylistically broad palette, playing a range of electronic hits and niche techno bangers. Breakneck tempos morph into floor-shaking beats, accented by gnarly acid infusions of digital waves, creating an addictive and ever-changing three-hour journey of wall to wall sound. Following her undisputedly hot closing set at Dekmantel 2017 – Amsterdam’s multi-day electronic fiesta – Liverpool audiences are lucky to welcome in the new year with such a rising star.
Support on the night comes from a host of local DJs; BREAKWAVE, James BINARY and Jacques MALCHANCE alternatively sharing the stage. Breakwave (Jessica Beaumont, founder of club night Meine Nacht and local label Deep Sea Frequency) kicks things off with a pulsating, acid-infused techno set to oil the gears for the early doors ravers. Mixing things up later on, DJ duo Binary and Malchance play a digital versus vinyl set to a much fuller room, as the audience start to flood in. Featuring the likes of CSMNT61, Randomer, Mr Oizo and Dopplereffekt, their set fuses acid-techno, big bass riffs and rave stabs, setting the scene for Hauff’s headline odyssey.
Those inside prove that there’s still a hunger to see local performers sharing the space with a European heavyweight, and more female DJs represented than that of your average night. Who’s up for more?