Kitchen Street 6th Birthday
24 Kitchen Street has remained a bastion in Liverpool’s underground electronic music scene over the years. It’s become a citadel for electronic music culture to grow and expand, break new ground and test its audience. It’s been six years since its inception, but it didn’t take long for it to emerge as one of Liverpool’s leading mixed-use independent music venues and arts spaces. Hosting regular club nights, performance art events and various workshops, it’s now renowned among the city’s creative community. Notably, Kitchen Street has allowed the electronic scene to grow at an unprecedented level, hosting hard-hitting DJs from Berlin to Detroit. But it hasn’t been a solo effort. Kitchen Street is the centre point of collaboration, working with innovative promoters such as The Wonderpot, Watt Hz?? and Meine Nacht to introduce Liverpool to some of the most electrifying nights the city has witnessed in recent memory.
To celebrate their sixth birthday, who better to take the reins than the Derry-born OR:LA. Starting her musical journey in Liverpool and a much-loved frequenter of Kitchen Street, Or:la has constantly been progressing since the start of her career. Originally DJing with Liverpool based nights such as Meine Nacht, she has moved onto become a resident at Manchester club monolith The Warehouse Project, as well as producing her own tracks for Hotflush, Deep Sea Frequency and, more recently, her own label Céad.
Walking into Kitchen Street, there is an immediate sense of warmth and a feeling of elevated spirits. A gathering of party people and electronic enthusiasts, creating the sort of vibe a birthday truly deserves. Immediately, as Or:la jumps behind the decks, she brings in her kaleidoscopic mix of genres, which varies from bass, breaks, techno and everything in between; ready to sway the people of Kitchen Street whichever direction she pleases. Through her guidance, the wide array of sounds happily fit snug under one umbrella held aloft the decks, moving the crowd in a way that most DJs can’t achieve.
A birthday occasion requires energy, and there is little shortage with the Kitchen Street native at the helm.