Huge celebrations for Chibuku’s 15th birthday

Posted on 16 February 2015
By Faye Smith
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After 15 years at the forefront of the UK clubbing scene, Chibuku club night are proud to present the gargantuan line up for their huge 15th Birthday celebration on Saturday 14th March 2015 starting at Liverpool’s impressive Camp & Furnace venue, before moving on to the club’s spiritual home at Arts Club where some very special top secret guest performances are in the pipeline, and culminating in the now legendary after party at The Magnet.

Spanning three venues, eight stages and over twelve hours in total, some of the biggest and best names in the electronic music world will gather together to celebrate the lasting legacy of one of the UK clubbing scene’s best-loved nights. Featuring performances from big names including Annie Mac, Andy C, David Rodigan MBE, Fourtet, Joy Orbison, George Fitzgerald, Jackmaster, Ben UFO, Benji B , Oneman, EZ and DJ Craze plus a host of Chibuku resident DJs and friends from throughout the years, this one promises to be the biggest and boldest party they’ve hosted to date.

Announced this week as Zane Lowe’s replacement at BBC Radio One, veteran DJ and long-time friend of the club Annie Mac had the following to say about appearing on the bill; “I’m delighted to be appearing amongst such an esteemed group of DJs for Chibuku’s 15th birthday. I’ve had some of my best nights out ever in the Theatre at Chibuku, both on the dance floor and on the stage. I’ve been attending the club night for over ten years and it’s still as exciting and atmospheric as ever.”

Drum and bass pioneer Andy C comments: “Chibuku throw some of the best parties around, and the energy from the crowd is guaranteed to be on fire. I always look forward to playing there, and I can’t wait celebrate their 15th birthday with them.”

What began as a group of friends gathering above an old bar in Liverpool has evolved into a world-renowned promotions team at the heart of the UK’s night life. Now, with newly instated partner and head promoter Sean Stephenson at the helm with a brand new team of young blood supporting him, the night continues to evolve and grow with the fast-paced and ever changing landscape of electronic music.

“In terms of DJs we’ve had at the night, I think it’s a more of case of who hasn’t played for us” says Stephenson “We’ve broken many a big-name DJ onto the global platform whilst always trying to maintain a high calibre of music. My first ever Chibuku was in late 2003 when I moved to Liverpool for University. I walked into the Theatre at the old Barfly and was greeted by UNKLE playing ‘In a State’ and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

They’ve thrown parties at venues like Warehouse Project, Camp & Furnace, The Shipping Forecast and The Magnet; hosted arenas at Parklife, Global Gathering, Sonar, Hideout Festival and held a five year residency with Fabric; and they’ve even managed to make the occasional foray into throwing events on boats, trains and in barns on remote woodland.

As one of only a handful of UK clubs who’ve managed to make it to their fifteenth year, this cross genre behemoth will only serve to underscore the night’s lasting relevance and importance to electronic music around the world – long may it continue.

Remember: for the official Chibuku 15th Birthday, the After Show Party starts at Arts Club from 11pm – 4am then moves over at 4am – late at The Magnet on Hardman Street.