Circus – Ten Years And Counting
When Yousef first conceived the idea of Circus over a decade ago, he wanted to promote a party in his then hometown of Liverpool for somewhere he could play quality electronic music and have fun. And from its first bass-reverberating session, Circus has evolved into one of the best house and techno parties on the planet.
Circus has come a long way. What started off as a simple ‘house party’ in one small room has become a globally recognised club night of immense stature, reaching a decade of brilliant parties which inspire its audience and DJs alike. Circus has hosted pretty much every iconic figure of dance music; Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier (DJ sets & live), Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Butch, Sasha, Seth Troxler, John Digweed, Aeroplane, Heidi, Dennis Ferrer, Magda, Heidi, Maya Jane Coles, Nick Curly, Tim Green, Raresh, Guy Gerber and many, many more have all contributed to the club’s illustrious history, whilst helping to set its future course.
Circus has enhanced Liverpool’s reputation as an epicentre for electronic music culture. Its revered status is augmented by the quality of its bookings and the loyalty of its crowd, crowned by the 10thanniversary celebrations in September 2012, and the series of X parties through the rest of the year. It’s a club whose founding ethos remains the same to this day: ‘serious music and fun times’. It’s also a club whom for each show gives a debut, introducing new talent to the city; Circus was the first to bring the likes of Loco Dice and Davide Squillace to the UK and among the first to champion now global stars like Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones, when they were unknown years ago.
The recognition has come quick and fast, winning UK Club Of The Year from the BBC and recently praised as Mixmag’s ‘number one’ night. The dance music press continues to universally respect and admire the club’s achievements, praising each new chapter. When BBC Radio 1 wanted to celebrate their epochal 500th Essential Mix DJ, Circus was their obvious choice to host the historical occasion. The event saw Ritchie Hawtin pitted side by side with Sasha, with Pete Tong holding court as Aeroplane made history, with Yousef of course taking centre stage.
Whilst its home is resolutely Liverpool, the club continues to garner international coverage, becoming one of the leaders in electronic music, building residencies in London and New York. At the centre of it all has been Yousef. Just as his club night has matured and developed, so has he. His sound continues to morph constantly, moving towards a full and complete spectrum of quality house and techno, with dance floor driven electronica, as well as delivering his 2nd artist album, A Product Of Your Environment, to critical acclaim. Yousef is the creative force who drives Circus forward, booking the line ups personally, working with Chibuku-Shake-Shake and Warehouse Project promoter Rich McGinnis, to make the event into much more than just a collection of DJs; Circus has real heart and emotion, captured in a few sublime hours each month.
Whilst it’s rare for a DJ to promote his own night, it’s even rarer to find such a successful one, which is testament to years of hard work and dedication from Yousef and the team behind Circus. Touring the world many times over, playing in some of the most famed venues out there, has helped distilled Yousef’s vision for Circus into what it is today.
“During my career I have been privileged to play in so many incredible club spaces, so I know just how good Circus is. It’s all about the people; always has been, and always will be - our great crowd, the DJs and live acts we book, and everyone involved behind the scenes. We have reached ten years and have got so much more to achieve, it’s such an exciting time for the club!”
It can count on a resident roster which includes NRK, Rekids and Souvenir producer Lewis Boardman, Cafe Mambo legend and Acid Monday Alex Wolfenden and the rapidly rising Scott Lewis alongside the irrepressible Yousef. But above all, it combines the indomitable spirit which was there from the start, with just 300 patrons at the birth of something truly special. It’s this family, which sees Circus enter 2013 as one of the world’s leading house and techno parties, the next generation has already begun.
Circus Recordings, the record label than runs parallel to the Circus events has been releasing music since 2009, and is now a serious go to label for house and techno and serious electronic music. Gathering support from freshest and most seasoned dj talent alike. names like Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Steve Lawler and endless more. Circus Recordings has released music by Sven Vath, Fourtet, Dj Sneak and of course Yousef, as well as the next generation of artists like David Glass, Acid Mondays, Tom Flynn and Maher Daniel.
Yousef has released two full artist albums on his label to incredible aclaim and is about to release Circus-X, a two part mix compilation featuring 100% brand new and exclusive tracks made for Circus Recordings by the friends of Circus, djs and artists that have featured at Circus events since the club opened ten years ago.
Circus X – part 1. mixed by Yousef.
10 exclusive tracks, 10 friends of Circus, 10 years of Circus.
Names like Guti, Carl Cox, Nick Curly, Derrick Carter, Green Velvet, Nic Fanciulli, Davide Squillace, Tim Green and more all feature on Part 1 of the X compilation series.