Uber’s had a great deal of excitement within its tenure. The stunning showcases of Spring may be the most obvious point of reference, two blistering Radio One ordained showcases centred around the station’s Carlisle based One Big Weekend, but pretty much everything they have yearned for has happened. Nigh on every DJ they’ve wanted to book has come about, the Media has consistently voiced its approval for the club and they’ve brought thousands to party in Carlisle. But there remains one area of unfinished business.
November 2010 was Uber’s Fourth Birthday party, but it was also supposed to be the start of the club’s brand new residency at Carlisle nightclub the Melting Point. Although the night in question was an unmitigated success (Greg Wilson playing a rapturous edit based set to a bouncing crowd), fate had other ideas for the dawn of this new chapter in Uber’s history.
Fire damage meant the club was shut down unexpectedly, but by no means destroyed despite the immense problems facing the owners in revitalising it. Now, much earlier than expected, the club is prepared to open once more with the story adding a very literal edge to the metaphorical Phoenix from the Flames fable. August Bank Holiday 2011 Uber and the Melting Pot re-engage with their goal of revitalising Carlisle’s nightlife.
The talent on offer reflects that pledge, much like a fine red wine it reeks of sophistication, multi-faceted flavours and a vintage focus on dance music’s varied tapestry of genres. Josh Wink headlines, the Philadelphia tech-house tycoon one of the music’s legends with a global touring calendar, glut of production work and sterling record label Ovum all building on the success of his huge breakthrough hit ‘Higher State of Consciousness’.
Joining him will be Toolroom Records boss Mark Knight and edit superstar The Revenge. Knight remains the undisputed king of British main room house, a Ministry of Sound global resident and a DJ who can boast over three decades working at the pinnacle of the scene. The Revenge transformed the nu-disco genre, with his edits of everyone from Q-Tip to Hot Chocolate at the front of every DJ’s box in recent times. Most notably was his ‘Regulate’ sampling ‘Funk on a whole Nu Level’, the track of choice when DJs doffed their cap in memory to the late Nate Dogg.
As ever there is a bulging ensemble of local artists representing for Uber, as well as a series of as of yet unannounced special guests which will only increase the strength of this eye-popping line-up. As a trailblazer to Uber’s future in the venue it serves as an epic statement of intent, and proof that the only fire burning now is a desire to enrich Carlisle’s musical legacy.
*Uber Bank Holiday Outdoor Special - Sunday 26th August @ Merienda Treasury Court*
It's back. Uber returns in stunning style for its annual August Bank Holiday fun with a brand new venue and a line-up rammed to the rafters with favourites old and new. They will be taking over Treasury Court for a Terrace style event, a venue which has never been utilised in this manner before for an intimate capacity day and night of sun kissed grooves and hedonistic allure. Uber will be joined by local lads Palooza, whose previous guests include Silicone Soul, Hot CreationsÕ Denny and Nickelle and are a collective capable of delivering sure-fire grooves all night long, something they will be doing in the bar for the entire event.
And what about the line-up? There's the permeable influence from Chicago, the city where Uber and Carlisle has always had this unlikely spiritual connection, not to mention the kindred spirit with another Northern England city where house music has a rich heritage. All in all it will deliver at a simply stunning showcase which once again proves England's most Northerly city packs just as big a punch as its southern neighbours.
Headlining is Derrick Carter. What else is there left to say about the king of the boompty boomp? When dance music entered its second stage Derrick was leading from the front in Chi-Town, making acid flecked music that looked back beyond the genre's roots to funk and early disco. His beats jacked, his grooves popped and above all his DJ sets delivered. Derrick transforms records, tearing funk out of grooves and lifting beats to beyond their mere mortal existence. There will also be a very special guest joining proceedings - rather likely to share more than a love of house music with Derrick - that will be announced closer to the time.
Following that Uber are extremely excited to welcome Glaswegian techno royalty Slam to the event! Since the early 90s the duo have been at the forefront of the most interesting developments within house and techno, be it unleashing Daft Punk on the world pre Homework, pushing music over two decades via the brilliantly influential Soma Recordings or knocking out classics of their own such as 'Positive Education' and 'Lifetimes'. Despite their close proximity the boys haven't made it to Uber yet that changes for this historic showcase.
Next up is Alex Metric, whose latest album Ammunition has delivered a bevy of dancefloor slayers 'Rave Weapon,' 'Epichords' and 'Anybody Else.' His flair for the remix has developed into a serious talent in re-imagining vocal tracks, a case in point being the stunning transformation of Dave Gahan's iconic words on Depeche Mode's classic 'Personal Jesus'. His brand of scattershot electro and funk charged techno will be perfect for Carlisle.
Uber also sees a return from one of its old favourites in Yousef, a DJ who will be playing differing day and night sets. 2012 is shaping up to be a very special year for Yousef, with his sophomore album 'A product of Your Environment' set to drop side by side with Circus, the clubnight he has built to become one of the best in Europe, set to celebrate a decade of activity in September. The two sets will offer a snapshot into every facet of his musical personality.
Another Uber debut comes in the shape of Tim Green. Tim has become one of the starlets of the modern house and techno environment, possessing an idiosyncratic groove and an off kilter cheekiness which has peppered his sound beyond the usual house hallmarks and allowed his beats to parlay on Get Physical and Cocoon records. The Warehouse ProjectÕs Krysko, one of the most versatile and deftly endearing DJs on the UK house scene, returns as do Uber stalwarts We Take Polaroid's and Ki Creighton, the former playing live. Local boy done good Junior G, fresh from ensnaring a residency at Ministry of Sound, tops a list of residents and friends who will round off the talent on board.
The Full Line-Up
Uber Presents Night and Day Courtyard Party
Sunday 26th August 2012 @ Treasury Court / Merienda
Fisher Street, Carlisle CA3 8RF
Yousef (Day & Night sets)
Tim Green (Cocoon/Get Physical)
Surprise Guests TBA
We Take Polaroids (Live)
Junior G (MOS)
Further friends & Residents
PALOOZA hosting the bar all night long
All tickets www.skiddle.com
Doors: 2pm -2am
LAST ENTRY 1AM
Cost: £20 early bird NOW SOLD OUT and £25 advance (Limited ticket only event)