REVIEW: Baltic Block Party, Baltic Triangle 30/05/14


The people of Liverpool had long awaited an inner city festival that showcased the best house and techno around and it finally came on Fri 30 May. The Baltic Block Party was hosted by some of the Liverpool’s finest underground nights and promoters such as ColdBlooded, WAXXX, Jolt and Release to name just a few. We sent Ashley Manning along with her dancing shoes.

It was a celebration of the new promotional talent that has been trying to restore Liverpool’s music scene back into the Baltic Triangle area. Set in the most perfect area and home to some of the best warehouse spaces around the first ever Baltic Block Party took over the Baltic’s once large decrepit spaces now standing for the sole purpose to bring the crowds together to listen to decent music.

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It was all in all a 16 hour set comprising of 40 DJ’s from around the world. This included well known residents who took to the decks first – getting the capacity audience prepped and ready for the bigger names in underground electronic music to take over.

We began in Haus to warm up with Lone and Pariah. Arthur Cayzer (better known as Pariah, and one half of the label SHEWORKS) got the night going when he dropped Psyks 2013 release of Eclipse.

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The all-nighter was sponsored by blu cigs with the Haus venue bathed in blue light and a faint sweet smell harassing everyone’s noses. People spent the night queuing to get from one room to the next as the atmosphere grew to a friendly anticipation of what DJ was next to appear. Mushy was next on our list, playing a set at the Garage. The crowd was intimate as the night was still early and he was followed by Benton who dropped a DJ Ozz track. It’s worth mentioning that darling Whitney Houston also got a bit of airplay during the set as well!

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It was then swiftly back over to Haus (aptly named blu:Haus after the sponsors) to see Berlin’s finest techno DJ/producer and man of the moment Ben Klock. If you missed this guy then I doubt your night was complete so here is one of his boiler Room sets so you can pretend to everyone you were there:

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He was followed by Boddika. This guy’s ability to grab the crowd never fails and his set didn’t disappoint. He dropped ‘Mercy’, a production from his collaborative days with Joy Orbison which you can take a listen to below:

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The night was rounded up with a one hour set from Happa. The Block Party continued over in the Garage with sets form Stanton Warriors and Dub Phizix and Strategy. It was one of those typically good nights in which Liverpool proves how good it is at not just selecting its DJ’s but also appreciating them.

Words: Ashley Manning

IMAGES: Paul Carroll

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