As Liverpool club night, 303, kicks of its fifth anniversary year, The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight reflects on what the brand has covered during their quinqennial.
I, like many other individuals from across the North West (and further afield), have enjoyed 303 from the very first time I set foot in one of their events. My first 303 was one of their infamous Summer parties and revellers were sat on the Attic patio, enjoying the sun, BBQ food, and some luscious techy vibes pounding out of the speakers courtesy of resident, Samuel Lamont.
The evening was one to never forget (despite a somewhat sketchy memory, I think I can remember most of it) as 303 had invited acid pioneers, Hardfloor, to play. This evening not only gave me one of the best performances I’ve seen at the club, but also it cemented 303 as one of my ‘go-to’ nights. I always know that the promoters, the crowd, and the DJs they book, are there for one thing only; to sweat their back out and have a brilliant party. Something I’m always on board with.
Five years is quite the milestone for a clubbing brand. Events come and go quicker than a passing tradesperson, but 303 have somehow managed to maintain their position at the pinnacle of their game, having drawn some of the biggest and best names the underground scene has to offer, from Dave Clarke to DJ Hell, via Guy J and Surgeon.
New Year’s Eve saw the brand kick off their fifth anniversary year in style, as they packed out the Baltic Triangle‘s warehouse and garden areas with yet more talent. As we arrived, Stu Hodson was manning the controls in the Warehouse, with Kenny Muir stepping in before the midnight countdown. Hodson took his position back at the decks as the room filled with a genuinely palpable excitement, everyone in the room eager to flick 2017 the ‘V’.
Outside in the Garden, Samuel Lamont was laying down his own brand of cosmic techno beats, joined by the Melodic Distraction boys, Jimmy Allen and Hold It Down, while the warehouse welcomed Justin Robertson to the stage. His set illustrated perfectly why his services are called upon again and again by club nights and festivals the world over. He never fails to disappoint and played a blinder. He was followed up by Rohar, who has just launched his own label, Rorecs, playing Flight 1 from their first release, The Flight EP, to a baying crowd.
As you should already know by now, part one of 303‘s birthday celebrations is taking place at Invisible Wind Factory, with DJs confirmed as Nick Warren, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Charlie May, Steve Parry and 303 DJs. The evening event will feature Quivver and Parry (for his second outing that day) at the IWF Substation.
Part Two of their five year commemorations will be brought to you by none other than progressive house legend, John Digweed and Patrice Baumel. It is also set to take place at IWF on March 31st. You can grab your tickets here while they’re still available. We can see these selling out, so step on it!
All that we have left to say is the best of luck to 303. You guys not only make our jobs here at the Waveform Transmitter a hell of a lot easier (cooperation is key in this business), but you have worked tirelessly for the past five years to bring Liverpool (and more) some of the best parties the city has seen. Here’s to another successful five!