The mighty Upitup collective are back to celebrate 15 years of premium quality (and FREE) releases in May. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight looks forward to a two day event featuring Ceephax, Neil Landstrumm, and much more.
15 years eh? Where does the time go? I can remember hitting some quality nights over the past ten years since the Upitup‘s first export, Jacques Malchance, hit our shores to start spreading the word. If you are after something with a significantly leftfield twist, then Upitup should be one of your go-to brands in Liverpool.
Previous excursions have seen some of the most well-respected artists on the underground scene joining forces with the collective to bring Liverpool something totally different to the usual paint-by-numbers techno. Artists from the IDM spectrum remain prominent figures in their line-ups, but they also bring with them acts from the farthest reaches of electronic music, offering us all something to make our heads think just as much as they make our feet move.
Most recently the crew came together with more of Liverpool’s forward thinkers, Cartier for Everyone and The Wonder Pot, to offer the city a taste of all-out electro mayhem, courtesy of E A Moon, MT Hall, Lorenzo Senni, and DJ Stingray. This was a big deal for us here at Waveform. We’re all huge electro fans and seeing Stingray dropping a frenetic electro set, on wax no less, was a testament to their hard work, and their commitment to offering Liverpool’s musos something out of the ordinary.
May 11th and 12th sees the brand dropping two full days of the finest sounds to grace your ears. Friday 11th is confirmed to take place at North Shore Troubadour, an arts space based in Liverpool’s docklands area. The perfect setting for some of the underground’s biggest and best to throw down what will undoubtedly be a complete freak-out. Manning the headline spot is Ceephax Acid Crew (you may also know him as the brother of Tom Jenkinson, AKA Squarepusher) who, as the name suggests, will be ready to pour boiling hot acid into your listen-holes.
Neil Landstrumm has also been confirmed for the Friday element of the event. Techno is likely to be the order of the day as Neil graces the decks, so get your best dancing trainers on because you’ll be using your feet for a good old techno stomp. He’ll be joined by the inimitable French producer Stellar OM Source, who will be bringing her own brand of twisted electronics to the wheels.
Rob Hall will be making a return to the city (much to our delight, I’ll never forget his set at the only ever Warp NESH Party in about 2004) so there’s plenty to look forward to there. Also on the Friday roster we have Hiele, Hesska, Tony Loco, Breakwave, Miss Kendal, Nina Keh, and Tom Lye.
As if that isn’t enough (you might need two pairs of dancing trainers) Upitup have arranged a rather splendid second day of sonic uproar, on Saturday May 12th, at 2 pm. The venue is yet to be confirmed, although many of the artist aren’t – we have them right here! Proceedings will be overseen by the Upitup roster. Happy Shopper will be taking the lead following her Aisles of Smiles record, released via the imprint.
Also confirmed are Pierlo, Sertone, PP Roy, The Courier, Zombina, Jake D, Lupini, TKNKLDFKLTZ, Impurity, and the fantastically named The DJ Potato Donovan. Giovanna has also been added to the Saturday line-up. There will be food, drink, and music. Be there or don’t be a squarewave.
To think that the Upitup crew have managed to keep their free label running for 15 years is an outstanding feat of human endurance. We urge you to come and celebrate with them, and us, and look forward to 15 more years of outstanding sounds.