Dry-January is a welcome addition to the cultural calendar as we take a well-deserved break from the excesses of the festive period. However, the days of our self-imposed prohibition are numbered as we look towards the horizon of a new month and yearn for the good times.
After, super-food smoothies, kale salads and gym-related hand calluses, February is the long-awaited coming out party. So, despair no more, for we have a comprehensive guide to all of the most exciting events happening this February right here in the Baltic Triangle.
Camp & Furnace | Whitney Houston | The Late Wake Club | 1st February
The Late Wake Club return to Camp & Furnace for their hugely popular Whitney Houston tribute night. The whole occasion is dedicated to celebrating the life and music of one of the most influential pop artists of the twentieth century. Expect every one of Whitney’s biggest hits and all performed by a live vocalist. There will be a glitter make up station, a book of condolences for fans to leave messages and the whole venue will be strewn with real red roses. This promises to be the perfect night to shake away those cobwebs, get your dancing shoes on and have a sing song into the bargain. Details here.
District | Lee Butler | ‘Back to my Roots’ Over 30s Rave | 2nd February
For all those in the full grip of proper adulthood (but still young at heart!) Radio City DJ, Lee Butler presents ‘Back to my Roots’ – a classic club night specifically targeted at the over 30s brigade. This will be the start of a brand-new series of intimate events for over 30s where a gathering of like-minded clubbers can rave in harmony as they take over District & Yard for a night of the very best house classics. There will be big pianos, big vocals and screaming acid riffs – as well those gems you don’t get to hear that often! There will be a strictly over 30s policy and (as the saying goes) if you’re lucky enough to look younger then ID will be required! Details here.
Camp & Furnace | Bongo’s Bingo | 7th February
2018 was another huge year for the team behind Bongo’s Bingo culminating in the wonderfully surreal appearance of Jeremy Corbyn calling out the numbers. There’s no reason to expect 2019 to be any less insane.
Thursday night Bongo’s Bingo has become a staple of the Baltic Triangle in recent years and the mid-week raucousness starts up 7th February. Expect the usual combination of fiercely contested bingo, crazy prizes and surprises, whole-hearted sing-a-longs and live entertainment from the best dancers in the business. Brush up on the catchphrases and bring your lucky rabbit’s foot because it could be your turn to go home with a giant cuddly unicorn! Details here.
Hinterlands | HALCYON | Boxia | 8th February
Hinterlands debuts an all-night club event in collaboration with innovative techno promotors, HALCYON and a box office performance from DJ Boxia. Lose yourself in their blacked-out Eclipse Room with one of the UK’s finest exports of the Drumcode label. His growing reputation for crafting beautiful, nuanced and ultimately very powerful electronic music is driven by his understanding of the dancefloor as a DJ, producer and raver. HALCYON’s raw and minimalistic warehouse parties have become the stuff of legend and the space at Hinterlands is ideal to dance like no one’s looking. Details here.
TUSK | Doggy Social
‘A dog is not just for Christmas’ is a phrase you always hear at this time of year – well, almost! Regardless, it’s important to realise that’s it’s not just you who needs to blow off some steam – think about your four-legged BFFs and their need to party.
Well, you’re in luck because Tusk are putting on a Doggy Social. This will be a chance for dogs and their owners/housemates to get together on a lazy Sunday afternoon, catch up after the festive period and try some Tusk’s legendary Doggy Beer (with assorted doggy snacks). Tickets are absolutely free and going fast so be sure to book quickly! Details here.
24 Kitchen Street | Sonic Yootha | ‘My Bloody Valentine’ | 9th February
Sonic Yootha have been credited with (amongst other things) transforming Liverpool’s Gay scene with their unique and heavenly anarchic monthly social at 24 Kitchen Street. This night is strictly for everyone or (as the tag line goes) ‘homos, heteros, drag shows & don’t knows’. This is one of the outstanding club nights in the city and a true highlight in the Baltic Triangle’s social calendar. The music is always great with new wave, old rave, disco, electro, rock, pop and soul all thrown out in search of those waiting to throttle the dance floor. This will be packed to the rafters so plan ahead and get there early! Details here.
Hobo Kiosk | Pie Club | 11th February
Now that you’ve spent a month eating healthily and completing your online gym membership, it’s time to indulge yourself a little. Hobo Kiosk have just the thing as they invite their special friends to kick off their first ‘Pie Club’ of 2019. This is a monthly event and the premise is very simple; bring pies, eat pies, drink beer. There will be a mouth-watering selection of every conceivable pie and all washed down with Hobo’s fantastic range of craft beers. There’s also a quiz to be had and prizes to be won. For those that already know, Pie Club is a unique and essential night and for those that don’t, you’re advised to go down and see what all the fuss is about. Details here.
24 Kitchen Street | Queen Night | 80’s Vice City | 14th February
Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy? Yes, it’s real and yes, it’s a fantasy night as 80’s Vice City brings ‘Queen Night’ to 24 Kitchen Street. If you’re looking for a way out of the set menu deal at Bella Pasta and an alternative way to spend Valentine’s day, then this could be the night for you. Couples, singles, waifs and strays are all welcome and what better way to spend an evening than in homage to the talents of Freddie et.al. There will also be a smattering of the other classics of the era; think Bee Gees, Boney M, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Madonna, Bowie, Blondie, Elton John and Saturday Night Fever. Details here.
Constellations | Mad Hatter’s Mansion | Good Life Liverpool | 15th February
For anyone who has experienced a Good Life Liverpool event, it’s common knowledge that you get plenty of bang for your buck. Their Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s party has all the hallmarks of an extraordinary night’s entertainment. The venue will be turned upside down to create a magical underworld consisting and located at their Mad Hatter’s Mansion. Follow this hedonistic crew back down the rabbit hole into a world where everything and nothing makes sense. Believe us, there’ll be no regretting it. There’s also live music from the engineer of upbeat, feel good house music, Elliot Adamson. This is an event not to be missed. Details here.
Hangar 34 | Free Warehouse Rave | 16th February
‘Another night of dancing?’ you say? Yes! We should always be dancing! Also, what’s better than a warehouse party on a Saturday night? A FREE warehouse party on a Saturday night! Well, you’re truly blessed because this is exactly what Hangar 34 are putting on 16th February. Collaborating with Raw Liverpool and live music from DJ Notion (one of the breakout DJs of 2018), prepare yourself for a night of house, D’n’B and garage chooooons! Raw Liverpool are known for their huge festival style production and gargantuan sound system, colourful visuals and sets from the biggest names around. Details here.
On Air | Parrjazz | Adrian Cox and Profoundly Blue | 21st February
For a change of pace and a let up from all of the dancing we’ve recommended, check out a bit of live jazz down at On Air. Parrjazz are presenting a highly-acclaimed concert celebrating the traditional hot jazz music of Louisiana-born clarinettist Edmond Hall. The show features leading UK clarinet star and British Jazz Award nominee, Adrian Cox as well as Profoundly Blue – a name derived from the 1941 hit album which featured Hall, along with Meade Lux Lewis and Charlie Christian. However, this is not just a night for jazz aficionados (although they will certainly be catered for). Instead, this is a great night of live music from a collection of highly talented musicians and who doesn’t like that! Details here.
District | International Teachers of Pop | 23rd February
Created after a telephone request from Jarvis Cocker, the uniquely anarchic and ingenious pop creations of International Teachers of Pop are on their way to Liverpool to educate the good people of District. ITOP are the brainchild of Synth adventurers, Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer from Eccentronic Research Council and breakout act of 2018, The Moonlandingz. They are wonderfully accompanied by Leonore Wheatley from Nottingham psych groovers, The Soundcarriers. The promise of mind-bending, cosmic pop noise is guaranteed so be ready to receive your lessons in throbbing satire, jerking disco and swoonsome grooves.
This is another great coup for Harvest Sun Promotions who continue to bring the very best acts to the city. This outfit (and their various incarnations) are beloved by all and anyone – including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Maxine Peake and (of course) the aforementioned Jarvis. Trust in them and you shall be rewarded. Tickets selling like vegan sausage rolls so act accordingly! Details here.