It’s always special when the circus comes to town, and Glasgow’s seasonal soiree, Sunday Circus, has been the hot ticket for 8 years now. Showcasing quality house and techno from some of the world’s finest DJs, the irregular but hugely popular party founded in 2007 has made use of some of Glasgow’s most unique venues, from the intimate confines of the original Courtyard to The Grand Ole Opry and Renfrew Ferry.
Of course, throwing parties in unusual locations doesn’t come without its challenges, exemplified by the original plans for Sunday Circus' 8th birthday celebrations this Sunday. Scheduled to take place at the Kelvingrove Bandstand and organised months in advance, the guys were extremely disappointed to learn that Glasgow Life had decided to cancel the event at the last minute due to noise complaints pertaining to recent gigs at the venue. Instead, the party will now take place at the equally magnificent Old Fruitmarket - a Merchant City market hall dating back to the 1800s - where we’ll be treated to a 3 hour set from Kompakt label-head, Michael Mayer, as well as live performances from Soma’s Petrichor and hotly-tipped experimentalists, Machines In Heaven.
Prior to this weekend’s party we asked Sunday Circus co-founders and residents, Dave Talbot and Tricky, to tell us about some of the most memorable events of the last 8 years; from midget zombies in Govan to Seth Troxler commandeering a barn-dance in Dunfermline…
ADAM SHELTON & SUBB-AN
The Courtyard, Sep 27th 2009
“First up is the beloved Courtyard. This is where it all started for Sunday Circus; a small understated bar in the city centre of Glasgow with an amazing courtyard space out the back surrounded by walls four stories high. It only held around 200 people so it was intimate and had an incredible atmosphere.
On this occasion we had Adam Shelton and Subb-an up to play, the founders of daytime party, Below in Birmingham. At the time Subb-an played mostly live; one of the highlights of the day was a hazy memory of him playing his remix of Kiki's ‘Good Voodoo’ and the place kicking off. It wasn't long after this that our parties at The Courtyard came to an end, but it was a special time and place to be part of. To sum it up we could borrow a quote: "there was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning…"
SUNDAY CIRCUS VS SENSU HALLOWEEN
Govan Town Hall, 30th Oct 2010
“We teamed up with our good friends at Sensu to throw a secret Halloween party in Govan Town Hall. We put a lot of effort into it, spending loads on production for a haunted house theme and hiring a team of actors and make up artists. We transported people from The Ivy to Govan to be met with a midget zombie at the door, and on entry 'dead' people sitting at dinner eating blood, guts and eyeballs. Inside there were zombies and more dead people rolling about on four-poster beds, plus loads of other props - it was insane, crazy fun. There is a very ‘scary’ video out there somewhere of lights up for the last tune, with a couple of hundred mad Glaswegians going mental in fancy dress...”
The Ark, 1st May 2011
“After losing our spiritual home at The Courtyard we were looking for options, and the outside terrace at The Ark was a great place for Sunday Circus. After two events in 2010 with Spencer Parker & Hector, we decided to use The Ark again and booked Sebo K for our opening party in 2011. His blend of tech house created the perfect groove for The Ark terrace, and tune after tune it was an amazing vibe. Also, the weather holding up perfectly was the icing on the cake - many folk still talk about that gig. Sebo has played for us a few times since and he always delivers such a great show; we'd love to have him back in the not too distant future.”
CRAIG RICHARDS & SETH TROXLER
The Barn Dance, 25th Sep 2011
“We teamed up with local legends Slam to bring two of the finest DJs to a barn out in the sticks somewhere near Dunfermline. We had booked Seth way back in 2008 for our winter gardens party, but an issue with his visa meant he couldn't' play. We had waited a long time for Seth and we were all excited about him playing, especially alongside the maestro himself, Craig Richards. The party was incredible and they both seemed to have as much fun playing as the crowd did dancing. Certainly one of the highlights in our party career.”
Sunday Circus celebrate their 8th birthday this Sunday at the Old Fruitmarket with Michael Mayer, Petrichor (live), Machines In Heaven and SC residents. Advance tickets are available from Tickets Scotland.
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