Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

New pitch for Twitch and Ibiza vibes hit the coast

Paul Woolford, Kelly's

It’s all happening in Belfast and Portrush this weekend as the cream of Ulster clubs launch their star-studded autumn line-ups in style. Patric Baird tunes inThe Potbelleez are live at Yello tomorrow night

Leading trance and techno DJ, broadcaster and producer, Stuart Millar at Traks tomorrow nightAfter two very successful years running their club night at Lavery's, the guys behind Twitch have decided to pick up their decks and walk down the road to Stiff Kitten to launch a brand new monthly residency.

Tomorrow night sees the dawn of a new era for the top-notch techno and house night which, in the past, has seen some cracking performances from international guest DJs including Perc, Marc Ashken and Tadeo.

With their second birthday approaching in October, expect to see the mother of all parties at their new home at Bankmore Square with some very special guests taking turns behind the decks.

Twitch's plans for the future include bringing over guests who haven't played the Stiff Kitten before, as well as showcasing the talents of some of the finest underground DJs from around Northern Ireland.

This Saturday's downtown debut is a strictly no-frills affair with sets by the resident Twitch trinity —Paddy Towe, Phil Lucas and Chris McGinn. Doors open 10pm, admission £8.

On the other side of town, The Warehouse club on Boucher Crescent continues to big up the local mixing maestros as Kaleida stage another monthly bash, dedicated to the sounds of the electronic underground.

This time round, it's the turn of Darren Allen to fill the headline slot tomorrow night, with the Kaleida regulars Cookie, Stephen Garrett and G-Love providing support.

Darren began his DJ career in 2002 and has been making guest appearances all over the country, as well as running his Micro Error night at The Dungloe Bar in Londonderry.

Over in Portrush, the recently-renamed Traks continues to make Saturday nights special in the seaside town, having just announced its autumn line-up of guests and events.

The new season's programme kicks off tomorrow night with guest mixer Stuart Millar, well known as one of Northern Ireland's leading trance and techno DJs, broadcaster and producer, back in the box.

In addition to having his music featured on radio stations across the globe, Stuart made his live BBC Radio 1 debut last month as a guest presenter on Rory McConnell's Wednesday night show.

In addition to co-producing a track with Judge Jules, many of Stuart's own tunes are available on various download sites and he was recently selected as a judge for one of the heats in the Corona Movida World DJ Mixing Champ contest.

Same night, same town but a totally different vibe as Paul Woolford, resident at Ibiza club night We Love Sundays, brings the launch tour for the album (named after his club night) to Lush at Kelly's.

Prepare for some massive Ibiza terrace moments and a few of Wooly's legendary big room edits, while Chemical Brothers tour DJ James Holroyd and resident Col Hamilton provide support.

Aussie/Irish dance act, The Potbelleez, will be making a live appearance at Club Mynt's late night beano, Yello, on Saturday, alongside Miniminds' Gary Dickenson and Arabica's Aaron Shim.

The four-piece house/electro act consists of two Dublin-born DJs and two Australian vocalists and their two singles, Don't Hold Back and Are You With Me, have been regular fixtures in the global dance charts.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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