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Liverpool brings clubbing back

3000 clubbers allowed on the dance-floor, for the first time since the pandemic began, without masks to take part in a research to safely open nightclubs.

Bramley Moor Dock Warehouse/Liverpool Echo News

Friday 30th of April was an emotional day indeed. All Liverpool’s region residents who grabbed their golden ticket to the warehouse event could mix and dance indoors to the tunes of Circus founder Yousef and special guests Sven Väth, The Blessed Madonna, Jayda G, Lauren Lo Sung and Lewis Boardman.

All ticket holders had to take a lateral flow test, which must return negative for entry to the event. Then send a second test result five days after the event, allowing the data to be recorded for research purposes. They will also be traceable in line with current regulations if necessary.

Talking to Mixmag ahead of the opening night, Yousef said “This is a moment where every record that I play, it’s gotta be emotionally charged or high energy, and it’s going to make people feel amazing. I just want people to kind of feel connected to one another this weekend and have that kind of original rave ethos where it’s inclusive.”

Sven Väth & Yousef

It seems ages since we witnessed a crowd celebrating in such joy, dancing, hugging, kissing and singing with a sense of liberation.

House DJ Jayda G “I went in, and I was like, oh my goodness, there are people, and they’re together, they’re dancing, and they’re smiling, and this is actually happening, you can feel it, like big energy”, said to the BBC.

DJ Marea Stamper, aka The Blessed Madonna, speaking to BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning, said there was incredible energy and that she felt proud to help create the protocols that could lead to the reopening of any events, not only big raves. In concluding, she also praised the UK government’s efforts in nurturing and supporting culture and the arts.

The atmosphere so far has been emotionally charged like no other; looking out across the crowds on Friday, all you could see were smiles far and wide and, of course, tears of joy. We’re only just catching our breath now.

This event will go down in UK dance music folklore, as Yousef has already confirmed it was “one of the greatest moments of my life.

Event-goers can expect more of the same on Saturday 1st of May with Fat Boy Slim, Enzo Siragusa, Hot Since 82, Heidi, Jaguar and James Organ joining Yousef and a special secret guest. These government event pilots have given the UK dance music faithful hope and a glimpse of what we can expect from 21st June. Get set for a historic return!

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