Review: Freeze at Camp and Furnace

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Liverpool-based promoters Freeze have thrown parties in some of the most historically significant locations in Liverpool and this month they returned for another event of mammoth proportions.

From old school boozers to a former mining shaft, Freeze’s nomadic policy has allowed them to identify untapped urban spaces within Liverpool’s city centre and convert them into genuine venues for live music.

Their latest event, ‘The Bedrock Warehouse Party’ saw the event organisers relocate to Camp and Furnace, an industrial warehouse situated on the outskirts of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

Bedrock record label owner John Digweed took the headline slot in which he performed Balearic throbs of progressive house for his four hour extended set.

He told JMU Journalism: “I think what’s interesting about the Freeze guys is that they don’t really do club events, they try and find unique venues. Instead of using the same spaces week in week out, they find unusual locations and do these events as a one off, I think it resonates really well with the crowd.”

Freeze was established in October 2005 with its inaugural party taking place in the Lemon Lounge, a 180-capacity venue.

Since then, it has relocated to the Masque Theatre on Seel Street in 2007, the Williamson Tunnels, a former mining shaft in 2009 and Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in 2011 for the first dance music event of its kind in the city to be hosted in a functioning cathedral.

Freeze Promoter, Rob Carson told JMU Journalism: “We like to give people more of an experience, more of a night. Using the Camp and Furnace is the closest we’ve got the using a club in the past three or four years.”

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© Freeze

Around 1,400 people were in attendance as Leftfield, Friendly Fires and other local DJs performed across three rooms. Hacienda stalwart, Greg Wilson, played the bar area early on during the night and told JMU Journalism that this kind of club-night is just what Liverpool needed.

He said: “I started at 9 o’clock and the fact it was so full on at such an early hour, that’s really special, you don’t get very often anywhere.”

Freeze’s next forthcoming event is Luciano & Friends on June 22nd  and the venue is yet to be announced.

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