The 18th birthday is the coming of age event. On our home turf in the UK it’s when you can legally buy yourself a drink, have your say in the merry-go-round of British politics and play your part in the criminal justice system on jury service. In fact, most societies around the world see their offspring as mature enough to leave their adolescence behind and become bonafide adults when they hit the magic number of 18.
Beyond the the context of human personal development, amidst our mass of bricks, sound systems and lasers we’re reaching this landmark age in October. Between now and 1999 there has been an epic amount of hard work, love, sweat, tears, support and campaigning that have brought us to where we are now. We’re all the more grateful to be here after missing our 17th birthday last year and are ready to make up for lost time at our 18th, washed down with a pitcher of gratitude.
Today we announce our line-up for the Saturday through Monday chapter of the 18th Birthday events. This year we have lined up a stellar troupe of artists who have been part of our story, that have helped build our heritage and define the sonic identity of our space for the whole 30 hour long celebration. And it feels that bit more special to be doing this at home, in EC1.
Our resident dons Craig Richards and Terry Francis will both be in the house for the celebrations as per tradition. Also performing will be the Chilean master of dancefloor dramatics Ricardo Villalobos, Romanian minimal figurehead Raresh, Nicolas Lutz with his rave washed blends, and one of our new regular faces Toi Toi founder Voigtmann. Covering the techno sphere of the party’s programming one of the UK’s most energetic and unrelenting artists Blawan will also be joining us along with the sub-aquatic timbres of Anthony Linell’s moniker Abdulla Rashim. Finally Jay Clarke - a talent on the rise who we’ve made a more regular fixture in Farringdon over the last year - will also perform.
Plus there will be more artists that are yet to be announced and FABRICLIVE as per will be hosting the Friday night section of the weekend. The line-up for that will be dropping next week with a full on drum and bass tear up guaranteed.