Mama Group take over The Masque

Some great news for the city of Liverpool. The Masque, which has been shrouded in uncertainty since its closure towards the end of last year, has now officially been taken over by the MAMA group who have a cracking track record in revitalising troubled but special venues. Ticket links for Circus is here and Chibuku here; and the official blurb is as follows…

Following a long 12 months since the demise of the previous operating company, promoters Chibuku and Circus can finally proudly announce that a major deal has been completed regards the Masque venue sealing its long term future in the city. On December 9th the promoters of both clubs will handover the premises to a new partnership with the MAMA Group, for immediate commencement of an amazing renovation programme. MAMA Group are owners of major live venues including London Forum, Jazz Café and Ritz Manchester and leading UK festivals including Global Gathering, Lovebox, Wilderness festivals and many more.

Richard McGinnis explains that, “We have worked tirelessly every day since The Masque closed to bring the right deal to the table and make the venue everything it should have been. We are hitting our 13th year in The Masque next year, and finally we will be able to bring together all the great promoters in the city in a venue which Liverpool will be proud of. We have worked with MAMA in various forms over the last ten years and their success in transforming the iconic Manchester Ritz really was the trigger for us. Liverpool for too long has been second best for touring live acts and right now needs a venue of merit for local bands to aspire to play in. We are going to create that venue. We have had a few close calls and a few false starts in getting this deal across the line, so I’m over the moon finally we can announce it to everyone. We need to take time to thank Tony Mutch and Tony Rothwell, the freeholders for their incredible patience, vision and support over the last year. Without them the city would have lost this incredible space.”

As part of this amazing news for Liverpool, two of its most revered clubs, Circus and Chibuku, have announced their final parties taking place across the remainder of December. Both clubs are crowning momentous years, with Yousef’s Circus reaching its X anniversary in September, and Chibuku continuing its vibrantly eclectic template. The action moves across town, from The Masque to The Camp and Furnace, utilising two of the city’s most iconic venues.

Yousef’s Circus ends 2012 with its annual Boxing Day bonanza, as a riotous ensemble of house and techno stars grace Liverpool. 2012 has been an extra special year for all involved at the club, which celebrated its 10th X anniversary in September, capping an epoch-breaking decade in dance music. Yousef has enjoyed a meteoric 12 months too, including his recent Essential Mix on Radio 1 and touring the world to some of its finest clubs.

Taking place at the Camp and Furnace, Circus’ Boxing Day party features sets from some of the club’s favourite performers, including Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Heidi and a debut from Hotflush’s Scuba. And of course don’t forget Yousef himself, who after his spectacular year will be showing why he is one of the planet’s most in-demand DJs. This promises to be an epic festive Circussession.

It has been another remarkable year for Chibuku too, with a series of brilliantly eclectic shows keeping the club right at the fore of electronic music culture, with two final shows in 2012. Saturday December 8th sees the club sign off from The Masque until the New Year, with headliners Chase and Status, arguably the UK’s biggest crossover dance act. They have maintained the independent creative kudos and continue to dominate the scene; their birth in drum and bass has evolved to a wider-ranging stylistic template, which sees them revered as both champions elect and champions for everything that’s great in electronica. Huge support comes from Friction, Dillinja, justin Robertson, True Tiger and more.

And finally, Chibuku are also very pleased to announce they are also returning to the stunning city-centre space for their annual NYE bash, at the Camp and Furnace tucked away in the Jamaica Street area of Liverpool. It’s an evocative and breath-taking venue, a true warehouse environment, which will host several huge guests including 2manyDJs, DJ Fresh, Redlight and Dread, Subfocus, Rudimental, and Futurebound & Matrix, continuing a new direction in bringing global stars to Liverpool club to spectacularly conclude the year.