Over the past half decade, Freeze has steadily transformed itself from a night in the now defunct Lemon Lounge to a stalwart of Liverpool’s club scene. Like many others it came from humble beginnings, less a money-making venture, more mates playing records to their mates but through consistently excellent bookings and the creation of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, it has flourished into the type of appointment night every wannabe promoter dreams of.

Part of this success must be attributed to their unusual surroundings, whilst shiny new “seven star” clubs are housed in purpose built venues the Freeze guys decided to take their music underground. Literally. Staging their nights in the Williamson Tunnels for the last couple of years they’ve turned one of the city’s more mysterious tourist attractions into a monthly house music haven. For their next night they’re stepping it up a gear and heading for one of our most recognisable above-ground landmarks, the Anglican Cathedral – and, more specifically, it’s sunken ‘well’ (main pic, above).

The largest in the UK and one of the greatest religious spaces in the world, the Anglican Cathedral has survived two world wars and is rightly recognised as one of the city’s most important architectural treasures. But it would be fair to say, inside, the great space is more synonymous with soaring choirs and (massive) organ recitals than repetitive beats and crunching bass.

Not only is this the first time the Anglican Cathedral has played host to a dance event, it’s possibly the first time any cathedral has turned, temporarily from a house of God into a house of, er, house.

As Freeze knew, the DJs are essential if they’re to create the soundscape to match such a monumental venue, and momentous event. If God is, indeed, a DJ he’s gonna need some tough competition. So they’ve drafted in two of the best – tech house legend Danny Howells (who’s using the occasion to launch his Dig Deeper presents: Phase One album) and Hernan Cattaneo, internationally renowned progressive house superstar.

In addition , a series of workshops have been organised by Dig Deeper, Freeze and international music and technology college SAE. Focusing on DJing, music production and work within the music industry, these are designed to give something back to the local community, with the unemployed and school children being invited to attend.

We caught up with the brains behind Freeze, an enthused Rob Casson, who told SevenStreets: “We feel really privileged to be involved with the Cathedral, using the Tunnels was a great way of utilising Liverpool’s historic and cultural past but this is something else. It’s simply the most astounding building in the city, and without wanting to sound corny, it’s a dream come true being able to put the night on there,” Casson says.

“It’s also been fantastic to work with the team behind the Cathedral; they’ve been very supportive and open to our ideas and it’s reassuring to know that they are behind the event.”

“Danny and Hernan are exactly the right pair of DJs too. You can’t just rock up in somewhere like this and put on the latest fad, you need DJs who know what they’re doing, have a pedigree and a class about what they do and the music they put out there. When you think about it like that, they’re a natural choice.”

Dig Deeper presents: Phase One Album Launch, Saturday, April 2
Liverpool Cathedral Well from 7pm-12am and afterparty from 12-late.
For tickets and full details visit
www.clubfreeze.co.uk

Main pic: Mark McNulty

  • http://www.facebook.com/wingwalker.presents Wingwalker

    Amazing to see the Cathedral being used this way, very progressive.