A Love Letter to... 24 Kitchen Street
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In a climate where a third of venues are struck with property development and noise complaint issues, it's becoming increasingly important for the development and support of independent venues.
24 Kitchen Street by Samantha Milligan Photography
Liverpool is synonymous with a band referred to as the 'Fab Four' - you might have heard of this small band, The Beatles? The city is adorned with tourist attractions in homage to a cultural movement from over 50 years ago, which has often seen it's burgeoning music scene ignored by passive listeners. With the closure of many city centre venues such as The Magnet, Buyers Club and The Kazimier in recent years, there signifies a pressure on the city's independent venues. In response, promoters have moved outwards to the Baltic Triangle area with the renovation of its warehouses into independent venues, bars, cafes and recording studios. The glittering disco ball of the 400-capacity 24 Kitchen Street is the shining star of independent spaces.
Its beauty is its simplicity - with the installation of a single giant disco ball, a bar full of Red Stripe, and white-washed brick walls. The decor gives little away, providing a blank canvas for acts to paint upon the minds of their audiences. The small, levelled dance floor creates an unparalleled intimacy between artist and audience - artists such as Grammy nominee SOPHIE was able to provide an invigorating live show back in September. In its dinginess lies a feeling of primal instinct, where all pretence is lost for the next couple of hours, and you're simply immersed in music translated through one of the city’s best sound systems. It wouldn’t be a Kitchen Street club night without finding some wisdom in the graffiti emblazoned toilets, in a 3am drunken slump.
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The coming months see Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, English techno DJ and producer Objekt and even an ABBA club night. Whatever type of night out you’re looking for, browse through Kitchen Street's Facebook events and there will be something that makes you click the ‘Interested’ button, that's for sure. And maybe, you