King of underground music Carl Cox is coming to Belsonic

Following his sold out Shine @ Custom House Square show in August 2017, which sold out in a matter of hours of going on sale, Shine and Belsonic in association with Magners have announced the return of the '˜King' of Underground Music, Carl Cox for a very special show in summer 2018.

Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 9:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 9:56 am

On Saturday June 23. 2018 Carl Cox will headline a huge outdoor show at Belfast’s Ormeau Park with special guests, the biggest ever Irish headline Techno show to ever take place.

Alongside Carl will be some very special guests including close friend and Italian Techno maestro Joseph Capriati, 2017’s biggest new underground star Peggy Gou, plus local heroes Ejeca & Schmutz - promising to make for a very special night in Belfast.

A musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label owner, King of Ibiza – you name it, Carl’s been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life.

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It was at the age of 15 that Carl bought a set of turntables and began working as a mobile DJ. Disco was the first music that captivated him but by the early 80s Cox had moved on to playing the same music as other young London DJs – rare groove, New York hip-hop and electro. He was perfectly placed to hear Chicago house music in its earliest forms, and when the epic ‘Acid Trax’ by Phuture (a.k.a. DJ Pierre) came out in early ‘87.

“It was then that I thought, ‘This is it,’ says Carl. “I would do my parties, and I’d play old rare groove and hip hop and soul and I would say ‘Right you’ve got to hear this Phuture track’ and people would just stop and listen.”

As a founder of the sound, Carl rode the exploding British rave scene. He played the opening night of Danny Rampling’s legendary Shoom, co-promoted The Project with Paul Oakenfold, held a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton and at the Sunrise rave in 1988, hooked up a third turntable for his dawn-breaking set, got 15,000 people back on their feet, and established a personal rep for three-deck wizardry.

The next step was to make music, and Carl’s 1991 debut single for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, ‘I Want You,’ gave him a top 30 hit and a Top of the Pops appearance. Two more singles also made the charts. But Carl was a reluctant pop star and as the masses moved onto fluffy house and trance, and the hardcore created jungle, Cox retreated into the club world that had nurtured him, and instead embraced the underground sounds of techno. “Techno drives home somewhere,” he says of his core music. “It takes you to an element of surprise, not knowing where you’re going. It’s scary but wonderful at the same time.”

Tickets for the Belfast show, priced £32.50, go on sale on November 30 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketsmaster.ie.