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Liverpool Electronic Music Travel Guide by The One

Liverpool is a real music city. Designated as a UNESCO City of Music in 2015, it’s not only the birthplace of the Beatles, but has a flourishing electronic music scene. Artists, clubs and festivals are working hand-in-hand in the city located at the Irish Sea. The team behind ‘The One in the Woods’ festival revealed their favourite spots within the city for us. In their Liverpool Electronic Music Guide they are highlighting the best clubs, restaurants, bars & hangout spots and talk about their festival.

The guest authors for this article are Dave, Franco, Jordan, Mike and Oli of The One. The team behind The One are set to debut their The One in the Woods weekend this July. An electronic music festival, set 20 minutes outside of Liverpool within what they call a woodland not far away, where another world lies waiting to be discovered. Over 60 DJs and 3 stages The One are bringing both international and local artists together for one weekend of up front electronic Techno, Drum & Bass and House music. It includes the likes of Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Nastia, Sub Focus, Friction, Dj Marky, Bontan, Melé and so much more.
For this guide we wanted to start off by highlighting our favourite clubs within the city.
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Liverpool’s Techno Club: Invisible Wind Factory

Known to host some of the most sought after live events in the city, a true hangout for independent music events. A space for the creation, fabrication and construction of arts, events, and everything else from creators of ‘The Kazimier Garden’. These guys really do know how to put on a party. IWF are set to curate the Techno stage at ‘The One in the Woods’ using their top notch expertise to bring some of their magic to the woods.

Live Venue for Music & Exhibitions in Liverpool: North Shore Troubadour

Established as part of NST Productions, a two room dance and live music venue is an innovative space with a nautical theme. Every weekend and often through the week the venue spaces come alive with gigs, dance nights and exhibitions. Perfectly designed to put on an after party for ‘The One in the Woods’.

Creative Hub in Liverpool: Camp & Furnace

Camp & Furnace is a hub in the centre of the Baltic Triangle. From club nights, food festivals and live music events, to exhibitions, installations and corporate functions, C&F have mastered the mix of industrial and rustic, to create a completely unique customer experience, no matter the event. This venue is close to our hearts as it was set to host our launch event pre Covid, and one that we will be revisiting soon.

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Credit: Invisible Wind Factory Facebook Page

Aside from the famous clubs, we wanted to give you an insight into where you might find us hanging out.

The Ropewalks – one of Liverpool’s most exciting districts

Ropewalks is without a doubt one of Liverpool’s most exciting districts, and one that we enjoy visiting on a regular basis. Having worked in the area, we know it well. The district includes Chinatown and the area around Hanover Street, you have a great choice of pubs, bars, restaurants, and all manner of shopping outlets from independents on Bold Street to the brands at Liverpool One.

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Our top picks in the area:

La Finca Eivissa. La Finca Eivissa brings the spirit of Ibiza and the Balearic Islands to Liverpool, offering delightful fusion tapas in a laid-back atmosphere. In the bar areas, you can enjoy drinks and casual tapas dining, or take a seat in their stunning attic restaurant. In the three-story bohemian hideaway, sample delightful drinks, beers, Spanish wines, and Sangrias.

Salt Dog Slims. Easily one of the best spots in town. Salt Dog Slims is located on Seel Street in the heart of the city’s nightlife districts and offers guests eclectic cocktails, NYC-style hot-dogs and massive German steins. Such a vibe!

Castle Street – one of Liverpool’s most famous avenues

Castle Street is one of the city’s most famous avenues located in its vibrant business district and rich in architectural history. It runs from the Queen Victoria Monument on James Street to the spectacular Georgian Liverpool Town Hall. Boasting a major food and drink scene that complements the city’s rich past. Castle Street is the ideal spot to grab a bite to eat with it being only a short walk from the Pier Head.

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Our top picks in the area:

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza. Nominated as the 10th best pizza place in the world, it’s hard not to include this amazing restaurant offering the best pizza’s in town. One of the only places that keeps us coming back for more, especially after a few beers. Everything about this place is great, wicked food, friendly staff with a cool atmosphere, it’s a must visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Castle St Townhouse. From sunrise to sunset, Castle St Townhouse is the city’s favourite all-day dining and drinking spot. Offering good quality food and great service, expect to see live musician throughout the day. They’re playing upbeat music to the sitting guest on the terrace area outfront.

Berry Street – a Liverpool’s Favourite for Nightlife

When it comes to the city centre of Liverpool, there are a few streets that always seem to stand out. Berry Street, a long-time Liverpool favourite when it comes to nightlife and has become a true institution. Keep your eyes peeled for Banksy’s Rat.

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Our top picks in the area:

Berry & Rye. A Liverpool cocktail and prohibition-themed bar that has been uniquely designed. This spot is easy to miss, but once you find it, you’ll find a bar packed with jazz, blues, and more gin cocktails than you can shake a stick at. If you’re planning on visiting for a special occasion, make sure you pencil this in. It’s a cool, relaxed, elegant, and comfortable venue.

Mojo Bar. Long Standing MOJO provides a slick, high-octane experience with welcoming, bar staff. A cool combination of a New York City dive style decor with a range of liquor and Rock n’ Roll from over the decades. MOJO has definitely won its stripes for us as one of Liverpool’s best party venues.

The Baltic Triangle – Liverpool’s alternative to Shoreditch

The Baltic district is Liverpool’s alternative to Shoreditch. Full of creative hubs, up and coming startup companies, art installations, bars, cafes and of course the graffield skatepark. Quickly becoming one of the trendiest areas in Liverpool City Centre the Baltic Triangle is primed for a day out.

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Our top picks in the area:

The Baltic Market at Cains Brewery, where you will find an ever changing supply of food vendors, local ales and Live music, coupled up with great company, this is a go to spot when planning your weekend in Liverpool.

Love Lane Brewery. It’s set within a beautiful old warehouse showing off its gleaming stainless steel brewing vats. A bar stocked full of Higson’s ales, fridges full of their own Love Lane Beers and Gins produced on the premises. This hideout is one we highly recommend.

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About ‘The One’ – words by Oli

The One Promotions was formed at the start of 2020 with the vision of creating unique experiences by bringing together both international and local artists within the Drum & Bass and Techno scenes for one event. Behind The One Promotions are 5 friends; David, Franco, Jordan, Mike and me, Oli. David was the driving force behind this new venture, having been part of the scene himself putting on large Drum and Bass events under the ‘Oh My God’ banner in the early noughties, showcasing what became and now we are some of the world’s leading acts within the genre. Jordan and I went to university together. We have worked with Franco for over 5 years within the property investment sector and Mike within the construction industry. 

The One Recordings

As part of this journey, we formed The One Recordings which acts as our in house record label. Our first release from our competition winner at the time was from Karistocat which was remixed by one of the pioneers of Drum & Bass, Blame. Upon release, it was instantly picked up by some of the leading DJ’s and featured on the René LaVice show for BBC 1 Extra. Since then we have had a number of other releases with some really exciting stuff in the pipeline for 2021.

The Festival

Fast forward through Covid-19. Having been forced to postpone the launch event, we took this as an opportunity to expand. Knowing the need for outside events would arise as a result of this, we proceeded to secure an exclusive, newly licensed site in a woodland just outside of Liverpool city centre. With this expansion we felt the need to bring House music into the venture, rounding off the experience for our customers. Having worked closely with Viper Recordings for the Drum & Bass, we wanted to similarly bring in a local but internationally recognised brand for the House music. Therefore the collaboration with Bontan’s new brand ‘We Belong’ seemed a perfect fit. We are extremely excited to bring our brand to the forefront of the small festival scene with plans in place with some equally as exciting venues across the UK.
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