London’s limited-time club space The Cause will celebrate its first and only birthday on Sunday, May 26th. The line-up for the party dubbed ‘XXX’ will feature residents from the club’s key parties, Adonis, Tribes, Syzygy and The Model, plus 12 artists billed as ‘XXX’ and one announced headliner, Amsterdam duo Spokenn AKA Ferro & Reiss.
The Cause’s co-founder Eugene Wild said: “There’s a whole load of reasons as to why we’ve kept this under wraps. Primarily we’re 100% DIY. We do most things ourselves at the club, with a very small team. Dealing with the logistics of flights, hotels, ground transport on our birthday isn’t ideal, we’d rather be on the dancefloor with our phones off, lost in the moment of what we have built, celebrating our birthday, on our terms.
“Keeping headliners under wraps also gives us flexibility. We are a small independent venue and there is no way we can afford to stack the line-up like we have. There’s a lot of amazing artists playing within a 50 mile radius of our space, so we can save costs, save logistics and stack the line-up. Flights from Chicago, Romania and Germany aren’t cheap.”
He added: “We hope this model will keep us financially stable during our final furlong. We’re due to close in January. If in the unlikely event we last longer, we will be running on very minimal notice, unable to book headliners months in advance. We hope this show will lay the foundations for the end of our first chapter, however prolonged this may or may not be.”
Future XXX shows will offer peak time slots to local talent, bring back favourites that can be relied on and keep talent to those that really want to play. The Cause hopes anonymity will allow them to book a wider range of artists without falling into brackets, exposing new sounds, educating dancers and giving new experiences.
Meanwhile, since its launch in May last year, the venue has raised £20,000 for its charity partners CALM and MIND in Haringey making it just shy of its £25,000 target. As a result, The Cause has been granted a license extension to January 2020.
The next few months will see Lil Louis, Patrice Baumel, Michael Mayer, Nicolas Lutz, Priku, Zenker Brothers, Terrence Fixmer, Lakuti, Ion Ludwig and a:rpia:r get behind the decks.
For tickets and details go to supportthecause.co.uk.