King of Techno CARL COX set to play The Telegraph Building, Belfast this summer

King of Techno CARL COX set to play The Telegraph Building, Belfast this summer

Following two monumental sell out outdoor festival shows at Belsonic and Custom House Square in Belfast over the past few years, SHINE are proud to announce the return of the undisputed ‘King of Techno’ CARL COX, for a very special 3 hour set at The Telegraph Building this summer!

Joining him for this relatively intimate show by Carl’s standards is MATADOR, the alias for Dublin born Techno producer Gavin Lynch whose infamous live shows are both innovative and explosive. He makes a long overdue return to SHINE having last played for us very early in his career at The Stiff Kitten! SHINE residents PSYCATRON & SCHMUTZ get in on the action across both rooms.

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.”



Gates 9pm / Last entry 12am

Limited Early Bird tickets £34.50+bf / GA – £39.50+bf

Tickets on sale general sale NOW –, & Resident Advisor – Hard copy from Katy’s Bar with no booking fee.

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