In terms of dance music, there aren’t many places in the UK with as rich a heritage as Liverpool. It’s given birth to some of the UKs most iconic club nights including Cream, Chibuku and Circus, and artists like Greg Wilson and Yousef. And its latest hometown hero is more than aware of the city’s dance music past.
“I’ve always been into house music,” says Lauren Lo Sung over the phone. “I’ve got a brother and sister who are 12 and 18 years older than me who were going to Cream from when I was born!”
Lauren grew up immersed in dance music culture. While most kids were interested in Pokémon cards and playing in the park, she was already besotted with house. She got her first set of “beginner decks” from her parents on her 11th birthday. Things got a bit more serious when she was at university in Manchester and got the chance to launch her own club night.
“My friend found a pub with a basement and they wanted someone to put on parties,” she says. “At first I was unsure, but eventually I just thought ‘fuck it’.”
LOLiFE was born, and after first attracting a crowd largely made up of uni pals, word spread and it became a must-do night in the city. While it’s pulled in some solid guests including No Artificial Colours and Jordan Peak, the main attraction is Lauren herself. She’s almost always on the bill, and now that she’s gathered some speed with a sound that blends shoulder-rolling groove with bumping, pumping percussion, it’s clear to see why people have been flocking there.