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Newcastle events brand and label celebrates 14th birthday

Ape-X have various parties planned to celebrate the occasion

  • Niamh Ingram
  • 22 January 2022
Newcastle events brand and label celebrates 14th birthday

Newcastle-based events brand and record label, Ape-X, has announced its schedule of parties until March.

The first official birthday party took place yesterday, hosting Sweely, Berlin’s The Ghost and Instinct.

Part two takes place a week today - January 29 - with a line-up including Saoirse, LSDXOXO and India Jordan.

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Ape-X has also announced that Mixmag cover star VTSS will be playing a party on February 18, alongside its own residents. All of the brand’s events will be hosted at club World Headquarters - a black-owned venue since 1993, and one of Mixmag's listed clubs you need to rave at in 2022.

A keen advocate for pushing the North-East underground scene, Day tells Mixmag: "It feels like everything has come a long way since we printed our first flyer in 2008. Our party and the North-East music scene have grown exponentially, with some unforgettable moments along the way.”

“My current focus post-lockdown is to help rebuild a niche music scene that reflects the local community around us and isn’t just a collection of white, middle-class males with greater access to opportunity and who have fewer boundaries to success in both life and music."

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Ape-X’s parties have welcomed DJs such as Amelie Lens, Skream, Sherelle, Objekt and Charlotte de Witte to the North East, whilst giving names such as Robert Hood, Eris Drew and Alexis their first gigs in the North.

The brand prides themselves on equality - it boasts an even gender split within its residents, and are consciously aware of diversity and intersectionality, with one resident recently exploring this for Ape-X’s blog.

2019 saw the launch of Ape-X records, too: a North-East centric record label with the offering of a platform for local talent to share their music with the world. The label encourages remixes, and has seen names such as ASQUITH and 1-800 girls provide these.

You can grab tickets for part 2 of Ape-X’s birthday celebrations with Saoirse and LSDXOXO - click here.

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Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter

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