OUR HOUSE 5TH BIRTHDAY: MIDLAND

Half a decade of Our House parties have been good to Exeter.

The upcoming 5th Birthday event featuring Midland is preceded by its top five place in DJ Mag’s regional raves of the month. Ranked up next to Bristol’s Love Save the Day and Virgo Festival in Devon, Midland is a milestone booking for Exeter’s music standing in the West. Seventy-five shows later and the mantra of co-founders Sam MacLaren and Ben Smith remains unchanged; bringing down rising artists to play for a bunch of friends. Our House nights have contributed to the creative scene in Exeter beyond its growing list of big name bookings. The professionalism of Alex Bausire’s event artwork paint Our House nights with a near-cult image. His block graphics hold iconic status, lining the windows of Victoria Street and social media feeds every fortnight. The night itself retains this same attention to detail. Bouncing between Cavern Club, Move and Exeter Phoenix, Our House organisers adapt the same quality lighting and atmosphere they have built their reputation on over the last five years.

Co-owner Harry Fox and his team have pulled out the stops to manage timely bookings on a small budget over the last academic year. Claiming top place for the BBC Essential Mix of the Year 2016, Midland is set to be the highlight of the year on May 19th and a fitting end credit for the 2016-2017 team. Fox is quick to elaborate on Midland’s current hype as one one of the most popular acts around in the underground scene. His Graded and ReGraded labels have churned out successions of massive anthems. Voted Mixmag’s best track of the year, “Final Credits” was a frequent set-closer for a number of DJ’s last year. Fox anticipates a sneak preview of Midland’s working projects ahead of his set on Friday at Move.

Midland will be joining an impressive list of Our House accolades. Early beginnings remember sets from Doc Daneeka, Pedestrian, PBR Streetgang and Bohdi. Over a five-year period Our House has refined their style. As the first ever non-Detroit artist to be signed to Moodyman’s prestigious label Mahogani Music in 2014, Dan Shake announced his own brand new label weeks before his first Our House event in September 2015. Following major releases “Buy Yourself Some Friends” and acid number, “Claudia’s Trip”, Dan Shake regularly plays alongside Moodymann, Derrick Carter, Kyle Hall and more. Shake returned to the Our House stage at Hijacked Festival last year and tied up the weekend with an an incredible response to his headline set at Virgo Festival.

Later in 2015, Our House reeled in Shanti Celeste and Jasper James. A major player of the Idle Hands crew, Celeste headlined the Our House Brewery Party. Our House picked up Jasper James just after he had taken reign as debut resident at London’s Phonox, where he gained traction through his weekly all-night marathons. He has since headlined The Warehouse Project, Smartbar, DC-10 and Sub Club, and held his own during b2b sets with revered DJs such as Gerd Janson, Jackmaster and Craig Richards.

Shanti Celeste at Our House Brewery Party, 2015

Jasper James at Cavern, 2015

Glaswegian sensation Denis Sulta opened 2016 as a cornerstone in the Our House story. Sulta was a resident DJ at Edinburgh’s Fly Club when he came onto the Our House radar. Fox credits the Sulta booking as a huge success in the midst of the hype following his release of “It’s Only Real” on Jackmaster’s ‘Numbers’ label. By the time he played for Our House in February 2016, he had jumped to one of the most talked about names in underground house. The night sold out in less than thirty seconds and Fox recalls attendees trading tickets for up to £50! The year rolled on with Bwana and Cinnaman. As a Panorama Bar regular, Our House caught Bwana as an ascending face within the techno and house scene. The production of his track “Flute Dreams” on AUS Music has been compounded by a string of recent releases, including Dusky’s 17 Steps. Cinnaman culminated the Our House series playing alongside four artists from four different countries. As key member of Amsterdam’s Rush Hour DJ crew, Cinnaman has held residencies at legendary venues Club 11 and Trouw for the last eight years and is a Dekmental Festival Boiler Room regular. He now calls Amsterdam-based club De School his home where he reflects his eclectic style through the diversity of his guests. The Our House wall of fame extends to include sets from Medlar, Dixon Avenue, Basement Jams, Eliphino, Breach, Voyeur and Moxie.

Denis Sulta at Cavern, 2016

Cinnaman at Move, 2017

Our House occupies space in Exeter’s creative scene that stretch beyond the music. Supported by Exeter’s local and student DJ talent, the 5th birthday party celebrates half a decade of this sustained contribution. As a new generation of Our House is waved in, be sure to buy Harry Fox and this year’s team a beer on Friday. It has been an incredible year. Thank you!

Keep an eye out for Our House movements in London, with plans for hosted nights to be announced shortly.

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