Next year marks the 20th birthday of one of the United Kingdom’s most renowned club nights. Birthday celebrations for Bugged Out! will take place throughout 2014, kicking off with the third run of the Bugged Out! Weekender. Returning to its Northwestern roots, the festival taken place at Pontins resort in Southport, just North of Liverpool, 7-9 March 2014. Obvious globally celebrated DJ and live acts will be present with accommodation on site and there’s even mention of pool parties and ‘day-time activities’.
In 1994, Johnno Burgess and Paul Benney, founders of Jockey Slut magazine, created the club night, joining ranks with Andrew Spiro, owner of Manchester’s Sankeys Soap. On 25 November 1994, the first Bugged Out! took place at Sankeys (now shut to focus on other projects): a Warp Records night, LFO, Autechre and Mark Broom played to the people. The night and venue would go on to host early acts ranging from Daft Punk to Chemical Brothers. Bugged Out! then spent 5 years at Liverpool’s 3500 capacity Nation from 1998 prior to venturing South to take up residence in Fabric and The End. Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom have been blessed with Bugged Out! for nearly 20 years and now its time to commemorate the night, which has had such considerable influence on dance music today.
Early bird tickets for the Bugged Out Weekender 2014 are already on sale, priced at £129 pp (Popular Apartment), £139 pp (Classic Apartment), £149 pp (Club Apartment). So get your tickets pronto! Think of it as something to welcome you out of the coming winter months.