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7 tracks that chart the history of Belfast party Twitch

Some of the tracks that have defined Belfast’s beloved Twitch parties.

Now entering its tenth year in operation, Twitch was started in 2006 when co-founders Chris, Phil and Paddy met whilst DJing in a field at the Home Made Jam festival in Armagh, Northern Ireland. Since then, Twitch has emerged as Belfast’s essential party for lovers of house, techno and disco, finding a home at the intimate Bunatee Bar, after a number of venue changes over the years.

They’ve welcomed everyone from Joy Orbison and Shed to Mister Saturday night and Soundstream, and have found vocal proponents in the form of Paul Woolford, Steffi, Virginia, and Levon Vincent, who’ve claimed the club nights are some of the best they’ve played at.

Ahead of Belfast’s AVA Festival and Conference – which approaches its third year with a lineup spanning Marcel Dettmann, Ben UFO, and Bicep – the team behind Twitch have treated us to seven defining tracks from the party’s history. Click on the track titles to hear them, and watch the accompanying videos of them action at some of Twitch’s electrifying nights.

Levon Vincent – Man Or Mistress

This might seem like an obvious choice, MOM is a modern day classic and has been causing mayhem on dance floors all over the world. But this was before it was released and, as you know, Levon doesn’t do promo so nobody had heard the track before. For it to cause that sort of reaction was a really special moment and it’s no wonder it became such a huge hit.

Steffi & Virginia – Yours

Every time these two play for us it’s something magical… the first time was downright bedlam. Steffi got on the mic a few times to whip the crowd up, there was a fight (the only one in 10 years) and she stopped the music to shout at them which the crowd just loved even more. Someone even through a bag of undisclosed white powder to them (which she threw back of course). They finished with ‘Yours’, and it was such a great way to finish an amazing night. People still talk about that one.

Soundstream – Tease Me

One of our favourite nights at Twitch. House, disco and techno like only Soundstream can do it. It was like a house party, just a perfect vibe all night.

Martyn & Four Tet – Glassbeadgames (8 Hours at Fabric Dub)

We are huge fans of local lads Bicep and they have been playing for us for years now. Every time they play it’s a raid block, people go crazy for them here, and for good reason. Last time they played they finished with this track and I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Dominica – Let you go

The Bicep guys had just started playing their own edit of this track, which got absolutely huge, but when Job Jobse played it, in a back to back with Joy Orbison, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reaction to a tune like that. Someone had lifted a bar stool up and it was “crowd surfing” across the room. Job killed the music for a few seconds while the crowd sang the chorus back at him.

Boddika & Joy Orbison – Mercy VIP

Ben UFO is responsible for some of the best sets I’ve ever experienced and every time he plays Twitch I am glued to the dance floor. The time he dropped the Mercy VIP is one of many standout moments.

Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts 3

The anticipation for this night was huge and as a result, the atmosphere was electric all night. We all know how good Danilo is behind the decks and he blew us all away that night. To have him in such a small room was a real treat too.

AVA Festival and Conference takes place at Titanic Docks, Belfast, June 2–3. Weekend festival tickets available for £60 here. The conference is free to attend.

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