In anticipation of his 2013 VIVa Warriors residency in Ibiza, the underground club with global ambitions Sankeys spoke to burn studios residency mentor Steve Lawler about his upcoming summer of parties after the success of 2012. Despite an undeniably busy year so far, not only welcoming a daughter into the world, but also taking the VIVa Warriors on tour globally, Lawler is as focussed as ever on bringing the highest quality event series to the party mecca he describes as his “second home”. Last year witnessed an incredible year for the VIVa Warriors series, as the party fast gained a reputation for consistently pumping parties and high quality “intelligent, underground house” (Mixmag), with a glowing commendation from Resident Advisor on their closing event: “it couldn’t have gone any better—a fantastic end to a strong first season”.
Lawler is naturally eager to set up camp again at Sankeys, where two of this year’s burn studios residency winners will also take residence this summer: ”the atmosphere and vibe we had—as everyone who was there knows—was incredible, and this kind of vibe doesn’t happen everywhere”. Going on to praise the venue as a club with which he identifies: “finally another underground alternative on a constantly evolving island.”
Lawler will be playing the first of three Sankeys opening parties alongside Nina Kraviz, Darius Syrossian and Jonathan Cowan on 23rd May, just before he joins burn studios residency for his masterclass session with our DJ finalists. See full information about the upcoming VIVa Warriors season on the Sankeys’ website.