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Cardiff clubbing bastion SHANGRI-LA returns with 2022 opening party featuring DENIS SULTA
January 29 @ 16:00 – 23:59
Shangri-La are certainly one of Cardiff’s sturdier clubbing brands at the moment, although with hardly any competition that’s perhaps a contextual statement. Selling out Cardiff Castle back in August, just as such gatherings became legal, was no mean feat either way, and their 2022 Opening Party in main home Depot kicks off with a headliner, Glaswegian crowdpleaser Denis Sulta, who was actually booked for the Shangri-La Halloween sesh in this venue but had to postpone at short notice.
Sulta’s rise to prominence, with a strong profile across Europe and a 2019 debut album released on Ninja Tune, is not precisely rags to riches but involves legit graft. His mum is Muriel Gray, of The Tube/Glasgow School Of Art chairwoman-until-recently note, although how much leverage this gets you among Scottish rave doyens is another question. Early 12”s on the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label marked him out as a talented warper of soul lushness into dancefloor bombs, and this – along with his new romantic-ish dress sense – has made Sulta a cult figure with overground appeal. Ben Hemsley is the main DJ support for Shangri-La’s 2022 opener alongside Sulta, with more acts TBC.
words NOEL GARDNER
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