On this August bank holiday, something of a Leeds reunion is on the cards. One of Wire’s institutional club nights, Butter Side Up, has appeared on the calendars less frequently recently. Approaching its eighth birthday, its only natural that – as life happens – organising clubbing events on the scale of the early days is not possible.
However, the torch is still flaming, and pencilled in for the end of the month is a date with some close friends and family. The headline guests are the brains behind the world’s foremost (and potentially only) mobile record shop – The Ghost. Based in Berlin, The Ghost is set up in a Mercedes Camper van. The two owners – Josh Tweek and James Creed – pitch up at different spots in the city to sell their wide range of rare house, techno and electro. Keen Leeds clubbers will recognise Tweek’s name as the resident of Louche, Leeds’ premier house night of yesteryear.
Their store has quickly gained a cult following, with some of the minimal scene’s cognoscenti such as Nicholas Lutz and Zip rumoured to have arranged private digging sessions inside the crates. Tweek and Creed are also formidable DJs in their own right, with their broad spectrum of musical knowledge and countless hours spent record digging meaning that they can be trusted to draw for a range of previously uncovered, all-but-unShazamable magic.
Alongside The Ghost, there is a return to Wire for Hamish Cole, previously in charge of the club’s booking policy. Playing alongside him is Toby Nicholas, with whom he often shares a bill with at prestigious London clubs Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. The two are fresh off the back of an astonishingly well received appearance at Houghton Festival, which was said to have drawn a sizeable crowd, despite clashes with much more famous names on the bill. Rounding off the lineup are Gene on Earth and KRN, two Berlin based selectors whose obsessive digging will make them comfortably slot in to the Butter Side Up ethos, ensuring a night of fantastically obscure dance music for those who visit.