Whispers started to spread through Leeds a few months ago expressing how fed up the clubbing public were at the lack of selection when it comes to spaces in the city. In many ways, we are spoilt for choice. There are underground clubs, bars, warehouses, breweries, and mills being used for events. However, there was a distinct lack of bus stations. Finally, this plight is being quelled – and it may just help to put an end to those whispers, too.
The renovation of the historic building on Vicar Lane in the city centre, now blossoming into The Old Red Bus Station, is such a noble endeavour that it has made it into local news. But, as well as getting a pat on the back from the National Trust-inclined crowd, the project will surely garner a lot of interest from the underground music and arts scene in Leeds.
Champion Up North, a ‘multi-platform creative media brand’, have been restoring the venue, and have got its lease for five years – and they are wasted no time in getting things rolling.
Their first planned club night is being run by Less Is More, who return after a year long hiatus. Joining them is Boddika. He’s a regular collaborator with Joy O, and has released on Swamp 81, producing chunky, bass driven techno, house and acid. His own Nonplus label boasts a who’s-who roster of techno artists: Radio Slave, Robert Hood, Basic Soul Unit, Pearson Sound, Kassem Mosse and more. There are few more accomplished artists that the Bus Station could have grabbed for an opening venture.
Same goes for the second headliner, Simon Scott. He’s a Leeds legend, whose influence can be felt from here all the way to Croatia, where he masterminds the Dimensions and Outlook festivals. Closer to home, he runs one of our city’s unconditionally loved events: Sub Dub. He’s a real renaissance man of underground electronic music, encompassing its full range of sounds, all enshrined in his frighteningly comprehensive collection of wax.
Support comes from several well respected Leeds DJs and producers: Flux’s own Reuben, Solo (Studio Rockers), Kiri B2B Nab (Sounds of Sumo), John Stuckey (Just a Little / Auxillary), Cateran (Nightcap / Auxillary / Less is More), Will Berridge (Save You / Spinning Plates) and Ben Szalecki (Less is More).
If that takes your fancy, head to The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane on 11th March.
Tickets are available here.