In honour of the closure of their spiritual home, the legendary heavyweights that are Louche are reuniting with the unassuming yet reputation deserving Mint Club. In another mournful blow for Leeds’ music venues, Mint Club announced that their intimate platform for showcasing an endless list of fantastic artists will close its doors for good in 2019. With Louche’s finger firmly on the pulse of the who’s who within the world of techno and house, and Mint Club as not only a venue but an institution, these two have played a central role in nurturing Leeds’ underground. With that being said, it is only fitting that the two join forces for a final time to see the venue off in the right way.
From being born from a supposedly one-off charity event in 2007 to joining the big leagues not just in the UK but in Europe as well, Louche’s back catalogue of guests at Mint Club alone spans the upper crust of majorly talented artists, featuring the likes of Move D, Steffi, Moodymann, Ben UFO and Fred P to name a few. At this point, the instantly recognisable Seth Troxler needs no introduction, yet it was back in October 2007 that the then fresh-faced Louche team debuted the even fresher-faced eighteen-year-old genius. The outrageously talented Nicolas Jaar is another now-huge name who sits among Louche’s most notable UK debuts. To say that Louche is forward thinking would be an understatement; their ear for a diverse range of on-point electronic music has paved the way for brands arising in their trail.
After seven years of a monthly residence at Mint Club, Louche shut up shop up North but continued to host parties and showcases in London’s eminent Fabric and Berlin’s esteemed Chalet. One of the guys behind the electronic powerhouse, Josh Tweek also now lives in Berlin, making up one of half of The Ghost, the DJ duo behind Berlin’s first mobile record shop. The Ghost will also be making an appearance at the Louche Reunion Party, along with the unparalleled Craig Richards and Gene on Earth.
Louche is also one of the biggest inspirations behind the creation of Flux. Around six years ago Flux and Louche teamed up for Flux’s first ever party at the beloved Beaver Works, followed by yearly room hosts at Louche’s terrace parties. Although the charm and charisma of Louche are missed terribly in Leeds by those who remember, this is somewhat outweighed by pride in their journey from humble origins to finding themselves as a hugely respected club night in Europe.
The return to Mint Club next weekend promises one more throw down for old times’ sake.