2018 has been a turbulent year, to say the least. For many Leeds residents, however, one of the most devastating losses that this year has thrown at us is the announced closure of Canal Mills. For the past six years, Canal Mills has been an integral part of Leeds’ music, arts and food scene. Due to redevelopment, the reign of Canal Mills will reach a conclusion in June 2019. And what better way to see out this past year and wave goodbye to one of the most popular club destinations that the city has to offer than a final New Years Day party joined by some of the best names to grace its industrial walls.
To mark such an end of an era, three rooms will play host to a legendary lineup. First of which is the ever-changing electronic artist, Maceo Plex playing in the brand new, never before used space, the Hangar Warehouse. Over the course of his near two-decade career Eric Estornel has adopted multiple guises. After making bold electro as Mariel Ito and mechanised techno as Maetrik throughout the ’00s, Estornel made a name for himself as Maceo Plex at the end of the decade with a more summery house style. With his latest album release, Solar, Plex again disconnects from his past house incarnation and returns with sudden, intense beats and sweeping synths. Whichever alias Maceo Plex adopts, it is unsurprising that his ability to span genres almost effortlessly has helped him to become one of the world’s biggest DJs.
Joining Maceo Plex in the Hangar Warehouse is the powerful Daniel Avery. Avery’s latest album, Song For Alpha, documents the artist’s evident love of deep and ambient techno. Whereas Avery’s immensely popular 2013 album Drone Logic saw forward momentum and big riffs, its successor appears more similar to unrestrictive gravity, with diffuse chords and circular acid house 303 synths which strike an intense resemblance to the work of electronica household names such as Autechre and Aphex Twin.
In Room 1 you’ll find Hot Chip Megamix, a new production concept from British electropop’s Hot Chip. Such a venture showcases versatility in the booth which has become the band’s hallmark. The new format allows for the unexpected, with the band opening up the record bag whilst integrating live electronic elements such as 808 drums and TB303. Hot Chip is a band that truly encapsulates the spirit of the festival season, promising an improvised sonic experience.
It’s a Friends & Family affair in Room 2 with Leeds champions Denney, PBR Streetgang and Ralph Lawson all in attendance within an intimate setting. With all three heavily influenced by and also influential on the incredible city of Leeds, it is only right that they provide the soundtrack to the final New Years day party.
Although Canal Mills have announced an extension of their lease which allows for events to be held in the space until summer, this will be the last ever legendary News Years Day party to be hosted at the venue.