Quirky new club night puts audience centre stage in Leeds

Studio 24 at Mabgate in Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson.
Studio 24 at Mabgate in Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson.
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WHEN it comes to a night out in Leeds, we’re not exactly short of places to go.

The city centre caters for all occasions, from a quiet cocktail to a full-on club night.

But a new offering is about to add a new element to your usual night on the tiles.

Swarm is a new concept that is due to arrive in Leeds next month.

Blurring the lines between a club night and theatre, it asks audience members to help create the evening themselves.

Partygoers’ actions will affect where the night goes, from the music and lights on the dance floor to the prices of drinks on offer.

Leeds-based immersive theatre company Riptide is taking over Studio 24 to host the first event on May 4.

Producer Anna Turzynski said: “Leeds has never seen this kind of club before.

“Swarm is a new form of evening entertainment.

“Every evening is different as the show is animated by its audience members – it simply could not happen without them.

“Swarm is going to be very popular amongst students, culture vultures and independent drinkers in the city.

“In a society strapped to their smart phones, the promise of live encounter and interaction is definitely something to celebrate.”

Unusual events like these really make us feel that we have a shot at being crowned European Capital of Culture in 2023.

It’s certainly sparked our interest, and we’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store. For tickets, visit www.theriptide.co.uk/tickets/swarm.

David Rispin.

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