Leeds’s clubbing scene goes back to basics

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The Leeds scene has gone Back2Basics with the re-launch of a club night with a difference.

There is not much that music promoter Dave Beer does not know about clubbing – and what he does know he brought to Leeds at the weekend.

After looking for another venue for the legendary nights, which he started 25 years ago, he has teamed up with some of the country’s best known promoters to kit out and convert an old chapel on Woodhouse Lane which will be known as The Church.

He is working with Aaron Mellor of Tokyo Industries, the firm which has brought about the return of The Townhouse to Leeds, and Peter Hook of New Order.

The duo, together own Manchester’s Factory Records and the legendary Hacienda club and have made Dave the creative director of The Church.

The first night, ‘Back2Basics: The Resurrection, was held on Saturday night from 10pm until the early hours.

The line up included Damian Lazarus from Crosstown Rebels, Ralph Lawson, James Holroyd and the man himself, Dave Beer.

Once the main line-up finished there was an after party in the chapel from 3am onwards.

Speaking exclusively to City Buzz, Dave said: “I have always been around but looking for the last few years for a venue that is unlike any other. This is the first of its kind that I know of world-wide that will not just be a night-club.

“The whole aim is to give something back to the community that has treated me so well over 25 years. It is fitting that we do something for the next generation.

“The most exciting part of it is doing what we do best and putting on a good show.”

In addition to the music element, the place will be open during the week with street food type stalls, a place that young people can go and art and creative spaces.

Dave added: “This will not just be a nightclub but a fully creative space and because it is a church it is open to everyone. It is a garage venue, night club, restaurant and drop in centre for young people.”

Moving away from what Dave calls “blueprint” clubs, nights out at The Church will be without the stress, hype and pressure of some city nights out.

He added: “It is not just Leeds, it is all over the country. Nightclubs have become quite blueprint so this is fresh and new and for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“It is going to be like clubs used to be, an underground experience and place where people can remove themselves from everyday stress.

“Night out are expensive and its adds to the pressure.”

The underground club night in the past has seen Dave discover acts such as Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada.

He hopes to re-create that scope to bring on new artists but says nights out in Leeds are incomparable.

He said: “When I started the whole of Briggate carried on from Malmaison to the Belgrave and there was a handful of pubs, kebab shops and a lot of drunk people so it has definitely changed for the better.”