Remember Rio's? The nightclub forged in Bradford which moved to Leeds

It was the rock club which moved to Leeds after helping put Bradford on the world music map.

Tuesday, 1st October 2019, 6:00 pm
PIC: Matthew Page

Legendary rock venue Rio's forged its reputation for 20 years in Bradford but in 2007 moved down the M62 to capitalise on the "vibrant" live music scene in Leeds.

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Rio's marketing manager Steve Hawthorn said at the time: "Unfortunately, being in Bradford did have its downsides. It was harder to get the bands over there. We chose Leeds because it's a very vibrant city with a good music scene."

The main stage. PIC: Matthew Page

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Legendary New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook played a live DJ set on the opening night and was accompanied by live performances from Robochrist, Stateless and Random Hand. Other acts signed up included iconic blues hero Bo Diddley and Detroit-based rock outfit Electric Six.

Unlike other clubs which issue membership cards, the venue used biometric fingerprinting, which will allow people easy entry but also ensure troublemakers can be kept out.

The downstairs area. PIC: Matthew Page
The bar area. PIC: Matthew Page
The bar area. PIC: Matthew Page