The Easter weekend usually isn’t a great time to see live bands – even jobbing musicians like to spend time with their families – but it is usually a great time for club nights, small festivals and other events that might happen only every now and again. So, if you’re sticking around in Leeds this Easter and looking to blow off some steam with your friends, you could do worse than these nights out.
Sour Times @ Wharf Chambers, Friday 30th March
Wharf Chambers, just off Kirkgate in the oldest part of Leeds, looks totally unassuming from the outside but has long been one of the city’s best underground venues, serving as a general art space as well as showcasing music. On Good Friday, it’s playing host to a tasty-looking multi-discipline evening to kick the Easter weekend off in a sophisticated and tasteful manner. Music comes from Sheffield synth-punk act Nachthexen, who’ve just finished a support slot with the mighty Sleaford Mods, Brighton-based noise-rock act DITZ and a brace of local Leeds acts in indie-rock DIY-ers Cowtown and post-punk band AVACET. Local filmmaker Lisa Boardman will be providing visuals for the evening, and there’ll also be an art showcase from Leeds-based artist Jenny Beard.
FAC51 The Hacienda @ Church, Saturday 31st April
In tribute to the (in)famous Manchester venue operated by Factory and lionised in the amazing film Twenty Four Hour Party People, Church hosts a Hacienda evening for the second year in a row following an amazing reception last time out. Classic Hacienda DJs such as Mike Pickering and Graeme Park and the iconic Erick Morillo rub shoulders with modern DJs like Ralph Lawson and Marshall.
Actress x Mount Kimbie B2B Dj @ Headrow House, Sunday 1st April
It’s two for the price of one on Easter Sunday, as a pair of the best British electronic artists of the last decade, and who both released wonderful albums in 2017, team up for back-to-back DJ sets at Headrow House. For £12.50, we get Ninja Tune’s Actress (aka. Wolverhampton-based musician Darren J. Cunningham) and Warp Records’ Mount Kimbie spinning their favourite tunes, kicking off at 10pm.
Tags: Easter, Easter Weekend, Ed Biggs, Gigs of the Week, Leeds, live preview
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