Celebrating 20 years of The Leaf Label

This year, Leeds-based independent record company The Leaf Label commemorates its 20th anniversary. To celebrate, it has announced a special 14-record box set and a series of gigs at Headrow House.  I chatted with The Leaf Label founder Tony Morley about how he brought the influential label to Leeds, and what we can expect for the future.

Continue reading Celebrating 20 years of The Leaf Label

A Little Slice of Light Night

The annual Light Night returned to Leeds last Friday, featuring late-night openings of galleries, museums, theatres, shopping centres and unusual spaces. Starting just as it went dark at 6pm, the race was on to experience as much of the five hours of jam-packed culture as possible.

Continue reading A Little Slice of Light Night

Review: Xiu Xiu play the music of Twin Peaks

In many ways, the Howard Assembly Room is an appropriate venue to stage an interpretation of the Twin Peaks soundtrack.  Rather like the fictional town, the Howard Assembly Room has a dark past, spending time as a ‘dirty cinema’ for a period in the 70s.  It’s now restored into its original form as a long, wood-panelled hall: a cavernous space, allowing sounds as quiet as a whisper to echo around it at will.

Continue reading Review: Xiu Xiu play the music of Twin Peaks

Recon Festival: the lowdown

This October sees Recon Festival return for another series of intriguing and inspiring musical and artistic performances across Leeds and Bradford.

The diverse line-up features performances from Warp Records electronica pioneers Plaid and Clark, Leeds locals Hookworms, legendary US street musician The Space Lady, and lots more.

Continue reading Recon Festival: the lowdown