A piece I wrote for the first Independent Leeds Magazine, published in December 2015 and distributed free of charge to multiple shops, venues and other outlets across the city.
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.
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.
This year Beacons Metro will swap the lush green fields of North Yorkshire for the urbane nightspots of the North, taking the new form of a series of events across Leeds and Manchester.
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.
Headrow House is set to be one of the biggest, boldest, most ambitious venues to launch in Leeds.