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Bank Holiday Clubbing in Leeds

Written by
John Thorp

Leeds tends to excel in it's club options each time a Bank Holiday Weekend rolls round, and May's second edition is no exception. The exceedingly popular Garden Party at The Faversham is unfortunately sold out, but there are more than enough options to let loose in the city's multitude of alternative club and warehouse spaces. From big room disco to the most minimal of techno and a radio hero, you've got Monday off, so go wild... Please don't go so wild if you don't have Monday off. Time Out hold no responsibility for the ruining of careers.

No Way Back - Mint Warehouse, Water Lane, Friday
A big room disco special as No Way Back launch a season at the Warehouse with two of contemporary disco’s most reliable acts. Master of the re-edit and with one foot in glitterball nostalgia and another in the genre’s tougher contemporary electro side, Dimitri from Paris has been keeping dancefloors sweaty since the 80s, where his roots lie as a pirate radio selector. Meanwhile, Horse Meat Disco have sculpted a world of their own with their weekly London party, and continue to extol the virtues of their style on an international scale. They’re accompanied by some of Leeds finest selectors, including Clandestino and Cosmic Slop.

All Gone Pete Tong - The Warehouse, Somers Street, Saturday
Almost certainly the only DJ in the world privy to his own Cockney rhyming slang, Pete Tong remains a dominant force and tastemaker in dance music, as well as one of Radio 1’s longest serving presenters. While his show demonstrates his ability as a purveyor of a variety of different genres across the full spectrum of 4/4, Tong tends to veer towards big room tech house in the club. It’s a style that will be suitably complimented by current stars of the scene, Patrick Topping and Eli & Fur, both undoubtedly heading towards their own big seasons in Ibiza. Hotly tipped locals Ethan Martin and Lagare represent their own label Cliche in support, while The Loft is kept busy with Knee Deep.

System & Set One Twenty - Mine Warehouse, Water Lane, Sunday
Back over to Mint Warehouse for the Sunday then, where System and Set One Twenty are getting together for a deep, heads focused fifteen hour session of proper techno. Headlining is Zip, a cult figure best known for founding highly influential minimal label Perlon, collaborating with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and holding residency at esteemed club spaces Panorama Bar and Live at Robert Johnson. He’s also joined by deep house master Mr G, performing his jubilant live set including tracks from his outstanding recent LP, ‘Personal Momentz’, while techno loving Ibiza favourite Tini acts as the third headliner on a bill that also includes a solid range of local selectors.

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