On the cusp of exam season in Leeds, things are beginning to wind down a little clubs wise, but the city's strong contingent of dancefloor devotees, not to mention those certain that revision is actually going really well, are keeping things chugging from Friday through Sunday. Whether you like it light and swinging or heavy and dubby, here are our picks of the bunch as per.
20 Years of Metalheadz - Wire, Call Lane, Friday
Metalheadz is perhaps the definitive DnB label of all time, emerging from a small but buoyant scene and eventually dominating the UK club landscape into the noughties. Presented in association with Central Beatz, the lineup includes the prolific Dillinja rifling through a History Sessions set (call it a schoolin’ if you will), ANT TC1 with a suitable 20 year retrospective set and SCAR tasked with showing off the DnB new school, ensuring this is far from a nostalgia fest. Expect Wire’s versatile sound system to get a definitive workout.
Prism - Mint Club, Harrison Street, Saturday
Now approaching a household name in terms of house and techno, presuming your house loves, well, house, Ejeca headlines the return of Prism to Mint Club. With a distinct no hype, no gimmicks attitude, Ejeca has thus far worked with fellow Northern Irish rave counterparts Bicep, and gained huge support for his label, Exploris from some of dance’s most trusted figures including Sasha and Pete Tong. He’s joined by Citizenn, a versatile jock who takes his cues behind the decks and in the studios from swinging NJ garage house to acid and RnB. Local Leeds hero Luke Pompey leads the charge with Rickie DH and Sizeup in Room 2.
Tender Hooks - Wire, Call Lane, Saturday
Back down to Wire on Saturday, then, when visiting London night Tender Hooks aim to make their mark on Leeds with an exemplary lineup of classy, contemporary house. Anthony Naples enjoyed huge success a few years back with his anthemic, breezy hit ‘Mad Disrespect’, and since then, has kept on churning out hits on some of the most respected labels around, culminating in ‘Body Pill’, his sharp and concise LP on Four Tet’s Text imprint. While Naples represents New York, he’s joined by Amsterdam’s endlessly eclectic San Proper, with Tender Hooks’ cohort T Wilshire rounding off the evening.