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The best November gigs in Leeds

Written by
John Thorp

November may well bring with it the start of the proper winter chills but its live music couldn't be any hotter in Leeds this month as our varied round up of the month's best gigs goes to show. 

Super Hexagon/Helena Hauff - Tuesday 3rd
Gritty techno and turbulent acid house styles are the order of the evening at another edition of Super Hexagon, when the uncompromising German DJ Helena Hauff arrives to spin alongside the night’s knowledgeable residents. A midweek treat with a dark heart.

Deerhunter - Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 4th
Acclaimed, psychedelia tinged indie rock outfit Deerhunter return to the road in promotion of their excellent new LP, Fading Frontier. Support comes from enigmatic lead singer Bradford Cox in his woozy, trippy Atlas Sound guise.

Ex Hex - Headrow House, Saturday 7th
American punk rock band Ex-Hex have a sound rooted in classic garage rock and punk, accurately describing their sound as “the band your friend’s older brother used to listen to”, and already widely acclaimed for their thumping live performances.

Imagine Dragons - First Direct Arena, Tuesday 10th
Chart busting, ubiquitous pop rock from a band with a very silly name, and the command of a huge audience. Expect choruses and riffs primed to rip the roof off.

Wavves - Belgrave Music Hall, Friday 13th
Scuzzy, surf and punk rocker Wavves continues to evolve his singular aesthetic on recent record, No Life For Me, while his live shows always remain energetic showcases for his raw talent.

Mr. Scruff - Canal Mills, Saturday 14th
Continuing his reign as one of Britain’s most beloved DJs, the endlessly eclectic selector and well known tea enthusiast returns to The Faversham for a five hour trip through funk, jazz, disco, boogie and outright irresistible obscurities.

Alter - Mint Club, Saturday 14th
Brooding and psychedelic techno is the specialism of the ambitious crew at Alter, with this month’s guests including Berlin friendly techno from Answer Code Request, the deep and trippy Trevino and a live set from recent Phantasy Sound signing Kamera.

LA Priest - Headrow House, Sunday 15th
Formerly of Late Of The Pier, Sam Eastgate’s electro solo output reaches the truly bonkers heights of his previous band’s best output and beyond. A riveting and unpredictable one man show.

Kurt Vile - Stylus, Tuesday 17th
Acclaimed lo-fi indie rock courtesy renowned multi-instrumentalist and live favourite Kurt Vile, performing cuts from his new album, b’lieve i’m goin’ down, as well as classic material alongside his band, The Violators.

Jaako Eino Kalevi - Headrow House, Thursday 19th
Uncategorisable electronic pop from one of Finland’s most unique musicians, Kalevi’s odd and elegant music flirts with disco, funk and dub, emerging something entirely original in it’s own right.

Daniel Avery - Headrow House, Friday 20th
One of the most popular underground electronic artists in Europe since the release of his debut LP, Drone Logic in 2013, Avery continues on his razor sharp odyssey of distinctive, increasingly hard edged techno. Support for the extended set comes from occasional production partner and hotly tipped DJ, Volte Face.

The Wytches - The Hop, Sunday 22nd
Increasingly beloved three-piece The Wytches specialise in finely tuned surf and psych material continue to establish themselves outside of an already dedicated cult following, debuting increasingly complex but catchy new tunes.

Lightning Bolt - Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 25th
Raw, stipped back, unrelenting but imaginiative in their limitations, two piece hardcore band Lightning Bolt need to be seen to be believed. Often playing in the crowd, rather than on a stage, their live shows are never less than involving, and very, very loud.

Simple Minds - First Direct Arena, Friday 27th
Best known for their work on the iconic soundtrack to Eighties teen classic movie The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds actually maintain a huge, dedicated following for their brand of highly emotive soft rock and pop. Come witness the adulation in the arena.

Circular with George Fitzgerald - Mint Club, Friday 27th
Nimbly maintaining a foot in both the mainstream and the underground, George Fitzgerald ably takes on an all night long at Mint Club, ripping through his current house and techno incarnations, and hopefully not leaving his beyond his former more experimental leaning.

Dirty Disco 10th Anniversary - Mint Warehouse, Saturday 28th
Dirty Disco celebrate ten years of unabashed dancefloor filth with a top tier party, featuring performances from crate digging heroes such as Motor City Drum Ensemble, live acid sleaze from the mysterious Paranoid London, and other underground favourites such as Young Marco and Session Victim.

Factory Floor - Headrow House, Saturday 28th
One of the most powerful live acts in music, acidic, industrial and endlessly danceable, Factory Floor return to Leeds, alongside house and disco DJ sets from Krystal Klear, Jon K and Dixon Avenue Basement Jams.

The Vaccines - Academy, Sunday 29th
Anthemic indie rock from The Vaccines, overcoming a wave of hype to earn critical plaudits for their recent LP, English Graffiti, while still maintaining their appealing singalong quality.

See more Music and Nightlife in Leeds from Time Out.

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