Few established club nights can trace their roots back to a pub situated on the outskirts of the city centre. However, for System, their journey began in these humble beginnings with early parties managing to attract the likes of Scottish techno stalwarts Slam to the 200 capacity space. The reputation and following of the night grew rapidly, paving the way for System to take up residence at its home from home, Mint Club. After establishing its presence on the Leeds scene at Mint Club, System took the steps to branch out to the club’s sister venue, Mint Warehouse. Here System collaborated with the likes Louche and Set One Twenty, staging daytime terrace parties welcoming guests such as Ben Klock, Andres and Seth Troxler to their all day affairs.
Away from the clubs, System has forged a strong relationship with Sven Väth’s Cocoon brand, helping stage the Cocoon In The Park Festival which takes to the grounds of Temple Newsam on an annual basis. Further appearances on the festival calendar for System include Mint Festival. Here the brand has curated its own stage bringing together a mix of DJs that epitomise the System style and sound with non other than Riccardo Villalobos and Luciano heading up the stage in 2015.
Saturday the 13th of February will see System celebrate 8 years of being behind some of the biggest parties in Leeds as they welcome favorites Mr G and Enzo Sirgusa to Mint Club. To mark the occasion, System’s faithful residents Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell run through their favorite System parties over the course of the last 8 years.
System Presents: The Mint Club Opening Party - Sat 6th Sep 2008
"The Re-Opening of Mint Club in 2008 has to be up there as one of the best! Mint had just been refurbished, the place was packed and people were dancing on the seats at the back of the club. I think after that night the club probably needed refurbishing again!"
System 3rd Birthday: Martin Buttrich, Frank Lorber, SIS - Saturday 5th Feb 2011
"The 3rd Birthday was another blinder, Frank Lorber and Martin Buttrich were playing. We knew it would be a good night but the music, atmosphere and crowd were amazing and surpassed all expectations. I met a lot of good friends that night so I'll never forget it!"
System Presents: Ricardo Villalobos (7 hour set) - Saturday 5th Mar 2011
"This has to be the best thing I’ve seen in The Mint Club, hands down. If I’m honest I’d sort of never seen him play a long set (it was billed as 7hrs) but he obviously played longer. It was utterly convincing and he’d play music you know, but presented in such a way that you wouldn’t recognise it until a few minutes in. There were points where it was just relentless and frankly a head f**k. Awesome".
"This was Ricardo at his best. complete mind f**kery all morning"
System 4th Birthday: Pantha Du Prince (live), Robag Wruhme, Levon Vincent
"After various System nights, we’d inevitably end up listening to his live sets. It became that much of a common theme that when he came to play, we were all buzzed to see what he would do. It was one of the weirdest and yet most danceable techno sets I’d ever heard. I couldn’t categorise it, but it really got everyone moving!"
System Presents: Marcel Dettmann & tINI
"I was just as brimming to see Marcel play than anyone else in there. It was the first time System had book him and he really did deliver. From his first record it was just a litany of really serious techno, with some wonderful oddities peppered in there too. I’d look around and it was just a sea of frowns of appreciation. Outstanding music!"
System: Rhadoo, Sonja Moonear & Steve O'Sullivan (live)
"A more recent highlight for me was Sonja Moonear in October last year, she was fabulous! The whole night was great though, Steve O'Sullivan and Rhadoo also played and safe to say it was another long night of quality music."
System & Set One Twenty: Carl Craig & Nicolas Lutz
"I’d never seen Nicholas Lutz play and, like everyone else, was intrigued to see what he’d bring. It was such a masterclass off mixing, digging and just building up the crowd. The lights weren’t used much, apart from one strobe and the set was just heads down affair. Really inspiring stuff."
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of System. & IGR::Photo