23 years ago in a small Leeds nightclub called The Music Factory, a group of friends started to gather on a weekly basis, inspired by the punk ethos and united by a love of house music (epitomised perfectly in the above picture of co-founder Davde Beer at last year's birthday party). Since that first Saturday night on November the 23rd 1991, Back To Basics has grown into being one of the most revered clubbing institutions in the world.
Not only has Basics now been officially recognised as the longest running club night in the UK, it is still continuing to push the boundaries of clubbing as we know it, boasting one of the most impressive residents rosters around and proving more than successful when journeying to new heights with audio-visual entertainment. Although this year has been a rocky road for Back To Basics, as the unforeseen closure of The Garage took its toll in leaving the club homeless, this hasn’t deterred co-founder and DJ Dave Beer, who since then has strived to find a new home for Basics, whilst also continuing to throw some of the best parties the city has seen at other revered Leeds night spots such as Wire and Belgrave.
Of course, the reason for this article is that it’s that time of year again, when Back To Basics pulls out all the stops and gives you a real treat in their birthday party. Last year saw an incredible marathon event at Beaver Works in Leeds, and after that party that went down so well, they are returning once more.
On the 29th of November an army of all star DJs, producers and faithful Leeds clubbers will be taking to Beaver Works to help celebrate 23 years of Back To Basics. As always you can expect a sea of fancy dress (this years dress code is superstars, movie stars and all stars), 4 rooms of top quality house music and a crowd of the most up for it and enthusiastic clubbers the world will see, a feat any Basics regular will attest to.
Throughout the night the likes of Circo Loco regular Clive Henry, Maurice Fulton and Mark Jenkyns will be joined by the superb Back To Basics residents that include Laura Jones, Ralph Lawson, Burnski, Gavin Herlihy, James Holroyd, Denney, James Barnsley, Frenchy, Jon Woodall, Dave Beer and Bez of The Happy Mondays.
You can also see performances from the Crazy P Soundsystem as well as Tristan Da Cuhna and Brawther, whose collaborative alias and label Dungeon Meat launched this year to a great reception. From audio to visual, the club will be completely transformed “Hollywood style” and we will also see a return of the highly praised 3D mapping that could be seen earlier this month when Basics brought A Love From Outer Space to Belgrave Music Hall.
On the clubbing calendar in Leeds, there are very few events that match the calibre of Back To Basics’ birthday parties, so make sure you’re there.
Words by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Back To Basics and Dave Beer