Last year's Mint Festival saw the likes of Eats Everything, Dusky, George Fitzgerald, Midland and Detroit Swindle all feature in one of the festival's most popular arena, the Circular Arena. In the months that followed, dribs and drabs of promotions were released revealing that Circular would return to Leeds for a more permanent set of parties and Friday 24th January will see that promise held as Ben Pearce, Hot Since 82 and Route 94 feature for the launch, at Mint Warehouse.
Ever since the ubiquitous What I Might Do – a hit which found it's way into the record bags of the likes of Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Annie Mac and more as well as eventually reaching number 7 in the UK singles chart – Ben Pearce has continued in the same vain both with his producing and DJing. Now regularly taking in high profile sets along side the underground's biggest names, whilst running his own label Purp & Soul, Ben has cemented himself in the scene after his quick win with What I Might Do – arguably as impressive as the hit itself.
Next up on the bill is Daley Padley, aka Hot Since 82 (pictured). Local to Leeds and an absolute favourite of the Yorkshire crowds (most recently thanks to a hugely well received extended set for Teknicolor at Mint Club – read review), Daley has been DJing since he was a youngster and knows his trade inside out. Couple that up with his album release on Jaymo & Andy George's Moda Black and his ever present remix of Cajmere's Bigger Than Prince (Circus Recordings) and it's easy to see why his next set in the city is so highly anticipated.
Route 94 finishes off the hefty lineup for Circular's launch. Currently riding on the success of releases including Forget That Girl and My Girl and with big gigs at the likes Hideout and We Are FSTVL booked in for 2014, if you don't already, it's about time to get to know
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Article by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Circular and Mixing.