Tonight is the coming together of two enduring brands in the underground scene: the soon to be 34 year old Warehouse and Steve Lawler's long running label, agency and general tech house brand VIVa. Despite the vintage of these two forces, there was still a queue snaking around the outside of the building early on.
Amazingly it's the first time a full-blown VIVa Warriors event has hit the city of Leeds, with one of the imprint's latest new talents Detlef up first. The Greek plied a deep tech route during his set, which warmed the colourful crowd through right from the off. Plenty of friendly faces dressed in weather-defiant outfits more redolent of an Ibiza session rather than a wintry night in Leeds and were vocal through the early hours as much as they were the darker early morning sounds.
Next it was the boss' turn. In a set filled with his own productions, plenty of engaging basslines and euphoric moments of vocal release, the floor never waned. They matched his every move and egged him on yet further beneath a dazzling array of lights and lasers. The sounds, as ever in this club, was crystal clear all night long.
Finally, label mainstay and local lad Darius took to the decks. A popular face here after years running his own record shop and label meant he was warmly received and reacted with an appropriately classy set of chunky house, raw jack and a mixture of beats old and new.
Joining the dots between underground cool and more accessible, party lead club sounds, VIVa Warriors in Leeds worked as well as it has all over the world.
Review courtesy of Natasha Remington
Images courtesy of Justin Gardner Photography