This June, a new music venture comes to Leeds in the form of the Made In Leeds. Taking place in the grounds of the Tetley’s Brewery, Made In Leeds has encompassed a number of exciting club brands that originate from the city and has brought them together to form what is looking to be a prosperous first year.
Located on the outskirts of the city centre, The Tetley is the site of the Tetley’s Brewery, which backs onto a large courtyard that will be the setting for the first ever Made In Leeds . What’s more appealing than the large amount of space and easy to get to location is the fact that there’s no mess as the whole ground of the festival is concrete, meaning no mud and no feeling sorry for yourself after being caked in it head to toe. The venue will play host to 5 arenas, each hosted by a brand ‘made in Leeds’.
The first of the stages is to be hosted by legendry underground clubbing institution Back To Basics. Basics has long been the most important night in Leeds’ clubbing history, revered as the longest running club night in the world. Spearheaded by people person Dave Beer, the roster of guests that have played is a who’s who of the underground dance scene, and the line-up up for the Back To Basics stage at Made In Leeds is a testament to the high quality Basics is reckoned with. Playing for them is a plethora of local house and techno talent including house head Darius Syrossian, Circo Loco resident Laura Jones, Gavin Herlihy, Acid Mondays, Basics residents Ralph Lawson, James Holroyd and James Barnsley as well as Dave Beer himself.
Following on, Speedqueen will be taking over the second arena hosting ‘a night under the stars’. Currently holding home at one of Leeds’ oldest night clubs The Warehouse, Speedqueen is hailed as one of the most diverse club nights in Leeds, both in its music policy and its guests as everything from contemporary house to fifties music can be heard behind the clubs doors. The vision behind Speedqueen is simple: No disrespect, no racism, no sexism, no VIPs. Total equality. To today, Speedqueen prides itself as being one of the most visually exciting club nights in Leeds, as colourful wall art, dress up and confetti cannons galore can be seen at many of their events. Speedqueen’s tent at Made In Leeds will no doubt be one that is lively and welcoming, definitely well worth a visit.
The third stage at Made In Leeds is to be hosted by Insomnia; the Leeds based club night that resides at Mission on lower briggate. This will be where you can hear big bass music, electro and house featuring the likes of Tchami, Cause & Affect, Tom Zanetti, Ko Kane, Dale Castell, Ryan James and a host of other local resident DJs. The City Talking is Made In Leeds s live stage that will over the course of the day feature some of the cities best live bands for you to enjoy. A mix of already established performers and underground, up and coming talent have been employed, which gives the guests at Made In Leeds a chance to discover something brand new.
Finally, the Fibre tent at Made In Leeds will be the VIP area for the course of the day. Residing on Lower Briggate, Fibre is one of Leeds’ most popular bars that regularly hosts pre parties and the ever popular bank holiday courtyard parties.
As well as the promising music schedule, there will also be a central fairground where you can have a whirl on the waltzers or a drive on the dodgems. Also, when the excitement leaves you a little pecking, there will be a selection of 8 street food stalls that are yet to be announced.
Altogether, the first ever Made In Leeds is looking very exciting indeed. With a massive 5000 people due to head to the Tetley to experience 10 hours of homegrown talent across the 5 arenas, why not be part of it.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Made In Leeds