This week, Back To Basics spearhead and clubbing legend Dave Beer wrote a heartfelt status on Facebook that both gave us a snapshot of his current situation and a peek at what is to come, as the Leeds born and bred club night has been largely absent from the city for the past few months.
The first paragraph was an illustration of his time so far as the head of the inimitable club night Back To Basics. Now into its 23rd year of parties, Basics has been Leeds’ pinnacle club destination for the past two decades, and has over the time it has been in business seen the majority of the worlds electronic music talent play in one of the many venues it has graced. From The Music Factory to The Garage, Daft Punk to Yousef, Back To Basics has booked everyone under sun to play at the cities best night clubs, however the unique vibe and unrivalled atmosphere that can be experienced at any Basics event, no matter who is on the ones and twos, is what sets it apart from the many other parties in Leeds.
After going through what he has described as ‘one of the most taxing times in his career as promoter’, which includes the closure of Back To Basics’ most recent home The Garage (read the article on the club’s closure here), Dave goes on to reveal some exciting news that the clubbing population of Leeds and much further afar will be excited to hear. In the near future, a new club will be coming to Leeds that will be created by Dave Beer himself. One that he says will be a multi sensory experience, designed for comfort and quality, with a proper custom-built sound system and no VIP nonsense. A space for people who know the score, with realistic ticket prices and of course, some of the best underground music the city will have to offer.
To be named FIFO (standing for Fit In or F**k Off), this exciting prospect has enthralled people from all over the world who have since sent love and support in response to the news. As well as the main club that will be spread over two rooms, the venture will also consist of the Back to Basics music academy, attempting to encourage new talent in the world of music.
You know the dance; Back To Basics will be back, but in a whole new way. It’s looking as though the Leeds club scene is about to be hit by a venue like no other, built upon no nonsense, high quality music for the people who will go for the same reason they have stood by Basics for however long. We look forward to hearing more.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of The City Talking (header image) and Dave Beer