Hard Times will be celebrating its birthday this December at Mint Warehouse in Leeds as the club brand celebrates 22 years since their first party.
Since bringing back the party in 2012 after a lengthy absence, Hard Times have welcomed a series of American DJs of the ilk of David Morales and Roger Sanchez, all of which have been at the iconic Leeds club The Warehouse on Somers Street. The 22nd birthday however will see Hard Times relocating to Mint Warehouse, the 3-roomed venue on Water Lane that is complete with a central courtyard. The partnership with the Mint brand first appeared in September when Hard Times hosted the VIP Arena at Mint Festival, suggesting that Hard Times will be returning to Mint Warehouse on the regular upon entering the next year.
For their 22nd birthday party Hard Times will be playing host to Kenny Dope, an influential DJ who was amongst the first wave of house producers from New York. He is most well known for his hit The Bomb, which he released as part of the house music duo Masters At Work with Lil Louis Vega, a previous guest at Hard Times.
Joining Kenny Dope will be Detroit Swindle, the Dutch production duo and owners of the Heist Recordings music label. Having recently recorded an instalment for BBC Radio 1s Essential Mix they are on top of their game and will be returning to Leeds after their appearance at Patterns Festival in June. Robert Owens will be the final guest of the evening, an artist who has recently collaborated with the likes of Soul Clap but is most well known for his work during the 1980’s with Fingers Inc.
CJ Mackintosh, Elliot Eastwick and the Hard Times residents will also be playing to complete the line up.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Hard Times and Kenny Dope