Relic returns to Leeds on Sunday 30th April, with a night at The Old Red Bus Station seeing Evan Baggs of Cabaret Records on the 1s and 2s. Joined by a barrage of local talent representing On Rotation, Khron, Rhumboogie and Brudenell Groove, the Baggs and the Relic crew will be going full gear as they crown another huge bank holiday weekend.
The New York born headliner is as consistent a performer as any out there, and so it’s no wonder that Baggs is so highly regarded on both sides of the atlantic. Chopping his way through minimal house, techno and garage, his sets are interesting without exception, often exploring the weirder realms of his record collection without ever sacrificing the unmistakeable dancefloor focus of his sets. A peak time performer who excels in the foggier hours of the morning as well, Baggs is one of the hottest DJs in a dance music scene that only seems to be getting better.
Stepping up to support Baggs in room 1, Harry Mc of Manchester collective Khron will show off the spoils of a near-obsessive desire to dig for the records across all fields, offering plenty of diversity but unwavering quality. A serious selector pushed by his selections alone, Harry will make a rare appearance playing out in Leeds and should not be missed. Cut from similar cloth, Alex T of On Rotation is a more frequent face on the circuit, known not only for his work in bringing the likes of Bruce and Lena Willikens to put needle to wax, but also familiar to Leeds’ house heads thanks to a regular slot on KMAH radio.
Normally Room 2 could be expected to see a slight drop in quality, but with Asimov of York party Rhumboogie heading up the second space, there’s little chance of that. Rhumboogie is widely regarded as the city’s best dance spot, with profits going to charity Choose2 and residents dropping killer tracks from 10pm to 6am. Operating in much the same fashion, Leeds charity party Brudenell Groove has been a monthly fixture in the party calendar since June last year, with an eclectic music policy aiming to promote local talent. A gifted member of the core team, Oli Walkden has proven himself a specialist in proper deep house and trippy minimal, with a signature sound that has been increasingly present around Leeds over the past 12 months. Accompanied by Relic’s own Elliot W, room 2 looks like it’ll put up a good fight for what looks likely to be a packed out crowd.
Photo courtesy of Evan Baggs