After departing from the Leeds club scene in 2010, Dirty Disco, what was one of Leeds’ flagship underground parties, are back to throw a special 10th anniversary party at Mint Warehouse.
Throughout the 5 years Dirty Disco was in action the faces behind the party invited many of the most prominent names in house and techno to play at their spiritual home at The Northern Light, which has over the years changed hands and is currently closed down. Heavyweight DJs such as Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y. Trentemoller, Dyed Soundorom, Duke Dumont, Valentino Kanzyani, Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Pan Pot, Stephan Bodzin and Eric Prydz all had their debuts in Leeds through Dirty Disco along with some other big bookings that spread across the musical spectrum from Dave Clarke, Steve Lawler, Adam Beyer, Luciano, DJ Yoda, My Robot Friend, Ettiene De Crecy, Green Velvet, Timo Maas, Derrick Carter and Moodymann (pictured below) all playing over the 5 years. Making this anniversary party highly anticipated around the whole city as we await details of who will be playing.
With The Northern Light is currently closed, Dirty Disco will be settling into Mint Warehouse, which was used as an after party location for the event back when it still operated as car garage before becoming Kerbcrawler and subsequently Mint Warehouse. This means the knees up on Saturday 28th November will be over 3 rooms and the courtyard, with 6 to be announced headliners and 10 residents set to take to the decks.
Ahead of Dirty Disco's return we caught up with Stuart Forsyth to get up to speed with all things Dirty Disco five years on from the last party.
What made you bring the party back?
If we are honest we've been wanting to do this for so long but legally we couldn't do it (long story). After it ended we all worked on other projects in Leeds for a while like O2 Academy, Distrikt, The Warehouse and Control and had a little 5 year break from Dirty Disco whilst focusing on our own events but throughout that time the amount of people who would ask us to bring it back one more time or tell us stories about their memories at Dirty Disco, whether it was certain nights, DJs, after parties or even some people that moved to Leeds because of Dirty Disco, I guess the last few weeks reaction on the internet has just made us realise what a special night and time it was. At the start of the year we knew it would be our 10 year anniversary and we couldn't let it go by without bringing back DD one more time and we can't wait and were glad everyone else is so excited about it too
What we can expect from the lineup?
One thing we don't want to do is go back in time. When we started this we had one rule to try and book new and exciting lineups over 3 rooms, different music styles. House & techno which will always be what Dirty Disco was known for (and the "Minimal" era!) so don't expect the music style to change, were just bringing it up to date and also the smaller 3rd room was always a special place for an eclectic mix of hip hop, funk, disco, electro and more. It's going to be fresh, we were always trying to book the most cutting edge DJs and most of all artists that we were big fans off rather than a lot of the bigger nights that these days that just seem to go for that Deep house headliner that's going to pull a crowd. That's not what Dirty Disco was about.
And is Dirty Disco back for good?
Who knows! Haha, we'll see how this one goes first!
The Dirty Disco returns on Saturdat 28th November for their 10th anniverary. Tickets are already onto 4th release. Get tickets now to avoid missing out.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Dirty Disco