Twogood, Manuu + Residents
Friday 15th Apr
Studio 24, Leeds
In what we are lucky enough to refer to as an influential city in the music scene across the UK, it becomes a tricky task to differentiate between the assortments of nights that are on offer. While Leeds is home to some of the most prominent and recognised music events, the all too familiar warehouses and archetypal clubbing venues start to merge our weekends into an undistinguishable blur.
Groove2 prides itself on delivering an innovative partying experience with a strong focus on themes, decor and a high-class sound design. Despite the last minute transfer from its original location Freedom Mills - another unique space set to launch next month - Studio 24 turned out to be the ideal setting to celebrate this fresh and innovative event to hit Leeds.
Sofas scattered around the peripherals, pastel coloured hanging lanterns, precious antique furniture, and the quirky decor of Studio 24 all contributed towards the carefully crafted aesthetic of Groove2. Picture your grandma’s sitting room with a funky twist, inflatables bouncing off an enthusiastic crowd, and an impressive soundtrack delivered by some of Leeds’ finest local talent.
The music didn’t disappoint, as we were treated to a varied selection of disco, garage, techno, and even a bit of hip hop – which complimented the eccentricity of the venue perfectly. Midnight Star’s Midas Touch, Wade & Artslave’s Promiscuous and Sunship’s Friendly Pressure are only a few examples of the range of music on offer.
The night began early, with resident Ryan Murray spinning some hip hop and funk from 9, followed by MANUU taking over with a selection of funky house and disco. TWOGOOD made a brief appearance, renowned in the Leeds scene for their fresh take on funk and soul. The rest of the night featured local DJs Jesse Lagares & Luke, as well as Jordan Day & Jack Bettison finishing up for just after 3.
Groove2 aimed to deliver an innovative and exclusive party experience – and not only did it succeed in that, but it was also particularly refreshing to be partying in an unfamiliar venue. The vibe was definitely leaning more towards an ‘anything goes’ kind of party rather than a rigidly set up club night, with plenty of space to sit and chat to your mates, as well as having a dance to some of your favourite tunes.
Following a successful launch at Studio 24, Groove2 will be back on May 7th for the official launch of Freedom Mills. If you’re looking for a night of banging music, a unique atmosphere and solid company, then keep an eye out for their next instalment.
Words by Marigold Warner
Photos courtesy of Ben Hale