An Evening with Gabz
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Gabz

an intimate evening in Leeds with performances and a Q&A opportunity with star of Britain’s Got Talent and BBC One’s All Together Now, Gabz.

Gabz rose to prominence as a finalist on the seventh season of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013, finishing in seventh place out of thousands of contestants. Gabz’s debut single ‘Lighters (The One)’, peaked at Number 6 on the Official UK Singles Chart in June 2013 and has gone on to sell over 150,000 copies.

So catch Gabz performing LIVE on Wednesday 22nd May to experience all the buzz surrounding one of music's next big things!

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Lou Sanders: 'Shame Pig' at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Lou Sanders: 'Shame Pig' at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Gabrielle once sang ‘dreams can come true’ and that’s lovely, but nothing to do with this show.

After sell-out, critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London, with both runs extended to meet high demand, Lou Sanders is back with a national tour.

She brings stabby step mothers, alcohol issues and an unusual sexual encounter in LA with her.

This show is all about shame. Sanders has met some pigs – and been a mucky little pig herself – and now she’s rolling around in her own filth for your delight.


£12.00 advance / 7.30pm Doors / 8.00pm Show


Gabrielle once sang ‘dreams can come true’ and that’s lovely, but nothing to do with this show.


After sell-out, critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London, with both runs extended to meet high demand, Lou Sanders is back with a national tour. 


She brings stabby step mothers, alcohol issues and an unusual sexual encounter in LA with her. 


This show is all about shame. Sanders has met some pigs – and been a mucky little pig herself – and now she’s rolling around in her own filth for your delight.

A Fringe comedian who leaves you wanting more? I’ll take that deal  

The Times ★★★★


Lou Sanders deserves a Comedy Award nod for this show… Her best show yet
Evening Standard ★★★★


A reminder of just how good a straight stand up Sanders is…a joyous embracing of her eclectic life
Fest Mag ★★★★


She’s terrific
the Guardian ★★★★ 


Thank the comedy Gods
Chortle ★★★★

As seen and heard on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Russell Howard Hour, Comic Relief and Radio 4’s Unbelievable Truth.

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Fudge. / Wuzi / Mega Happy
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fudge. / Wuzi / Mega Happy

Fudge.

Watch this > https://youtu.be/pENBYaTainQ

Press quotes:

'To describe this as merely a gig would be an understatement, it’s an experience, a shared exhilarating experience.'

'I was left overwhelmed, buzzing with excitement (and slightly disappointed that I hadn’t said to myself ‘fuck it, I’m not reviewing this, I want to be part of it’ and plunged into the moshing crowd)'

'I miss gigs like these, I miss that madness, that group madness, that a band who truly connect with their audience can generate.'

'You need to go and see Fudge play, you must go and see Fudge play, if you want to see a band who generate that energy, that excitement, go and see them as soon as you can.'

'Treading their own path, without caring a flying fuck what people think of it.'

'In terms of energy it was like witnessing a hand grenade detonate in a bin'

'Christ The Redeemer in an Adidas track jacket'

'Tight, driving and ferocious riffs combined with aggressive vocals fuel banger after banger'

'At times I had to abandon my fellow editor Beth just because I wanted to throw myself around in the mosh pits. I have zero shame about that.'

“Crowd surfing, mosh pits, lots of sweary banter and a band who have the kind of cocky attitude that will probably have as many people hating them as love them.”

FUDGE. are the catalyst between you and a good time. Be ready to wrap your ears around funky verses and a riot of stomping riffs that will have you moshing, with their explosive live performance.
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WUZI

https://youtu.be/nVUMmqwbs4c

“Making waves wherever they go. Combining the intensity of Radiohead with effects laden guitars and occasional bursts of noise, they're definitely ones to watch out for” - Drowned in Sound

“They have a whirlwind of influences which can leave you wonderfully stunned' – GIGsoup

“Have crafted a sound that sounds like a band years into their career - definitely one to look out for.” - Mind Noise Network

Tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Alan Raw (BBC Intro), who’s stage they appeared on at Reading and Leeds Festival 2018.

These Leeds based slacker rockers were the headline band at Indie Week Festival in Toronto, and have appeared at Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City
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Mega Happy

'A band to watch, they really are that good' - Local Sound Focus
'Quite frankly upsetting' - Lucy's Music Blog

https://soundcloud.com/megahappyband

'My kids love it' - Mother of 4 from Armley

A Leeds group formed in 2016, who know their way around their instruments and are not afraid to use catchy hooks as a blunt instrument to beat their audience till they bop. Their dark lyricism which is 'quite frankly upsetting' (Lucy's Music blog), couples with joyous music to give them a stand out quality.
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£7 Adv from Crash Records, Skiddle, or bands. £9 OTD. 16+ event.

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Pulp Fiction: A Food Experience [Leeds Indie Food]
May
26
4:30 PM16:30

Pulp Fiction: A Food Experience [Leeds Indie Food]

We're showing one of our fave films and serving up some of grub featured in it at the same time!!

It's part of Leeds Indie Food, and ace celebration of the city's culinary hotbeds, and we're thrilled to be a part.

Tickets get you into the film + a Kahuna burger + a $5 shake, so it's super good value. Plus there's a v limited number of tickets so be quick. 🍔🥤

4.30 doors, 5pm start. £7.50 a ticket

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Vipertime Album Launch
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Vipertime Album Launch

Emerging from the snake pit of LS6 in 2018, the jazz-fuelled powerhouse Vipertime release their debut album Shakedown, recorded by Will Jackson (Cribs / Wiz Khalifa).

Drawing from spiritual jazz, post punk and 60s garage, Vipertime deliver a mesmeric sound with a venomous edge.

// Ben Powling - tenor saxophone + flute //
// Matías Reed - bass //
// Charlie Grimwood - drums //
// Luke Reddin-Williams - drums //

Doors: 19:00
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Space Jam [in the Snug] - Free Entry
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Space Jam [in the Snug] - Free Entry

Space Jam returns in May after a small Easter break!
A night hoping to bring all the musicians of Leeds together through sonic exploration. No genre, no expectations, all abilities welcome. Just come down, have a few drinks, and have a jam. Fuck-ups encouraged!

Full backline and Instruments provided but feel free to bring your toys. See you there!

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DJ Lubi//Soul Rebels Present Project Hilts//SogoRock//DJ NikNak
May
30
to May 31

DJ Lubi//Soul Rebels Present Project Hilts//SogoRock//DJ NikNak

Since their packed debut gig at RE:SOUL back in October 2019, Project Hilts have made a big spalsh in the vibrant Leeds jazz/soul/hip-hop scene. Coming from Leeds College Of Music, they are led by London rapper Hilts (Danny Hilton), a veteran of the London grime scene. Hilts came to Leeds to study production after getting tired of making beats in his bedroom on his laptop. Once at the college of music, he teamed up with some great young musicians and singers there to form an 8 piece live band that brings together jazz and grime with hip-hop, soul and Latin beats. Since the debut show, they've played a support slot to Tetes De Pois at Soul Rebels at The Wardrobe, made their first video courtesy of Tight Lines and played their debut London show. Now they step it up with their first headline show in Leeds at Hyde Park Book Club. That basement space will be rocking to the jazz grime beat for sure. Come and get a taste.

SogoRock are a Leeds-based band formed in 2018 by two Hungarian brothers studying at Leeds College Of Music, Bela Horvath Jr and Laky Franz. The band has 6 members (4 current students at Leeds College Of Music and 2 alumni musicians), who bring together their musical loves - jazz, funk, r'n'b, rock, Caribbean music, pop, gospel, electronica, Hungarian folk - into a unique "no borders" global music fusion sound. The band are : Bela Horvath Jr (piano and keyboard), Laky Franz (keyboard and talk box), Josh Gumbs (drums), Reverend Beanz (electric bass), Nik Svarc (guitars) and Matt Hines (saxophone/electronics). They are starting to gig out around Leeds. Come and check them out. Something really different from the jazz/soul/global beats scene of Leeds.

DJs on the night are Lubi (Soul Rebels Sessions/RE:SOUL/KMAH Radio) and special guest DJ NikNak (BBC Radio Leeds). NikNak is one of Leeds' most open minded DJs whose roots are hip-hop - she's a great scratch DJ - but she also bosses of so many other genres, from jazz to dubstep, house to soul, reggae to Brazilian beats. A producer in her own right, she often guests on live gigs as a turntablist with Leeds bands Necktr and TC & The Groove Family. Check her weekly show "BackStage" on Wednesdays 7.00pm on BBC Radio Leeds.
Doors 7.30pm. SogoRock 8.15pm. Project Hilts 9.30pm. DJs Lubi and NikNak before, between and after live sets.
Tickets : £4 advance from www.lunatickets.co.uk + the bands

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Sifaka Sessions #003 Sifaka / Pablo's Paintings / Shaku / Felka
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Sifaka Sessions #003 Sifaka / Pablo's Paintings / Shaku / Felka

Sifaka Sessions #003 is an indoor festival taking place on the 31st of May bringing together some of the best live music from across the Leeds music-scene.

Taking over Leeds' most exciting venue - The Hyde Park Book Club - the event will also include galleries and displays of local artists, as well as specially curated food and drink. Expect big riffs, funky beats and tasty treats.

Sifaka Sessions #003 builds on the success of sold out Sifaka Sessions #001 & #002. These events saw various Leeds bands (The Seagulls, Kumiko, Engine, Lim And The Lovers, Sifaka) play fantastic sets to packed out audiences.

******* TICKETS ********

There will be a super-limited early release of £4 tickets.

After those are all gone, tickets are £6 advance and £8 OTD

******* LINE-UP *********

The line-up for Sifaka Sessions #003 is seriously big - showcasing some of the finest musical and song-writing talent in Leeds at the moment:

Pablo's Paintings

Pablo's Paintings look to focus simple melodies through crooked lenses. The resulting off kilter pop, nods to the avant guard, psychedelia and folk at times, but never drifts too far from a hook.

Inspired by Picasso's quote "action is the foundational key to all success", Pablo's Paintings began working together in early 2018, with no particular aim, other than to create an outlet for dormant ideas. Since, they have developed a sound that taps into a rich history of melodic song-writing and developed a keen DIY work ethic, self-recording and producing all of their early output.

Shaku

*Read in the voice of Johnny Bravo*

Shaku welcomes you all! We are a six-piece band hailing from all four corners of the globe that spearhead the genre we like to call "Frog Rock" and want nothing more than your undivided enjoyment!

Felka

Felka are Rose Wheeler and Tanisha Badman; "poplicious folk duo" with "brazen lyrics and lush harmonies" hailing from the rolling hills of West Yorkshire. Since forming in 2014, they have appeared on the infamous Sofar Sounds in London, York, Nottingham and twice for homecomings show in Leeds.

Championed by BBC Introducing, they are played by the station on a regular basis. Gig accolades include playing Millennium Square in Leeds for Under The Owls Festival and supporting Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, Samantha Fish (U.S), Keiran Leonard, Baka Beyond and Wildwood Kin. The name is taken from a second World War novel, 'Portrait of a Young Forger'. The non-fictional character Felka's act of self-sacrifice to save her missing brother Adek struck a chord with the two musicians as both beautiful and heroic.

Bolstered by a new rhythm section, the band spent time with legendary producer Andy Hawkins recording three brand new tracks in a converted chapel. "Best Friends Bike", "Reoccurring Dream" and "Hourglass" will be released throughout 2018.

SIFAKA

Since forming in 2014 Sifaka have become an integral part of the vibrant Leeds music scene. Dubbed ‘Rock N’ Soul’ their sound is raw, powerful and straight from the heart, sitting at
the crossroads between the soulful sounds of Alabama Shakes and the heavy blues of Led Zeppelin.

Their mesmerising live show is a sweat-soaked rollercoaster of infectious grooves and soaring solos. At any one moment their music travels through Mardis Gras, CBGB’s in downtown New York and 60’s London.

Following on from a year supporting Kaiser Chiefs and Pete Doherty, and Imarhan and Melt Yourself down at the Brudenell Social Club the band have released three singles over the summer to critical acclaim.

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inner city electronic 2019
Jun
1
to Jun 2

inner city electronic 2019

Saturday 1st June 2019.

Tickets from £30.00 at www.innercityelectronic.com

inner city electronic returns to Leeds on June 1st for a 24 hour celebration of electronic music and culture, with a variety of music, talks and workshops taking place across the city. #24hoursinthecity

Line-up

Nina Kraviz
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Nightmares On Wax (DJ set)

Afrodeutsche, Ben UFO, Craig Richards, DJ BORING (live),
DJ Seinfeld, DJ Stingray, Josey Rebelle, Kelly Lee Owens,
Kosh (live), Mor Elian, Moxie, Octave One (live),
Orpheu The Wizard, Ralph Lawson, Ross From Friends (DJ set), Shanti Celeste, Tristan da Cunha, The Ghost, Willow

A-future, Bobby, Dave Beer, Dimensions Soundsystem, Downtown Science, Cole Procter, Baba & Ganoush, Elliot Holt, Efenar, Equaliser, Grainger, Imogen, Kag Katumba, Kepler, Kerouac, Krywald & Farrer, Lijero, Rubik, Matt Long, Natalia Phipps, Passport To Paradise, Pleasure Connection, Reuben, Serene, Sara Garvey, Sonny, The Native Project, Yak

Parties Hosted By:

Resident Advisor, Dimensions Festival, Flux, Percolate, 20/20 Vision Recordings, Brudenell Groove, Brotherhood Sound System, COSMIC SLOP, LOVE DOSE, KMAH Radio, MASS, Pretty Pretty Good, Transmission Funk, truelove.

Talk & Workshop Program - TBA

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John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: Gunshots] With a
Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: Gunshots] With a

[FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!

One of the Edinburgh Fringe's most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour. John-Luke Roberts' show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the most talked-about shows of the festival: a dizzying avant-garde ride through the mind of a gifted comic-philosopher. One with a blue moustache. Who thinks far more about the Spice Girls than anyone should.

A masterclass in prop, clown, costume and Mel C-themed comedy.

Doors 7.30pm / Show 8.00pm

★★★★★ "Freewheeling escapism...A joy" Fest Magazine

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Sgt Lindenbaum (Debut Live show), Mondo Bizarre
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Sgt Lindenbaum (Debut Live show), Mondo Bizarre

This has been a long time coming! Toby Lindenbaum, Ollie Sargent and George purnell debut their live show: Huge modular synth lines, soaring sax solos, drums like you've never witnessed -- this is not one to miss!

With support from the amazing Mondo Bizarre, this is set to be a brilliant evening of live music.

All of the proceeds from this gig will be going to the charity COOL EARTH.

JAZZ//FUNK//DUB//..ELECTRO? this is gonna be wild

Tickets £5 online, £7 OTD

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Salèmango 2019
Jun
5
to Jun 7

Salèmango 2019

It’s time for Tight Lines’ annual mass celebration of Leeds’ DIY music and arts scene. Things are so damn good here in this city, we’ve had to add another day…

This year we’re on a mission to build bridges over the roads and rivers of Leeds in to new soundworlds, creating a more diverse musical environment and making the festival a celebration of the love of music and community.

Without any further ado...

DAY 1

Tight Lines Stage
Straight Girl | Slow Loris | Beige Palace | Vipertime | Long Legged Creatures | Tall Talker | Small In Test Tubes

Small Talk Collective Stage
Skwid Ink | Little Hand Feet | Sonic Blue | Joshua ZERO | Roxy Girls | Brown Honey Emporium

Snug Bar
freese trio | Fergus Quill Does Magic | Alternative Comedy It’s Downstairs


DAY 2

Tight Lines Stage
Stretchy Dance Supply | HalliGalli | Ferg's Imaginary Big Band | Têtes de Pois | Shaku | HEV | B-ahwe | Mamilah | Ancient Infinity Orchestra | Hey Fish

PowerHouse Stage
Tigerbythetail | Book | Roads | WATERSIDE | Theo Black | Zenith Group | Durdy Laundry

The Mabgate Swingers Party in the Snug
The Mabgate Swingers Party | Jasmine | Ben Haskins Trio | LADY | In The Morning Lights

Outside
Brazilian Wax | Jazz Club | Andrew Devine | Dixon | SNAKE OIL | George Addy (Mo Holo) | Mary Wortham | Lewis Stockdill | Endless City

FIRST RELEASE TICKETS
DAY 1 ≈ £7.50
DAY 2 ≈ £10
BOTH DAYS ≈ £15

TL // EC // PH // STC // MSP // HPBC

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Influx
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Influx

Influx Press head to the wonderful Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds for a night of live fiction from some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary writers. Reading on the night are Paul Scraton, Clare Fisher, S.K. Perry, with more TBC, hosted by Gary Budden.

About the authors:

Paul Scraton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Born in Lancashire, he moved to the German capital in 2001 where he has lived ever since. He is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of newly published Built on Sand (Influx Press, 2019) and Ghosts on the Shore: Travels Along Germany's Baltic Coast (Influx Press, 2017).

Clare Fisher was born and made in Tooting, south London. An award-winning short story writer Clare Fisher's her first novel, All the Good Things, was published by Viking in 2017. She now lives in Leeds, where she writes, works as a bookseller and teaches creative writing. Her Dylan Thomas Prize-longlisted collection, How the Light Gets In, was published by Influx Press in 2018.

S.K. Perry's debut novel, Let Me Be Like Water, was published bu Melville House in 2018. She was shortlisted for the Mslexia Award and longlisted for London's Young Poet Laureate in 2013. She was a resident artist at the Roundhouse in Camden and a Cityread Young Writer in Residence 2014. She lives in Leeds.

+ more TBC

Introduced and hosted by Gary Budden of Influx Press

www.influxpress.com
@InfluxPress

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Lukas Creswell-Rost + Emaline Delapaix
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Lukas Creswell-Rost + Emaline Delapaix

Two Berlin based songwriters take a stop through Leeds…

Lukas Creswell-Rost was born in Leeds, in fact just down the road from the Hyde Park Book Club. And having moved to Berlin a decade ago he has never really left that part of home behind. A certain English sensibility and melancholy is never too far away, albeit wrapped around numerous other influences and textures. His music "crosses all sorts of genres; a bit pastoral-psych, a bit prog, a bit folk, a bit cinematic" (Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music). And is "a combination of modern psychedelia, dreamy pop and contemporary digi-folk which clearly comes from the heart" (Team Rock Magazine) - but at the end of the day, he is just trying to make songs. Live, his show is centred around his atmospheric guitar playing, voice and occasional drum machines.

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HPJC Presents: The Roz Macdonald Quartet
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

HPJC Presents: The Roz Macdonald Quartet

Doors at 19:30.

The Band will be followed by a jazz jam.

Roz Macdonald's quartet consists of four musicians who all met through the Leeds jazz scene and love of playing the same style of music. The group will play a mixture of arrangements of some great jazz standards from influences such as Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington and Herbie Hancock.

Will Blackstone - Trumpet
Jamie Taylor - Guitar
Roz Macdonald - Double Bass
Jordan Dinsdale - Drums

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June Open Turntables - Theme Blood
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

June Open Turntables - Theme Blood

DJ sets for all musical genres and all levels of experience. This month's theme is World Blood Donor Day, anything blood related or as ever ignore the theme if it doesn't fit.

Host Tonij has many years DJ experience and has helped people take their first step into DJing in the relaxed and sociable setting of Hyde Park Book Club.

Sign up, sort 30 minutes of your favourite vinyl, bring some friends and make some new ones here at Open Turntables.

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Constant Mongrel
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Constant Mongrel

Brudenell presents...

Constant Mongrel (La Vida Es Un Mus)
+ Special Guests TBA

19.06.2019 | £8.00 ADVANCE (+stbf) | 19:30 Doors

https://constantmongrel.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/constantmongrel1/

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Formed in 2009 Constant Mongrel begun as a two piece (Tom Ridgewell and Hugh Young) creating immediate and at times improvised songs in an old dishevelled laundry in inner city Melbourne. Inspired by the more flamboyant side of protopunk such as Electric Eels and Chrome, over the next few years the band added members Amy Hill (bass) and Andrew Murray (guitar) building upon their intense sound and developing a unique humour. Consisting of members from Terry, Woollen Kits, Nun and Taco Leg, Constant Mongrel have had several previous releases on RIP Society Records, Siltbreeze Records and La Vida Es Un Mus.

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Peakes + Tallsaint Co-Headline Show
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Peakes + Tallsaint Co-Headline Show

PEAKES & Tallsaint come to Leeds on June 20th for a Co-Headline show at Hyde Park Book Club

PEAKES - Leeds based three-piece constructing vivid alt-pop hymns, while their precocious musicality matches ambient electronics to surging melodics, and a divine sense of sound.

Tallsaint - Electronic-pop artist from Leeds who uses her dreamy vocals, intricate lyricism and sleek production to create an enchanting alt-pop sound.

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Brooders // Merricks Tusk // Bloodhound // Sea Legs // LEEDS
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Brooders // Merricks Tusk // Bloodhound // Sea Legs // LEEDS

On Friday 21st June Brooders will be joined by their nearest and dearest for their first headline show in Leeds in over half a year.

Prepare for a visual spectacle and a sonic shock that'll rattle you to the core.

Tickets £5 ADV.

Doors 7PM.

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Brooders

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The Stroppies
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Stroppies

Please Please You & Brudenell Social Club presents

The Stroppies

“Whoosh is a silly word,” says Gus Lord of the Stroppies. “There is something completely nonsense about it, especially when removed from any kind of context. For me it conjures up images of something absurd and transient - two things fundamental in the experience of listening to or making good pop music.”

Whoosh may indeed be a silly word but it almost onomatopoeically captures the sound and essence of The Stroppies first proper debut album, one that breezes along with boundless energy, a refrained pop strut, infectious grooves and the sort of jangling guitar melodies that sound like a prime-era Flying Nun band.

Between them, the Melbourne-based band - currently comprising of Gus Lord, Rory Heane, Claudia Serfaty and Adam Hewitt - have been in countless bands such as Boomgates, Twerps, Tyrannamen, Primetime, Blank Statements, The Blinds, White Walls, See Saw and Possible Humans. The band formed together around a kitchen table in 2016 with a heavy focus around the essence of collaboration and a DIY ethos. This led to an acclaimed cassette release of lounge room recordings, which was then pressed onto vinyl to more acclaim. The Stroppies next step was then taking their DIY approach to home recordings into the studio to make a transitional leap to what would become their proper studio debut. “Whoosh is our first concerted effort to make something with a bit more sonic depth,”says Claudia Serfaty (the bands other primary songwriter). “It was an attempt to take working processes that had been established in a home recording setting and build on them with a broader musical palette in the studio in order to push the band into new territory without compromising what made initial releases so endearing.”

Endearment is something that the Stroppies have no problem retaining on Whoosh. It’s a record that possesses all the spunk and gusto of a young band hurtling forward yet also knowing when to take their foot off the accelerator. It’s an album that simultaneously feels young and fresh but wise beyond its years. “Whoosh is the most robust sounding release we have ever recorded,” Serfaty says. Combining taut post-punk rhythms, indie jangle, seamless melody and sugary pop, it’s a record that Lord says is influenced by: “All sorts of things - life, work, relationships, old cartoons and the last 60+ years of guitar-based pop music in some form or another. This includes everything from Bill Fay to the Clean to Stephen Malkmus.”

Whoosh is a record that combines a natural sense of urgency with a thoughtful approach. Something that the recording process itself was emblematic of. “Budgetary restrictions meant that we had two days to lay the foundations,” Serfaty recalls. “So it was axe to the grind: burning through live takes interspersed with tea and Turkish food from the local kebab shop, which culminated in twelve half finished cuts, rough and ready.” That was the urgent part, what then followed was a focused and labour intensive approach to get the most out of the bare bones of the record as possible. “We spent hours building up, stripping down and mixing the work that had been recorded the month prior, throwing everything we could think of at the songs to see what would stick. We utilised whatever was on hand to pull sounds, including but not limited to vintage synths, rain sticks and an old door frame that we used for percussion.” This was done with Zachary Schneider, a friend of the band, budding producer and established musician who is most notable for his guitar work in bands such as Totally Mild, Free Time and Full Ugly.

By the end of that period the band got so absorbed in the record that they almost lost sight of it. “I'm still a little too close to this record for it to evoke anything in particular,” Lord says. “Except for perhaps dull anxiety. Towards the end of recording I felt like I was drowning in the process and lost all clarity on what it meant or it's value. Kind of like saying a word over and over again - it starts to lose all meaning.” Although with time comes clarity and even amidst the fog of making a record that has taken over his life, Lord knows the band has made something special. “Reflecting on the process I feel really proud of the album.”

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Gia Margaret, Live in Leeds
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Gia Margaret, Live in Leeds

Brudenell presents...

Gia Margaret
+ Special Guests TBA

04.09.2019 | £10.00 ADVANCE (+stbf) | 19:30 Doors

https://giamargaret.net/
https://www.facebook.com/gia.margaret/

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Chicago singer/songwriter/producer Gia Margaret describes her music as “sleep rock.” It’s a genre all her own, combining elements of folk, shoegaze, slowcore, ambient electronica and trip hop. For her self-produced debut album, There’s Always Glimmer(out July 27, 2018 on Orindal Records), Gia Margaret crafted twelve gorgeously melancholic lullabies to combat her own insomnia, and to salvage some beauty from the brighter and darker moments of her life.

There’s Always Glimmer explores relationships between friends, family members and significant others, often in past tense. Sparse verses isolate mundane moments of domestic and urban life, and choruses ache with earnest expressions of yearning and loss. The disarmingly simple language of Gia Margaret’s lyrics, when carried by the melodic sparkle of her singing voice, have the power to elevate an ordinary moment into something supremely nostalgic and sentimental. A ride on a train, a hand on a shoulder, a dog in a yard, the light of the moon through an apartment window are each made significant and sacred, worthy of examination and preservation.

As much as it addresses the unease in our lives, each song on There’s Always Glimmer is steeped in loving comfort, awash with gentle sounds to usher the still minutes before dreams come, when we’re left alone amidst the shadows and the echoes of our memory. There’s Always Glimmer exists to fill the darkness and the quiet.

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Alaskalaska // Leeds
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Alaskalaska // Leeds

After supporting Nilüfer Yanya at The Brudenell Social Club and a brilliant set at Live at Leeds 2018, ALASKALASKA come to Leeds on Friday May 17th 2019 at Hyde Park Book Club

For Fans Of: Art School Girlfriend | Caribou
Listen: https://spoti.fi/2HoTVe3
Tickets are on-sale now from: http://bit.ly/ALASKALASKAHydePark19

Support:
Do Nothing

South London group ALASKALASKA have announced details of their highly-anticipated debut album The Dots - set for release via Marathon Artists on 3 May 2019.

Headed by Lucinda Duarte-Holman and bassist and producer Fraser Rieley, ALASKALASKA formed in 2016 after Duarte-Holman introduced Rieley to her friends Calum Duncan (guitarist), Fraser Smith (saxophonist), and Gethin Jones (drummer). The resulting recordings - early self-titled EP and 2018 singles ‘Meateater’ and ‘Monster’ - combined an appreciation for pop songwriting form with a myriad of sounds, tastes and styles. ALASKALASKA’s idiosyncratic approach grabbed them attention from Pitchfork, The FADER, Noisey, NME, DIY, BBC Radio 1 and beyond, while support slots with fellow genre-dodgers Alvvays, Cigarettes After Sex, Porches and Nilüfer Yanya soon followed.

Melding together their disparate influences in off-kilter pop and jazz gives their upcoming debut record the push-pull feeling of a group existing without any boundaries. Not fitting neatly into either the post-punk explosion, which defined their South London home a few years back, or the more recent emergence of a future-facing jazz underground, ALASKALASKA dodged the area’s typicalities. The lyrical potency of the former and the languid, freeform attitude of the latter can be felt across The Dots, but ALASKALASKA paint those influences in their own broad brushstrokes in the same way as Björk, Kate Bush, Arca or Fever Ray before them.

ALASKALASKA will release The Dots on 3 May before heading out on a headline tour of the U.K. - which includes a headline show at Hyde Park Book Club on 17 May.

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Crack Cloud & N0V3L, Live in Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Crack Cloud & N0V3L, Live in Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

Brudenell & Come Play With Me proudly present...

CRACK CLOUD (USA / Tin Angel Records)
Plus N0V3L

16.05.2019 | £10.00 ADVANCE (+stbf) | 19:30 Doors

https://crackcloud.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/crack.cloud/

https://n0v3l.bandcamp.com/album/novel-2

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CRACK CLOUD

Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC. Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.

N0V3L

Novel is an engine of entertainment and social criticism weaponizing rhythm and melody against the unsound powers that be. Rigid new-wave, angular funk, polyrhythmic disco and intellectual punk together approximate a radical new sound that forms the principal means of ideological circulation. Drawing influence from such mindful predecessors as Devo and Public Enemy, Novel offers an empowering, politically-charged stance in fierce opposition to the modern cultural landscape, reflecting the corrupted nature of humanity back upon itself.

A sense of foreboding and comic paranoia pervades the debut EP: corporate power looms large, technological isolation seems omnipresent, and bureaucracy mines the psyche of detached participants. This constructed reality presents a hard-earned escape through critical thinking and direct action, acting as a call to mindfulness and moral resistance. Translated through the power of electric music.

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May Lolshevism with Josh Jones
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

May Lolshevism with Josh Jones

It’s May Lolshevism!

Our headliner this month is Josh Jones from that there Manchester.

“Ultra working class and totally adorable, Josh Jones is a high-energy performer who wins the audience over from the off. This super camp Manchester lad, can tackle a range of subjects from school yard politics to gay rights in Pakistan. Josh is able to improvise on the fly creating razor sharp observations, he is playful with the audience often leaving them wanting more of his brilliant, superbly delivered writing.”

MC: Alex Dunlop
Tash Goldstone
Tim McConnell
Leo Adams

£5 waged
£4 unwaged/students

Doors: 7PM
Show: 7.30PM

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Ways of Listening
May
12
6:00 PM18:00

Ways of Listening

Ways of Listening is an event series, curated by Alex De Little, that invites audiences on sonic explorations as a way to investigate the act of listening and the ways in which it can define relationships to self, others and spatial environments.

Ways of Listening events exist somewhere between concert, workshop and exhibition; they invite active listening by presenting works by composers and sound artists that engage ear and body in diverse ways.

The first event in the series, hosted by Hyde Park Book Club will begin with a short workshop on the Deep Listening practice of Pauline Oliveros. A number of activations and listening exercises will act to open ears and prepare the audience for the sound works that follow:

Sound and Movement: Sonic Dance Costume by Sunny Vowels
Body Listening: Spatial Drone by Alex De Little
Sound and Perception of Space: sound piece by Stuart Mellor

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CANCELLED : VELVELA | Unplugged + THE BROOKES, TOM O’NEIL
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED : VELVELA | Unplugged + THE BROOKES, TOM O’NEIL

** This show is cancelled - if you have tickets please contact the point of purchase for info on refunds **

VELVELA are performing an unplugged set with friend The Brooke’s and Tom O’Neil (Stellar) in preparation for the Leeds leg of The Bottomless Rosé tour.

VELVELA are a lean mean rock machine with a barbaric fuzz rock vision powered by animalistic, howling vocals and menacing riffs.

Inspired by blues influenced classic rock greats and modern alternatives, VELVELA belong on playlists alongside The Zep, QOTSA, Black Keys and Royal Blood.

Formed in 2018 in the northern depths of Yorkshire, VELVELA holed themselves up in a disused factory to work on their sound. Brimming with energy and ambition, and with a palette of inspirations that ranges from jazz to house music, old school r’n’b and proto-punk, the band decided to paint with exhilarating colours.

The end result is intimidating and feral, with the smell of vintage valves glowing red. Perfect for, but not restricted to, fans of Hello Operator, Rivals Sons and Band Of Skulls, VELVELA - Sean, Todd and Tom - regularly play in clubs across the North.

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Pop! not Hate with Arrest Charlie Tipper and The Total Rejection
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Pop! not Hate with Arrest Charlie Tipper and The Total Rejection

A benefit gig to raise funds for Hope Not Hate and Stand Up to Racism with four great indie bands!

ARREST! CHARLIE TIPPER

The band began life in 2013 as The Charlie Tipper Experiment, releasing the debut album “Mellow On” and a couple of terrific singles. In 2015 they gained a new member and changed their name to The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy, embarking on a 6-track mini-album “Ten” and a series of EPs which culminated in the release of the 2018 compilation “The Astonishing Rise of Charlie Tipper”, which received some great reviews in the online music press.

In 2018 the band recognised the addition of a seventh member by changing their name again, the “Arrest” in the current moniker being a nod towards their forthcoming movie soundtrack “Themes from Blizzard”, a story of various lives (criminal and otherwise) which come together in a snowbound motel during a fierce blizzard.

The band mixes the personal and the political to good effect, always with a melody and bringing noise or quiet as required. The influences of the American avant guard can be found, with the likes of the Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500, the Go-Betweens and Shack, all to be found mixed in amongst the real originality of their songs and sound.

2019 will also see the release of their fourth album “Red”, and set off on tour with the promise that all their earnings will be donated to anti-fascist organisations Hope Not Hate and Stand Up to Racism.

THE TOTAL REJECTION.
A garage-psych-pop band from Bristol.
Formed in 2018, the band feature many well known indie-faces who have made many records in many bands in as many years.
Their simple desire is to play garage rock music, taking their inspiration from 1960’s bands such as The Sonics, The Seeds, Electric Prunes etc, mixing it with the pop-punk bands of the late 70’s The Undertones (where the name came from!) The Milkshakes & Buzzcocks, and just a hint of Spaced Rock ; Spacemen 3, Loop etc, while at the same time aiming not to look or sound deliberately retro.
Their songs are current. The lyrics are mostly about the now, the - what’s happening.
There’s nothing retro about their minds.
They released their first album on Raving Pop Blast! Records (Wrapping Yourself In Silver Foil Won’t Save You From The Blast) in 2018, which received critical acclaim, radio plays and has sold better than anyone, band included, expected!
January 1st saw the release of a limited edition 7” ‘ Bridget (Song For Billy Childish)’ , which sold out in a matter of days.
The second album (Everybody Knows What You Don’t Know) will be released mid 2019, and promises to be a colourful pop explosion of sounds.
Live the band are exciting and fresh! With journalists comparing their raw energy to the likes of The Who in 1965 and the punk bands of the late 70’s.
GARAGE ROCK HAS NO PLACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THEM OUT!

THE VAT EGG IMPOSITION

A music band made from Leeds based ingredients.

https://www.facebook.com/thevateggimposition/


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Cut the Moves
May
9
to May 10

Cut the Moves

Cut the Mustard presents: Cut the Moves

Come down to Hyde Park Book Club modelling your finest mustard and get ready to cut some shapes. Fundraising for our degree show, there'll be totes on sale with some of the finest art on show, and don't miss the dance off with mustard rewards.

DJs TO BE ANNOUNCED

Tickets will be available on the door: no mustard no entry. Come down early to avoid disappointment.

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Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee Book Launch
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee Book Launch

Book launch for Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee by Helen Mort and Aaron Meskin

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics, HPBC and The State of the Arts.

What happens when poetry and philosophy connect? Over coffee at Leeds' Opposite Cafe, award-winning poet Helen Mort and Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics Aaron Meskin set out to answer that very question. They came up with an intriguing idea for a creative dialogue: Aaron would select essays from a range of philosophers who think and write about art and aesthetic matters, Helen would respond to them with an original poem, then the authors of the original papers would respond to the poems.
The result is an engrossing and multi-faceted series of conversations, which (like all the best coffee-shop discussions) take a variety of unexpected turns – topics discussed include the art of tattooing, graffiti, Belle & Sebastian, food, rock climbing and whether there's such a thing as bad art. With the project now collected in this unique, innovative publication from Valley Press, readers of poetry, philosophy, and even those new to both can join the authors for a coffee and a fascinating journey through modern thought.

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Stats, Live in Leeds
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Stats, Live in Leeds

Brudenell presents...

Stats
+ Fwar

07.05.2019 | £7.00 ADVANCE (+stbf) | 19:30 Doors

https://www.musicglue.com/stats/
https://www.facebook.com/statsstatsstats/

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“If there was a mission, then it was to create something like absurd office funk,” says Stats’ Ed Seed, recalling the birth of his band.

He was working a series of banal London office jobs, but rather than switch off or despair, Seed used this conventionally sterile backdrop for creative inspiration. “It was about taking things that are considered boring or are overlooked,” he says. “If you stare at anything long enough, it becomes weird.”

Staring into the infinite oddness of office life was interrupted when Seed “fluked” his way into La Roux’s band - which itself proved a further inspiration for the evolution of Stats. “I'd always been in scrappy indie bands,” he recalls. “Then I met Elly and her crew and thought ‘wow’. This kind of pop music, I always thought it only happened over in Hammersmith, you had to have tens of thousands of pounds and a major label. But I realised you didn’t need a huge budget to make something more stylish than your average band.”

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Nice People Exhibition / Bank Holiday All-Dayer
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Nice People Exhibition / Bank Holiday All-Dayer

Nice People are excited to present a bank holiday all-dayer featuring some of our favourite nice people in Leeds.

Backyard:

ALL DAY PARTY

Dman and Friends
GROSS Studio

[More acts to be announced soon] :) :)


Basement:

EXHIBITION

Over the past couple of months, nice people have been sending us lovely artwork and we are super excited to share it with everyone.

If you'd like to get involved, don’t stress! There is still time to submit your work - the deadline is 15th April. Submissions of all disciplines are welcome, but we ask that you use the theme of ‘Nice People’ as a starting point.

Send your questions and ideas over to allthesenicepeople@gmail.com, we look forward to hearing from you.

FEATURED ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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Brutus
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Brutus

Brudenell presents...

Brutus
+ Special Guests

http://www.wearebrutus.com
https://www.facebook.com/wearebrutus/

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Stefanie, Stijn and Peter teamed up to start Brutus in 2013. They all met while playing in different bands from the same region of Leuven (Belgium). In merging their different ideas and musical tastes they have formed a strong union, both musically and personally.Drummer vocalist Stefanie mixes black-metal blast beats with math-rock flourishes whilst belting out the most impassioned vocals, shifting from deceptively melodic to out-right larynx-punishing in the blink of an eye. Guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden takes ethereal post-rock tones to hardcore punk levels of speed and energy aside Peter Mulders powerful sub-frequency shifts. It’s the way in which the band mixes post-rock construction, metal dynamics with hardcore energy and prog rock all the while lacing it with pure pop melodies that make Brutus’ sound so unique and all their own. Brutus’ debut album BURST (2017) was released by Hassle Records in UK and Europe, and then later by Sargent House for USA and the rest of the World. In 2017-2018 they have toured extensively all over Europe, playing many large festivals as well as direct support to Russian Circles, Thrice and Chelsea Wolfe on their European tours.With a new album slated for release in early 2019, they are ready for more. Trouble comes in threes, so does Brutus.

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Live at Leeds Festival 2019
May
4
to May 5

Live at Leeds Festival 2019

Live at Leeds 2019 – The North’s Leading Metropolitan Festival! Showcasing New Music in various venues, all day, across Leeds.

The next Live at Leeds 2019 announcement is here! 🎉🍾💥

Joining Sundara Karma, Tom Grennan, METRONOMY are Drenge, Kate Tempest, Sam Fender & The Sherlocks

Renowned as the first place to hear the essential sounds of the year ahead, Live At Leeds returns bringing together the names and bands that’ll be on everyone’s lips for the next 12 months, and the chance to find your new favourite band first for a day of live music like no other.

Also included in the line-up are:

Black Honey, Dream Wife, Goat Girl, SWIM DEEP, vant, The Academic, Confidence Man, Easy Life, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Slow Readers Club, Elder Island, Lauren Aquilina, Marsicans, Mini Mansions, Skinny Living, whenyoung

APRE, BLOXX, Cavetown, C Duncan, Elli Ingram, Gengahr, Indoor Pets, Fatherson, KAWALA, Larkins, No Hot Ashes, RedFaces, Sports Team, The Snuts, ZUZU

404 / AARON SMITH / AERIS ROVES / AK PATTERSON / ALEX FRANCIS / ALLIGATOR / ALTOPALO / ANOTHER SKY / AVERAGE JOE
BEABADOOBEE / BENIN CITY / BESSIE TURNER / BIG SOCIETY / BILK / BODY TYPE / BRAND NEW FRIEND / BRUNSWICK / BUZZARD BUZZARD BUZZARD CHAPPAQUA WRESTLING / CHILDCARE / CRUEL WORLD / CURB / DAN D'LION / DANCING ON TABLES / DAYO BELLO / DBOY
DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA / DECLAN WELSH AND THE DECADENT WEST / DELILAH MONTAGU / ED THE DOG / EVE BELLE / EVERYONE YOU KNOW
FAR CASPIAN / FERRIS & SYLVESTER / FUR / FUZZY SUN / GENTLY TENDER / GIANT ROOKS / GREATEST HITS / HEAVY LUNGS / HEAVY RAPIDS
HORROR MY FRIEND / HOT MILK / HOTEL LUX / HOUSEHOLD DOGS / IN YOUR PRIME / IVORY WAVE / JAKE GERMAIN
JAMES GILLESPIE / JEFFE / JESSE JO STARK / JOHN BUCKLEY / JVCK JAMES / KINGSWOOD / KOJAQUE / KWASSA / LAURAN HIBBERD
LE BOOM / LICE / LION / LOWLY / LUCAS WATT / LUVIA / MAE MULLER / MALENA ZAVALA / MAX RAD / MILLIE TURNER / ODINA / ørmstons
PATAWAWA / PIZZAGIRL / RACHEL CHINOURIRI / RETRO VIDEO CLUB / RUSTON KELLY / RUTHANNE / SAD BOYS CLUB / SAINT AGNES
SALTWATER SUN / SAM TOMPKINS / SEA LEGS / SHADOWLARK / SINEAD CAMPBELL / SOPHIE AND THE GIANTS / SPIELBERGS / SPINN / SQUID
SUN SILVA / SUNSHINE FRISBEE LASERBEAM / SWIMMING GIRLS / SWIMMING TAPES / TALKBOY / TAMU MASSIF / TAMZENE / TEEFF
TERTIA MAY / THE COLLIER / THE DUNTS / THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV / THE HUBBARDS / THE MYSTERINES / THE PEARL HARTS
THE SKINNER BROTHERS / THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES / THYLA / TRANQUA LITE / VC PINES / WALT DISCO / WILD YOUTH / WOOZE & MORE!


Acts such as Sam Smith, The 1975, Royal Blood, Stormzy, Blossoms, Rag 'n' Bone Man and many more have graced the stages of Live At Leeds in previous years, before breaking through to bigger things!

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Brazilian Wax presents 'Viagem': Beyond Brazil's Borders
May
3
to May 4

Brazilian Wax presents 'Viagem': Beyond Brazil's Borders

In these bleak times of back-and-forth Brexiting, Brazilian Wax believes in connecting countries and going beyond Brazil’s beach-lined and jungle-fringed borders. That’s why, for our next party, we’re very excited to be bringing through some close friends of ours to spin sounds from the world over, putting the music of Brazil in a more global setting.

Opening the night will be no other than Frito&Hermano, dishing up a polychrome concoction of old-skool funk, soul and disco. Having been cutting their teeth to sold-out crowds alongside, soul sistas and funk soul bruthas, 0800 Disco, they’ve started throwing their own Cool Beans parties, serving up healthy pulses aplenty and, in their own words, “letting it all hang out”.

Joining them will be our headliner Eruchie, Paywall co-founder and KMAH/Social Radio regular. With Eruchie’s eclectic taste (stretching from the depths of electro and techno to afrobeat and the Nigerian music of his family heritage) expect some big and bad sounds to grace the Book Club basement.

As always, we’ll be serving hot and sizzling samba, Afro-Brazilian, Soul, Disco and modern Brazilian electronics in a celebration of all things Brazil.

Proceeds to Favela Brass

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TOM SPEIGHT
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

TOM SPEIGHT

Tom Speight is making up for lost time. Laid low by illness, beset by problems both personal and professional, the songwriter returned to what he does best: writing songs.

Using his convalescence as a musical break, Tom found that music simply tumbled forth, a torrent of ideas, a flood of melody. “I wanted to do it,” he says. “I came out of a big relationship – four or five years – and then I was pretty low. I’d just come out of two major operations, so it was a good, cathartic way of getting on with things.”

“You have to live life, don’t you? Get your heart broken, meet someone and start something new. Experience things.”

Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom Speight finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four Eps were released across 12 months, racking up more than 12 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.

“It’s amazing, yeah,” he admits with a smile. “We went to number one in Brazil. We were number seven in the global viral chart, and number one in their viral chart. Nothing’s changed, really. I always thought the songs were good, otherwise I wouldn’t have put them out there.”

Supremely confident in his own work, Tom has developed a close relationship to producer Chris Bond. Working at Bond’s barnyard studio - “No phone signal, no internet… there’s not even running water!” - the pair focus purely on music, getting as close to the songs as they possibly can.

“We did all the foundations live,” he explains. “And then strings, cello, and piano we’d put over it afterwards as overdubs. I think you can hear it in the songs, that it’s not polished. It’s a human thing, which I think is missing in music.”

“I could give him a dozen songs and he knew pretty much exactly what he was going to do with them. And that was a great feeling, as well. He had a real vision for them.”

As a kid, Tom Speight listened endlessly to those early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’ Autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damian Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.

That connection is something that fans feel, too. An entirely organic success story, Tom Speight has returned from the brink to find success in the only way he knows how – great songwriting, delivered on each and every gig. “Fans call me ‘friend’ - they think I’m their friend!” he exclaims. “I write messages for them when they buy the deluxe CD. You feel like you get to know people. I know what some of them do for jobs or how their wife is or something like that. It’s that nice feeling of having personal interactions with the fans. It’s important.”

With four more Eps planned for 2017 – and countless international shows on the books – Tom Speight is able to relax a little, to breathe a little easier. “I think there’s been months where I haven’t written a song,” he shrugs. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing, though. I don’t think you should force them out.”

Wholly natural and completely organic, Tom Speight is able to find success at his own pace. Time to get caught up.

£8.00 advance (+stbf)

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Madame Jazz / Freya Roy + Kashu
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Madame Jazz / Freya Roy + Kashu

Madame Jazz presents Freya Roy's UK album launch tour with support from Kashu on Wednesday May 1st.

Freya Roy
MOBO's & Help Musician's supported artist Freya Roy brings her debut album 'AHLKE' UK tour to Hyde Park Book Club on May 1st where she will be performing songs from the album for the first time with her full band soon after the album's release on April 29th. Freya will be joined by UK jazz pianist and composer, David Austin Grey, drummer Greg Burns from Leeds-based Neo Soul/Afrobeat-inspired band, Necktr, and Leeds bassist Sam Williams.

Combining hip-hop, jazz and Neo-Soul Freya's sound is driven by luscious harmonies, catchy melodic hooks and soulful R&B grooves. Kicking off the release with the debut single 'Midnight Train' in February, it's easy to understand why she's receiving support from both inside and outside of the industry.
The Norwich based musician, producer and label owner has spent years patiently refining her sound throughout her studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music where she was tutored by Abstract Orchestra's musical director, Rob Mitchell.

Freya is dropping AHLKE under her independent label FCR music, founded in 2012 to help change the perception and visibility of women and minorities in the creative industries. The album has been an exciting project with the likes of some of Submotion Orchestra's top players on the record including Si Beddoe (flugel) pianist and composer Taz Modi and mix engineer Dom Howard.

2019 is set to be a big year for Freya which kicks off this spring with the release and UK tour of 'AHLKE' in April.

Kashu
Performing as a trio for us this evening with Ozzy Moysey on double bass and Joe Love on drums, Kashu soothe and scintillate with their rich undulating sounds. Olivia Bhattacharjee's (Noya Rao) exiting new originals project is set to get your soul swaying - Olivia's songwriting is captivating and unique. Keep your eyes peeled for Kashu's debut EP which has just been recorded at Henwood Studios.

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The Caravan of Dreams/Emily Mercer
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Caravan of Dreams/Emily Mercer

An evening of terrific entertaining music and warm up gig for The Caravan of Dreams ahead of the "Tales of Dark & Light" album launch May 11th. See http://nickcody.co.uk/audio/ for some preview tracks.
Nick Cody - Vocals and stringed instruments
Agi - Vocals
Fergus Quill - Double bass
Jed Bevingston - violin
Rich Ferdi - percussion

Support from the superb Emily Mercer who has just released her new EP 'Transparency"
This is a pay as you feel event

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Victim, Complex - Extra Date - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Victim, Complex - Extra Date - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

I mean, I will instantly regret this but here’s a second date for Leeds!

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex (Sold Out) 7.30


Kiri is back with her latest and greatest show to date, Victim Complex. Make sure you catch this unique, insightful, and utterly hilarious rising star of stand-up!

You might have seen Kiri on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour or heard her on The Now Show. You might have no idea who she is, that's fine too. What you should know is, she's very quietly been going mad for a few years and, to borrow a phrase from Uma Thurman, she's been 'waiting... to feel less angry'. So, it's time to talk about victims, love and lies. You might not believe her, but she's used to that.

★★★★★ - “This show was heart-wrenchingly, tear-jerkingly funny, with an honest sentiment and an empowering message”
The Voice

★★★★★ - “Fusing humour with biting reality in a way that is very powerful”
Three Weeks

★★★★ - “Making powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects”
Guardian

★★★★ - “Ballsy and funny, and smart”
Chortle

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Alphabet Soup Exhibition/Book Launch
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Alphabet Soup Exhibition/Book Launch

COME AND CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF OUR FIRST BOOK!

Alphabet Soup is a one of a kind publication showcasing collage artists from around the world! It has exclusive interviews and work from some of the best in contemporary collage, in a beautiful full-colour limited edition book. Come and celebrate it's launch with us at our FREE exhibition, where you can view and buy work from the artists involved!

Keep up to date with our artist announcements: https://www.instagram.com/alphabet.soup.publishing/

Subscribe for updates and pre-order from 15.04.19 at:
www.alphabetsouppublishing.com

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Maisie Peters
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Maisie Peters

With her tuneful acoustic folk-pop songs and youthful charm, British singer/songwriter Maisie Peters earned a widespread YouTube following in the mid-2010s. In 2017, when Peters was 17 years old, her debut single, "Place We Were Made," became a viral hit, amassing millions of streams and she comes to Hyde Park Book Club in April 2019

Support from: Plested

FFO - Grace Carter / Freya Ridings
🎧 - https://spoti.fi/2DD4Z57

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Niknak: Serato/Vinyl Mixing Workshop
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Niknak: Serato/Vinyl Mixing Workshop

Up the long long Headingly Lane, in the safe safe Hyde Park Book Club, in the snug snug Snug Bar NikNak will be hosting a Vinyl mixing workshop! For tips and tricks and for anyone who's wanted to have a go but just hasn't got round to it yet!

Niknak's DJ skills and contribution to the Leeds DJ scene is second to none! Involving herself in workshops, volunteering, gigs, dabbling in production and hosting her own radio show called 'Backstage' on BBC Radio Leeds!

It's free and EVERYONE is welcome but there are limited tickets so grab one whilst you can!

Equipment Provided.

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Darling, Can't You Hear Me? - ABBA zine launch
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Darling, Can't You Hear Me? - ABBA zine launch

CHIQUITITAS, we’re throwing an ABBA party to celebrate the launch of ‘Darling, Can’t You Hear Me?’ - a literary magazine devoted to ABBA.

This will be at Hyde Park Book Club in The Snug, Friday 26th April at 8pm!!!

With live readings from:

Jack Emsden
Hannah Hobson
Mim Spindlove
Alex Vann
Joe WIlliams
Maria Żukowska

And special cross-Atlantic internet performances from some of our international contributors!!!

We’ll be selling copies of the zine. There’ll also be live art and portraits from illustrator Mollypukes and ABBA KARAOKE.

‘Darling, Can’t You Hear Me?’ is the first issue of Pop! Goes My Heart, a new Leeds based lit zine for artists who love popstars.

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EYRE LLEW - Leeds (Split EP Release Tour)
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

EYRE LLEW - Leeds (Split EP Release Tour)

EYRE LLEW will be touring the UK, playing a string of intimate shows to celebrate the release of a new Split EP collaboration they recorded with their South Korean tour exchange friends, 끝없는잔향속에서우리는 In the endless zanhyang we are.

The split began in 2018 between Asia tour dates when both bands went into the studio together during their time in Seoul. It marks the end of an international tour exchange and an incredible time on the road together. We can't wait for you to hear it. Learn more at: www.eyrellew.com
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All shows are £8.
Supports tbc.
14+

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Mr Ben & the Bens live in Leeds
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mr Ben & the Bens live in Leeds

Join the Party as Mr Ben & the Bens head out on their second headline UK tour in 6 months!

With support from label pals
Family Selection Box

and more TBA!

BUILDING on the success of their first year, DIY-pop favourites Mr Ben & the Bens are releasing two of their most popular songs on a limited 7”.
The release comes just as the band embarks on its second headline tour of the UK in just a few months.

Released on Bingo Records, the Nova Scotia 7” sees the band put out two live favourites, along with a vinyl-only bonus track.
It showcases a band known for their excellent live show taking that chemistry into the studio and recording as a unit for the first time.
Ben explained: “The tracks were recorded over a four-day holiday in Margate at PRAH Studios. We arranged the songs as a live unit and recorded them in the same way. We used loads of percussion and old analogue synths; going for a new wave sort of sound inspired by power pop and Elvis Costello.

“Nova Scotia is about finding footage of a festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia called Pop Explosion on YouTube, which is still going. I saw videos of the festival in the 90s and it seemed like a real destination for alternative art and music with people travelling from all over the world to be there.
“I love the idea of fringe places becoming the centre of something, so I guess that song is about learning about that, but also about being able to do it from the comfort of my bedroom in this information age.

“Valley of Moons is about the Lune Valley where I am from. The etymology of the place name has its roots in the lunar cycles. The song is written from the perspective of somebody living in the small town I grew up in planning to murder their boss on the full moon, but eventually bottling it.”
Mr Ben & the Bens broke through in 2018, receiving regular airplay on BBC 6 Music and performing live in session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show three times.

Speaking of his music, Mr Ben said: “This project was born in a barn in northern Lancashire in 2012.
I became obsessed with recording music on the side of other projects, one day the side project became a live outfit and everything just seemed to click. I’m not a great musician technically speaking, I play guitar upside down and the keyboard with two fingers but I guess I’ve always been into music that was made by untrained ears. I value the approach of someone who doesn’t know the rules,’

The band has also been played on a number of other UK radio stations, as well as across the world in America, Canada and Australia.
Last year they had their first headline UK tour.They have also played with The Wave Pictures, The Lovely Eggs and British Sea Power, earning great numbers of fans along the way.
Nova Scotia comes as a limited edition coloured vinyl in a screen printed PVC sleeve. Included is a zine, artwork and a number of other special items. Another secret track is also included on the vinyl, and will only be released in the physical format.
It is due for release on April 13, 2019.
For more information email bingorecs@gmail.com

Praise for Mr Ben & the Bens
Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music (re: The Bluest Blues): "This is a great tune, I like it an awful lot. One of my tracks of the year." “ Perfect Pop”
Piccadilly Records, Manchester: “It's an intoxicating combination of excellently written melodies and perfectly fitting vocal strafes.”
Clash Magazine, ‘Prolific, Lo-fi Pop type’

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Fudge. / Wuzi / Mega Happy
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fudge. / Wuzi / Mega Happy

Fudge.

Watch this > https://youtu.be/pENBYaTainQ

Press quotes:

'To describe this as merely a gig would be an understatement, it’s an experience, a shared exhilarating experience.'

'I was left overwhelmed, buzzing with excitement (and slightly disappointed that I hadn’t said to myself ‘fuck it, I’m not reviewing this, I want to be part of it’ and plunged into the moshing crowd)'

'I miss gigs like these, I miss that madness, that group madness, that a band who truly connect with their audience can generate.'

'You need to go and see Fudge play, you must go and see Fudge play, if you want to see a band who generate that energy, that excitement, go and see them as soon as you can.'

'Treading their own path, without caring a flying fuck what people think of it.'

'In terms of energy it was like witnessing a hand grenade detonate in a bin'

'Christ The Redeemer in an Adidas track jacket'

'Tight, driving and ferocious riffs combined with aggressive vocals fuel banger after banger'

'At times I had to abandon my fellow editor Beth just because I wanted to throw myself around in the mosh pits. I have zero shame about that.'

“Crowd surfing, mosh pits, lots of sweary banter and a band who have the kind of cocky attitude that will probably have as many people hating them as love them.”

FUDGE. are the catalyst between you and a good time. Be ready to wrap your ears around funky verses and a riot of stomping riffs that will have you moshing, with their explosive live performance.
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WUZI

https://youtu.be/nVUMmqwbs4c

“Making waves wherever they go. Combining the intensity of Radiohead with effects laden guitars and occasional bursts of noise, they're definitely ones to watch out for” - Drowned in Sound

“They have a whirlwind of influences which can leave you wonderfully stunned' – GIGsoup

“Have crafted a sound that sounds like a band years into their career - definitely one to look out for.” - Mind Noise Network

Tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Alan Raw (BBC Intro), who’s stage they appeared on at Reading and Leeds Festival 2018.

These Leeds based slacker rockers were the headline band at Indie Week Festival in Toronto, and have appeared at Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City
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Mega Happy

'A band to watch, they really are that good' - Local Sound Focus
'Quite frankly upsetting' - Lucy's Music Blog

https://soundcloud.com/megahappyband

'My kids love it' - Mother of 4 from Armley

A Leeds group formed in 2016, who know their way around their instruments and are not afraid to use catchy hooks as a blunt instrument to beat their audience till they bop. Their dark lyricism which is 'quite frankly upsetting' (Lucy's Music blog), couples with joyous music to give them a stand out quality.
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£7 Adv from Crash Records, Skiddle, or bands. £9 OTD. 16+ event.

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