Leeds has one of the most diverse clubs scenes in the UK, and guest selectors and residents alike take throwing parties seriously here.
Despite having been home to now-legendary names like Back to Basics and Hessle Audio, Leeds' spot in the history of British clubbing culture is relatively undocumented – at least in comparison to, say, neighbouring cities Manchester and Sheffield. But don’t be mistaken: in terms of big bookings in smaller clubs like Wire and The HiFi Club, Leeds regularly punches above its weight.
Leeds also has a great roster of homegrown club nights and promoters, like Butter Side Up, who arguably have the more underground side of house music in Leeds locked down and usually operate out of Wire on Call Lane. The HiFi Club has some great regular club nights including MoveOnUp (for Stax, Tamla Motown and Northern Soul) and FunkSoulNation (hip-hop, disco and funk). The underground club scene is healthy, too, with various under-the-radar nights, like Cosmic Slop, preferring secret locations over traditional clubs.
Grime fans will want to head to Jamz, Elijah and Skilliam's reliably raucous celebration of underground talent, which has developed a cult following in Leeds and sells out venues as vast as the city's Warehouse Meanwhile, Leeds’ answer to The Warehouse Project, Canal Mills, offers some of the most exciting lineups in the UK, all taking place in a vast retired mill space on the fringe of the city.
On top of all that, recently established radio station KMAH broadcasts daily out of Leeds city centre, its vast range of selectors offering just a taste of the dance and electronic music (and beyond) that's constantly being rediscovered around the M62. If you want to know more about the scene in Leeds, and hear from some great Leeds - and North-based DJs, it’s well worth tuning in.