Leeds seems to be doing things really right at the moment. The Garage, Melbourne Street Studios, Musicquarium, Wharf Chambers... The City's starting to host some really inspirational new venues, which are absolutely amazing at going a little bit mad and pulling out a few too many dance moves in.
So when news reached us about yet another venue opening on the outskirts of the City, our initial thoughts where dubious. Then we looked into it. I'm talking of course about this place.
The place with illustration collective Technicolour Moon. They'll create an outside wall mural, alongside an exhibition of their work, to mark the start of a series of similar projects.
The place putting on Simian Mobile Disco, 2 Bears, Tensnake and Julio Bashmore on their opening night. Oh by the way, in October MR SCRUFF will be playing. As you do.
The place with a Moon Booth
I'm talking about Canal Mills.
An imposing, 19th century textile mill, Canal Mills will reopen as Leeds' most innovative new multi-arts and music venue this Autumn. Masterminded by Leeds based events company Sound Channel, Canal Mills will showcase an array of electronic music events, live gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical projects and film screenings.
Situated adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the venue sits on the outskirts of the city centre and was originally one of the cities leading textile mills during the industrial boom of the 19th century. In celebration of the venue's illustrious history, Sound Channel are exploring an eclectic roster of music, visual arts, theatre and film talent from across the UK who will be showcasing their existing work alongside new pieces that are inspired by the building's industrial heritage.
The Canal Mills opening weekend kicks off on Friday, 28th September 2012 when the venue will welcome acclaimed DJ’s Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore, Tensnake and The 2 Bears. On Saturday, 29th September, Metropolis presents the Skreamizm tour, which is headed up by BBC Radio One DJ Skream. The opening weekend will also include an unrivalled programme from the city’s most respected promoters and arts collectives.
Both nights will be a memorable introduction to the mainstay venue in Leeds. A series of installations will provide a backdrop to the venue's events, inspired by its history as a textile mill, courtesy of aesthetic construction team Mad Ferret. The venue will partner with time honoured electronic club nights Wax:On and Metropolis, along with other esteemed labels, attracting culture vultures both locally and across the UK to this phenomenal new space. Canal Mills will work with local and emerging art connoisseurs to open up doors for students and other rising artists.
In the next few months we'll be seeing the likes of Mr Scruff, Maya Jane Coles, David Rodigan, Benga & Youngman, Ralph Larson and Friction grace the venue. Should I be this excited?