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Leeds gets brand new venue ‘The Church’



For 25 years, Dave Beer and Back To Basics have been at the forefront and cutting edge of dance music and popular culture, always evolving and moving with the times, constantly looking for new talent as well as paying homage to its influences. Now all that knowledge and understanding is getting poured into a brand new and exciting venture, Church, in the heart of Leeds.

Church is located on Woodhouse Lane, and the building is complete with an adjoining 500 capacity chapel, which will double as both a music venue and street food emporium/bar throughout the week. Teaming up with Aaron Mellor (Tokyo Industries) and Peter Hook (New Order), who together own Manchester’s Factory Records and The Haçienda, as well as Digital in Newcastle and South in Manchester, Dave will serve as the club’s creative director and visionary.

After a special opening party on September 30th, the likes of Good Life, Cave Rave, Paradise and of course Back to Basics will all hosts events with DJs like DJ Deeon, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Matthias Tanzmann and many more.

“English clubbing has become substandard with everywhere being the same,” says Dave. “There’s no individuality. This is going to be a safe space for all with no attention to detail spared”. With Church, Dave will be taking everyone to the seminal era of clubs like Studio 54 and The Paradise Garage. “Once you’re through the hallowed doors, you’ll be somewhere otherworldly. Somewhere to express yourself and lose your inhibitions… Expect the unexpected. We are looking forward to giving something back. Come and do your thing, you know the dance. We love you”.

First events.. 
30th September – TBA
1st October – TBA
8th October – Back To Basics w/ Damian Lazarus, Ralph Lawson, James Holroyd & Dave Beer
14th October – Groove2 & Defected presents Sam Divine
21st October – Cave Rave w/ Santé, Sidney Charles, Matthias Tanzmann & Katja
28th October – Good Life
29th October – Back To Basics Halloween Party
31st October – Church Halloween Party All Halloween Events w/ Full Decor
3rd November – Dance Mania w/ DJ Deeon & more TBA
12th November – MASS Line Up TBA
18th November – We Are
26th November – Back To Basics 25th Anniversary
9th December – Paradise w/ Jamie Jones, wAFF

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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