As students, we are constantly trying to find the balance between social and study, whilst somehow sticking to a tight budget. After a tough first semester, many of us will be looking to celebrate before getting fully immersed into semester two, so I have put together a list of the top five gigs happening in Leeds under £10.
Novelist (UK Grime)
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, Thursday 31 Jan.
Tickets from £10.
After a standout feature on Skepta’s 2016 album ‘Konnichiwa’, Lewisham MC Novelist has risen through the scene to become one of Grime’s biggest stars. Building on a career of freestyles and radio-sets, Novelist has risen to the next level, releasing his debut album, ‘Novelist Guy’, a self-produced 15 track masterpiece. At only 21, Novelist has shown his diversity as a skilled producer and IVW ambassador, as well as coveted features on Chase & Status singles ‘NRG’ and ‘Bigger Man Sound’.
SKANKANDBASSLEEDS (UK DNB)
Wire Club, Leeds, Tuesday 5 Feb.
Tickets from £5.
If drum and bass is more your cup of tea, then seeing SKANDANDBASSLEEDS at one of Leeds best venues, Wire, is a no brainer. Bringing some of the best underground DJ’s in the UK together for a night of drum and bass magic. Whether you’re a hardcore drum and bass fan or you’re looking for a new sound, then this is the perfect event to get a feel for the scene whilst also keeping it cheap and cheerful.
UP4: A History of Jungle (Jungle/Bass/Funk)
The Old Red Bust Station, Leeds, Saturday 9 Feb.
Tickets from £3.
If you’re looking for a bit more variety, then you are sure to love UP4’s opening party, which merges old-school jungle with funky grime & bass across two rooms in one of Leeds’ most unique and intimate venues.
Headlined by Jungle legend Ray Keith, with a capacity of 300, make sure you’re there for one of the most exclusive and unmissable live music events of the year so far.
Mella Dee: All night Long (UK House-Techno)
Hifi Club, Leeds, Friday 15 Feb.
Tickets from £7.
If Techno is more your scene then this one’s for you. Mella Dee combines House and Techno together to create a unique blend of sound that is growing in popularity in the rave scene. His hit single, ‘Techno Disco Tool’ has over 4 million streams on Spotify and was followed by a diverse new EP at the end of last year.
Breathe Panel (UK Indie/Alt-Rock)
Hyde Park Book Club Café, Leeds, Wednesday 20 Feb.
Tickets from £5.
If club nights aren’t your thing then Hyde Park Book Club is the perfect venue, hosting up ad coming Indie band Breathe Panel. The quadruplet formed after becoming mates at uni and went on to release their debut album last year, which was recorded and produced in Leeds.
The band blend atmospheric, alternative guitar sounds with catchy vocals to create a feel-good sound that makes for easy listening, hinting at their potential as up and comers in the alternative scene.