DIY Leeds is online zine showcasing what's on in Leeds. We feature nightlife, independent businesses, promoters and collectives through creative spotlights and interviews.
I need to stop going to gigs on acid. Well, I don’t, because it’s brilliant, but I probably should when I intend to review them objectively because it makes everything sound so completely different. Tunes sound four dimensional. Mixing on acid is either awesome or impossible. But anyway, I digress… I’d not actually even been … Read More
Alongside pineapples and Salvador Dali, the flamingo is one of nature’s greatest achievements when it comes to expressing flamboyance and ridiculousness. That combination of elegant head and ludicrous beak; the penchant for standing on one leg; their insistence on eating only food that makes their feathers pink… they are Eurovision, Pride and Divine rolled into … Read More
I’m generally not the sort of person who orders a drink and stands in silence until it arrives, and much prefer to exchange a pleasantry or two with the dutiful dispenser. Bar folk are often cut from a particular cloth, so there’s often the added benefit of some amusing patter in return; gawd bless good … Read More
We caught up with On Rotation residents Chris I’Anson, Alex T and Marlon Morris ahead of their fourth birthday party with Katiusha and CCL at Open Source Arts tonight… DIY Leeds: So tell us about how you got started? Chris: Well there’s only one original member left Alex: Chris is the oldest member Chris: That was … Read More
We caught up with Sub:Terranea resident and promoter Rory Flynn ahead of the last Sub:Terranea Social at 212. The night will be moving to Doghouse in December. They’ve also been doing parties at Wire since 2014, after starting out in York five years ago. Rory Flynn at Wire So, you’re leaving 212 and moving to … Read More
As one bungles through life knocking into other human traffic on their own respective journeys, it’s impossible to avoid at some point becoming unwillingly embroiled in debates one may find boring. For me, one such divisive topic of discussion is the economy. I know it’s all very important in many ways, but competitive craic over … Read More
We met up with Al Bradley ahead of his gig at Sheaf Street this Friday. I caught up with him at 212 along with my mate, Marcus Kitchen, who’s EP Into The Wild was released on Al’s label 3am Recordings in 2015. 3am Recordings celebrates its fifteenth birthday this year and has recently started pressing … Read More
So your weekend is over and it was the same old story: A few casual halves after work on Friday and the old “yeah, I’m just having a quiet one, I reckon”. Then before you knew it, it was Monday night, you woke up on a stranger’s couch, covered in grass stains and feathers, you … Read More
The Bad Ornament resident artists are showing and selling prints at Outlaws Yacht Club Check out work from Lee Mascall, Roya Brehl, Josefus Haze, Jessica Young and Vilija Milasuite. Their exhibition runs until the 28th of September.
Another great line up from Butter Side Up, I was looking forward to this one. This was a Leeds debut for Gene On Earth, and the second time in August I’d be catching a set from The Ghost, and from Hamish and Toby. When I first moved to Leeds, I used to go to Butter … Read More
We caught up with folk metal artist Theresa Terzonie (Tree) a couple of weeks ago… DIY: So tell me a bit about your band… Tree: So basically my name is Tree and I’m like a folk and metal artist. So, for the past three years, I’ve worked alongside session musicians, and they’ve developed the band … Read More
“People are strange when you’re a stranger”, said some bloke somwhere sometime. And he was right; people are indeed strange, though I’d argue that the less of a stranger someone becomes to you, the stranger to you they become (if you catch my drift). As one with a fondness for strangeness, I’ve been captivated by … Read More
I went along to the Dimensions / Tribe night at Wire on Friday night… Alex T and Simon Scott were opening, playing some dark electro. The club was filled with smoke – more so than usual – which went well with the music. The tunes were brutal and spectacular. A much heavier opening set than … Read More
Ahead of their night Space Ritual with Luv*Jam & Sequential (Live) at Wharf Chambers tomorrow night, we caught up with Slacky to talk about the event and label… We’re looking forward to your night. Always like to hear a live set. Tell us a bit about the DJs/producers We’re beaming down Luv*Jam who doesn’t mess about. … Read More
Skint Store is committed to promoting new artists and designers in Leeds, and in their own words their aim is, ‘spread amazing art at reasonable prices for all to afford’. These guys currently have a store in Hyde Park Book Club that primarily sells tees, as well as a tidy range of cards, stickers, zines … Read More