A former assembly hall built in the early 1900s and located in Leeds' vibrant Northern Quarter, the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen will provide artists and performers with a unique new platform in one of the UK's most creative cities . Opening with an adventurous and exciting programme of contemporary electronic, rock, folk and popular music, alongside film, art and food , the initial music listings reveal bands such as Future of The Left, Spectrals, M£m, Daedelus and Sweet Baboo with many more events and artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
The venue will be operated by Leeds promoters Simon Stevens and Ash Kollakowski. Having created brands such as Constellations, Beacons Festival and The Iron Wagon and previously programmed events at Nation Of Shopkeepers, The Cockpit and other venues across Leeds, the pair have also launched a new promotions company Super Friendz which will manage the new venue's programming and provide a new home for their existing events.
"Between Ash and myself we've been promoting shows and festivals in Leeds and cities across the north of England for over twenty years and in some way have been inspired by every venue we've been to, in both negative and positive ways. When the idea for the venue came about we where were both at a point in our careers where we wanted to create something a bit more tangible, we both wanted to work in an environment over which we had a bit more control so we could help turn each event into an amazing experience for both the artists and audience members." Simon Stevens
"Leeds already has some great venues but we think there's room for something new alongside places like The Brudenell Social Club and The Cockpit. When looking at what makes an amazing venue today, people's expectations have definitely changed. It's not just about the music anymore. We wanted to create a space we would curate properly , from the bookings to the food and drink, from the artwork to the way bar staff interact with customers. Every element of the venue is really important to us." Ash Kollakowski
Alongside an awesome programme of arts and live music the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen is set to launch with a hot bed of food talent. The venue boasts two kitchens, one operated by the adventurous, new pizza brand DOUGH BOYS (set to launch at Beacons Festival on 15 August), and one curated by the influential street food gurus at Northern StrEATS who will be bringing a host of the North's best street food to the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, starting with the delectable Fish&.
The venue also is set to also host the Belgrave Street Feast, a new quarterly event which Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen will curate alongside Northern StrEats and Sandinista. The inaugural Street Feast falls on Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen's opening weekend, 4-5 October and will be Leeds' first live music and street-food festival. The opening feast will include live performances from Wet Nuns, Black Moth, These Monsters, Fun Adults, Battle Lines, Dirty Otter DJs and delicious food from Dough Boys, Fish&, Diamond Dogs, Fu-Schnickens, Manjeet's Kitchen , Pattie Smiths and Hell-Fire Catering.
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Listings and shows on sale now (Crash, Jumbo and selected onlines)
2 October: You Need To Hear This presents: Belgrave opening party featuring SUPERFOOD, THE WYTCHES and lots more
3 October: Traams
4 October: Belgrave Street Feast feat. Fun Adults + Battle Lines + Tibetan Youth + More TBC
5 October: Belgrave Street Feast feat. Wet Nuns + Black Moth + These Monsters + More TBC
9 October: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
10 October: Majical Cloudz
12 October: Active Child
14 October: San Cisco
17 October: Pins
19 October: Olubenga + Werkah
20 October: Spectrals
22 October: Daedelus
28 October: Allo Darlin'
1 November: Future Of The Left
9 November: Sweet Baboo
11 November: MONEY
21 November: M£m