More than thirty years after first opening back in 1979, legendary Leeds music venue The Warehouse returns with an astonishing new look, sound and feel. This is the place that started it all, opening up even before the Hacienda. From the late 70’s, The Warehouse introduced a whole new culture and became the epicentre of music and clubbing in the North of England.
Having played host to some memorable bands and DJ’s over the years with everyone from Frankie Goes to Hollywood to Sugar Hill Gang, Oasis to The Stone Roses, Sasha, Greg Wilson, LFO and Mike Pickering. Nights like SpeedQueen and Kaos will forever been treasured memories in the hearts of those lucky enough to go. In May 2010 the club was taken over, refurbished and returned it to its former glory, reinstating it as one of the most important venues in the history of house music.
Of course, high on the agenda for the new owners has been the technology behind the light and sound systems to provide a venue that is simply untouchable in Leeds. Brand new Funktion One Dance Stacks tower above the dancefloor as well mind blowing lighting rigs, colour lasers and CO2 jets. Elsewhere, the venue has been remodelled throughout with a new layout, new chillout areas, state of the art DJ equipment, new dance levels, new bars, new toilets and new air conditioning.
Upstairs in the Loft the walls have been blasted back to expose the brick and huge wooden beams. Fireplaces and sash windows have been revealed to create a sumptuous second room overlooking The Warehouse. A new third room has been created by knocking through the main room into The Garage.
Heading back underground, The Warehouse is hosting a number of regular nights alongside huge one-off specials, with the world’s finest DJs and live acts from house, electro, techno, dubstep and DnB, all playing on a regular basis. Established Friday club night Sticky Feet brings The Warehouse a regular dose of bass driven beats while the Saturday night antics are helmed by the likes of the legendary house nights Back to Basics and Hard Times. After a five year break from the clubbing scene, the original outlandish, weird and wonderful SpeedQueen is also back onboard, bringing with it desires and delights!
Whilst history isn’t everything, it gives The Warehouse an enviable footing to continue in its new direction… along with its 8am license, 7 days a week there is no doubt that this is something special.