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New to Leeds: The Constitutional

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Comedy, theatre and music – The Constitutional has the lot.

The Constitutional

Make a beeline to Farsley for your next night of live entertainment at The Constitutional.

The Constitutional is an exciting new events space in Leeds. They’ve transformed an empty back room in the Farsley Constitutional Club into a cool-as-heck members-only club for live comedy, music and theatre. There’s a one-time £1 fee to join up, but with an eclectic line-up of events in the pipeline, it’s well worth it.

It’s run by the team behind Trouble at Mill. Howard Bradley, Dick Bonham and Choque Hosein first met while curating the Farsley Festival in 2012. It didn’t take long for them realise that they had a shared passion, so they decided to launch a monthly pop-up event in an untouched industrial space at Sunny Bank Mills. It brought together all the things they loved – live theatre, music, street food and their own homebrew. After four years and 69 events, the old Trouble at Mill venue will soon be demolished, so they had a tough decision to make. Where to go and what to do.

The Constitutional

Credit: Dick Bradley

And that’s how The Constitutional came about, as Choque told us, “After a chance conversation with a regular audience member we discovered that the Farsley Constitutional Club had an unused function room in need of a some TLC. The space was perfect and we decided we could make the shift to weekly events and other offers which we were unable to do in a larger venue. This project brings together all of our passions, gives something back to our community and most importantly means that we don’t have to go into town for a great night out.”

They’ve done an incredible job with the venue – it’s been transformed into a truly unique space for entertainment in Leeds. As Choque puts it,“ it’s an accidentally Wes Anderson, New York Art Deco dive bar mixed with Soviet chic and the faded opulence of The Shining’s Overlook Hotel.” The stage is in the corner of the room, with bright pink curtains as the backdrop. There are plenty of tables in front to get a decent view and the statement bar really brings the Art Deco inspiration into sharp focus.

The Constitutional

Credit: Dick Bradley

It’s a really smart space to spend a few hours, and they’ve got an eclectic programme of events to tempt you in. Comedy at The Constitutional welcomes popular stand-ups like Daliso Chaponda, Harriet Dyer and Sarah Callaghan on the second Saturday of every month. Tiny Trouble takes place at least once a month and brings together theatre, music, dance and cabaret to keep the spirit of Trouble at Mill alive. You can also look forward to a host of other events, covering spoken word, poetry and music, the majority of which will cost less than £10 a ticket.

They have two regular free entry events on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons for music lovers to enjoy. Vinyl Fridays sees The Constitutional DJs get on the decks to run through a host of classic soulful sounds, exclusively on vinyl, while The Sunday Session is a more relaxing afternoon of easy-going hits and live jazz music between 2pm and 6pm.

The Constitutional

Credit: Dick Bradley

You won’t go thirsty at any of their events either. The bar is well-stocked – expect local beers from the likes of Magic Rock and Saltaire Brewery, as well as their own special brew, The People’s Pilsner. The fridges are full of craft beer cans and bottles too, from Levrig to Beavertown, Kona and Jupiler. Not a beer lover? They have plenty of wine and spirits for you to choose from.

They even have plans to add street food in the coming months, but for now, The Constitutional is a real cultural gem with an eclectic programme of events, that’s well worth signing up for.

The Constitutional, Farsley Constitutional Club, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX. It’s open from 7pm to midnight on event days and 2pm to 6pm on Sundays.

Cover image copyright: Dick Bradley.