The Red Bull Music Academy comes to Leeds this October, bringing together musical icons and rising stars for a mini festival of clubnights, studio sessions, lectures and plenty more.
The Red Bull Music Academy is a four day mini festival that takes place across the city with a series of events that will bring musical icons to Leeds and offer up a platform for local talent across a whole variety of genres – which means there’ll be a little something to enjoy, whatever your tastes. With club nights, studio sessions, audio-visual shows, art installations, radio broadcasts and live lectures, it’s a celebration of what makes UK music so unique.
The line-up sees five different events take place from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October 2016. One of the most intriguing events takes place at Prime Studios. Music journalist Hattie Collins, a key figure in reporting the grime music’s growth over the past decade has a brand new exhibition called ‘An Eye On Grime’, which runs all the way through the four day festival.
Kano was due to join Collins for a chat ahead of the exhibition, however, he will no longer taking take part in the tour. Instead, they’ve managed to get one of grime music’s biggest names, Giggs, to come along for a pair of events. On Thursday 27th October 2016, he and Collins will sit down for a chat at the same venue to discuss his illustrious career, form Police shutdowns of his live shows to signing a landmark deal with XL Recordings. Following that he’ll be performing at Knock! Knock! at The Garage, alongside DJ Slimzee playing back to back with Grandmixxer, Nadia Rose, Jammz, Sian Anderson, Mezx and Dialect in what’s set to be one hell of a party.
On Friday 28th October 2016, the Red Bull Music Academy piles into Wire for an all-Berlin techno takeover for Form & Function. Marcel Dettmann, a resident at the iconic Berlin club Berghain, will be joined on the decks by the likes of Laurel Halo, Objekt and Call Super.
Canal Mills is the next venue on the RBMA hit-list. On Saturday 29th October 2016, DJ Harvey, a man who Rolling Stone once described as the Keith Richards of dance music, will return to Leeds for the first time in 25 years for Discopolis. Also on the bill is Leon Vynehall, Job Jobse and Palms Trax in what is actually a quite staggering amassing of house music talent.
The final day of the Red Bull Music Academy invasion of Leeds is a double header. One of 2016’s biggest breakout stars, Shura, comes to Lambert’s Yard for Studio Science, explaining how she made it from producing tunes in her bedroom to sell-out tours and appearances at the biggest festivals in the world. That’s at the same time as a Halloween themed treat to box off the weekend at Hyde Park Picture House, as cult indie horror flick It Follows gets a live score from Emma Jean Thackray, who’ll be a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal for the group’s main event of the year.
Red Bull Music Academy’s arrival on Leeds is a small window into the musician’s world, which will hopefully provide insight and inspiration for the next regeneration of musicians in Leeds. Let’s hope the first time, won’t be the last.
Red Bull Music Academy is across various Leeds venues from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October 2016. Each event is individually ticketed and can be bought from the RBMA website.