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Club line-ups over the New Years period have always been a sort of muscle flexing competition, with promoters striving to bring the biggest array of artists to their night to usher in the next year of partying. This year is no different, and it is no surprise to see many events across the UK stacked with ‘superstar’ names who are often only on the bill to make sure enough tickets are sold for the night.

Leeds house and techno aficionados Mono_cult once again take over the Canal Mills space for New Years Day in Leeds, with a line-up that screams quality control and fits their ethos of booking uncompromising forward thinking music, supported by the best resident DJ’s on the underground club circuit in the city. Having hosted the darker sounds of Mano Le Tough, Pearson Sound and Levon Vincent at last year’s NYD gig, they have gone for a selection of funkier artists this year by bringing in some of Europe’s finest selectors. These include Mono_Cult favourite Move D, who has been supplying his feel good mix of up front house and disco to the Leeds faithful for nearly 5 years. Further up the bill is Running Back boss Gerd Janson, who has come off the back of another successful year touring all over the world with luminaries such as Dixon and Ben UFO. Also on the line-up is crate digger Floating Points, who can be sure to bring the party with his finest funk and soul cuts that have become his trademark of late.

The real highlight of the evening however, is a rare back to back from Four Tet and Daphni, who will be playing 3 exclusive sets on NYD at the Hydra in London, WHP in Manchester and Canal Mills. Both are known to have extensive record collections spanning everything from disco to speed garage, and given it’s New Years Day they should be pulling out all the stops. Support comes from their trusty residents and DJs from prominent Leeds based nights such as Butter Side Up, Deep Fever, Mavrik and regular guests – Grainger and People Get Real. Room 3 is headed up by a UK debut for party outfit Just A Little, who will be bringing their ‘Moroccan Medina’ theme to the cold Leeds warehouse in an attempt to keep everyone that little bit warmer!

All in all, this is a party oozing with quality, and not one that should be missed if you want to bring in the New Year with style!


Alex Theodossiadis


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