Since 2009 Thom Archer has been exploring the seedy underbelly of Leeds’ nightlife; visiting underground clubs, hidden bars and back-alley dives in search of good, music-orientated club nights. After Dark is a new series of articles for TheMet Online which shares this knowledge by showcasing these nights to help you never have a bad night out again…
First off; Straight Up.
With the music policy described as New York Pop & Contemporary Sounds, Straight Up brings a taste of classic-era CBGB’s to Call Lane. With an ever-changing rota of resident DJs and collaborations with other local nights such as Karma and Gin & Juice (keep your eyes peeled for more on them soon…) – as well as guest DJ sets from the likes of Mystery Jets and Metronomy – no two nights are the same; and while this is definitely a music-lovers night, it manages to avoid being pretentious and exclusive. It’s a testament to it’s popularity that it hits capacity every single week; so get there before 11:30 to avoid disappointment.
You can join their Facebook page to find out more and put your name on their wall for guestlist.
Expect To Hear: A genuinely eclectic mix which varies wildly depending on that week’s combination of DJs. This week is vintage clothes-merchant Gregory James Waller (from Dusty and Dylan in Headingley) and Elizabeth Cutts, so expect their imprint of 60s Motown, Soul, 90s R&B, Post-Neptunes Hip Hop onto the usual affair.
Where? Wire, Call Lane
How Often? Every Saturday
How Much? £2 before 12, £5 after (£4 Guestlist)