The Brudenell Social Club is a gig venue and members club in the Hyde Park area of Leeds.

The Brudenell is most famous for hosting secret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs.

However, it has been a centrepiece of the Leeds music scene for a number of years and hosts gigs most nights of the week. Check out what gigs are going on this week below:


 

Michael Bird

Pé & Indecent Gorilla

Michael Bird brings a charismatic in your face take on the Neo Soul / Hip-Hop sounds of Robert Glasper Experiment, Slakah the Beatchild and J Dilla. Originally from Kent currently situated further north and a recent graduate of Leeds College of Music. Michael’s live show captures each and every audience and takes them on a journey through eclectic sounds and thought provoking spoken word.


 

Department S

EXPELAIRES and KLAMMER

By mid-1978, the punk scene in London was all but dead in the water. The initial burst of energy and creativity was a spent force. Although great bands such as Buzzcocks and Generation X had only just released their debut albums, these were made up largely of material that was 18 months old. It had just taken the A&R men time to cotton onto something that had come from the streets.

Punk had served its purpose. The Pistols had exploded into a freak show circus. Like all the best youth culture phenomenon, they burned bright, outshone all around them, and called it a day. Sadly, a section of the scene couldn’t move on and the door was left open for groups such as Discharge, Anti-Pasti, and Crass who were regurgitating the same old themes and sounds of the previous two years, only without the style of The Clash or creativity of a Lydon or Weller. No fun.

Once punk had become a cliché of King’s Road poseurs acting out the part for tourists, other scenes started to spring up in various corners of the city. These included a club called Billy’s on Dean Street in Soho This was a club run by Rusty Egan and Steve Harrington, who later went onto fame with the band Visage. The theme was Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy, Kraftwerk, and Euro disco. The look was to dress up.

An antidote to the onsetting punk uniform of the likes of The UK Subs. Punk had been about self-expression and individuality, now it had become the regimented uniform of leather jacket, ripped up jeans, and a dog on a string! Fuck that! Billy’s pulled in no more than 30 punters on Tuesday nights, but this was the scene that was to spawn the legendary Blitz club. Meanwhile, another group of disaffected punks had started listening to their old Small Faces, Creation, and Who records…

The sharp dress ethos, as well as the snappy guitar driven power pop sounds, had inspired them to create something new from the past. Two bands instigated the new Mod scene: The Purple Hearts from Romford and The Chords from Deptford. They started playing regular gigs at The Wellington pub at Waterloo. Again, at first there were only a handful of followers, but this was soon to spawn a nationwide explosion of new Modernism.
Have a listen…


 

Glass Caves

+ Red Kites

Bursting from the streets to the radio one playlist, picking up plaudits from Clashmusic, Billboard and a number of international music blogs along the way Glass Caves have built a following across the North of England busking from city to city.

Glass Caves fuse agitated rhythms and yo-yoing guitars with vocal harmonies that splinter then soar through their songs. The band draw from a number of classic international influences and put them through a very British filter resulting in a perfectly formed morsels of ballsy alt-rock.

“Glass Caves quickly became a word of mouth phenomenon. Each song seemed to be carefully honed, with the band’s craftman-ship allowing them to gradually sand down rough edges, refining their voice on their travels.”

Have a listen…


 

The Membranes vs Evil Blizzard

+ System of Hate + Super Luxury

The Membranes formed out of punk and DIY culture and then went on their own path.

The band reformed a couple of years ago to play music on their own terms.
They are still inspired by punk rock but believe music has no boundaries.
The new music weaves noise, drones, found percussion, feedback, discord, melody, free jazz, dub, dark- dub, free punk, heavy rhythms, classical music, orchestras, percussion, near silence, death to trad rock noise and freedom into a unique whole of beauty and noise and enjoys all the contrasts.