7 Questions for mono_cult’s 7th Birthday

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For those that haven’t been before, mono_cult is the Leeds brand championing vintage disco cuts and stripped back house, and have commanded a ruthlessly loyal following over the years. As part of their 7th birthday celebrations on 17th April at the Dance Tunnel in Dalston, we interviewed founders Matt Long and Brad Mercer, chatting about the last 7 years, their highlights, and what they have coming up.

7 years in the business is a long time, but how did the first party come about?

We started mono cult back in 2007, there was 5 of us originally and we were all mutual friends from Ibiza and going out in Leeds. None of us really had any experience of running parties but we all had the same interest in music 
and thought together we could pull off a party. At the time there were no Sunday daytime events in Leeds but the weekends were dominated by Asylum, Technique  Dirty Disco and Basics, so we fitted well into the scene then. We fell lucky landing on some really sunny afternoons when we launched which gave us a real help for those special alfresco afternoons which we all remember from The Lounge days!
When we started mono_cult we didn’t have any long term goals it was just a party, well it still is just a party but its developed a lot over the years, moving around to several locations in Leeds and always pushing artists and sounds I have been passionate about. I’ve always had an eye to try and find some new and interesting spots and really buzz of the parties we did at Holbeck Underground, The Lounge, Full Circle and most recently The Iron Mill.
When i look back at our first parties im still unsure how we managed to pull them off and get through it especially with all the planning and prep that goes into our parties these days so really happy to still be pushing the mono_cult parties forward.

What are your top 7 moments of the last 7 years with mono_cult so far?

Hard to pick as there has been so many but these stand out for me
1. The original days at The Lounge, not having a clue how to run or promote parties but somehow managing to get 800 people on to the terrace, ill never forgot those days!
2. Everytime Move D has played for us!
3. All our NYD parties have been amazing, each one we’ve tried to develop in a different way and they are some of my proudest and most favourable parties.
4. Losing record bags, always memorable moments them!!!
5 Getting the opportunity to host the Redbox at Space for We Love Sundays ands having all our Leeds crew over in Ibiza for it.
6. Finally getting Dixon to play all night last October, what a party that was!
7. Last years Hideout boat party was amazing, hearing the whole boat singing along to Depeche Mode as the sun goes down was a really special moment.

Alex Boman played your 5th birthday as well – what is it about him that you love so much?
Apart for our love for us his music and djing style, Axel is a real party head. When we booked him for the 5th birthday we had heard stories he likes a party but he really upped his game for us. After the main party at The Faversham we headed to The Garage where we held an after party, it was one of the first times the venue had been used and the place was packed, Axel played pretty much the whole party till we got kicked out! I can still remember him finishing on Pepe Bradock – Path of Most residence as the open the riller shutters on to let the sun in.

Really looking forward to bringing him back to play for in London and hope he’s ready for another party, its been far to long overdue.

The Dance Tunnel in Dalston has been your London home for the past year  – how does this intimate space compare with your huge multi-room Canal Mills parties in Leeds?  

 I love Dance Tunnel, its such a perfect setting for a party with just a DJ booth, smoke machine, red light and a tunnel dance floor. The vibe in there is great and crowd seem to be more open for us to play different styles. Its also great to see a lot of old and original mono_cult crowd coming down to these parties.
We still like to move around venues in Leeds to host our bigger parties at Canal Mills and more intimate ones at FullCircle and Wire, each party brings something different which i feel keeps mono_cult going…

What else is in the pipeline for you guys this year?

In June we will be returning to Barcelona to host another Off Sonar party with electric minds, this year we have teamed up with Feel My Bicep to bring a killer three room line up at Razzmatazz. We’ll be in Croatia representing at Hideout and Unknown again and have some big plans for Leeds at the end of year as well as continuing our residency at Dance Tunnel in London.

Finally, to those that haven’t been before, what 3 tracks capture the sound of mono_cult?

So many to chose from but these tend to always be in our bag:
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
Soundstream – Makin Love
Roy Davis Jr Ft Peven Everett – Gabriel

(images courtesy of IGR)

Buy Tickets to the 7th Birthday Party with Axel Boman.

10 Days Off Festival – The 20th and Final Edition – The Last Waltz

So the 10 Days Off Festival is calling it time on its 20th milestone this summer and what a journey its been for them!
The team started in 1995 originally as 10 Days Of Techno which eventually morphed into 10 Days Off as they developed the music policy to include other strands of dance. Taking the party from the Red Tape Building to the bowling, the ICC, the Eskimo factory and -of course- in the different rooms of the cavernous Kunstencentrum Vooruit.
So with any closing party its going to be a bit of a special one as you can imagine and the first few line up details are creeping to the surface for the 17th > 27th July endurance test in Ghent, Belgium.

Day 1: Thursday July 17: Dave Clarke, Perc, Black Asteroid, …
Day 2: Friday July 18: Solomun, H.O.S.H., Karmon, …
Day 3: Saturday July 19: Richie Hawtin, Matador, Whyt Noyz, …
Day 4 – Day 7: to be announced
Day 8: Friday July 25: Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Ghost Culture, …
Day 9: Saturday July 26: Tale Of Us, Mano Le Tough, Mind Against, …
Day 10: Sunday July 27: to be announced

Presale tickets start Tuesday 8th April at 2pm from 10daysoff.be

We’re thinking of hoping on the Eurostar for this one so get involved!
Here’s how last year’s party with Maceo Plex and Tale Of Us went down…

Gottwood Festival launches new record label Gottwax


Even festivals are at the record label game now it seems with news that Gottwood is launching the Gottwax imprint. The team behind the electronic music orientated weekender has confirmed that the annual releases are aimed at showcasing the best of the talent from the previous year’s festival.

“Running a label is something we’ve always dreamt of – with our fifth birthday looming, now seemed like the perfect time to branch out. We have always been 100% focused on running the festival, but we thought that expanding on our ideals and putting out a record would allow us to help the artists, who have helped us for the last few years, gain further exposure.”Tom Carpenter, co-founder of Gottwood

Gottwax’s inaugural ‘Gottwax EP1’ is a 180-gram heavyweight record limited to 300 copies, it has been compiled in conjunction with Nixwax and features exclusive tracks from BEHR, OJsmooth, Rob Amboule and eLDOKO – all of whom appeared on the Nixwax stage at last year’s Gottwood Festival. To be fair this various artist collection is actually really really good and a great barometer for some of the great talent that the Festival wants to keep pushing the forefront.

Get even more involved in the family free for all as the team have a label launch party planned for April 11th at Corsica Studios in London with a load of top talent.




I don’t usually cover events tup North all that often but the 22nd Anniversary of Shindig definitely deserves a shout out.
I had one of my first ever decent club night experiences thanks to these guys whilst I was a grotty student and they have always delivered the clubbing goods in Geordie land year after year.

For this special milestone the Shindig team have brought in an almighty line up to celebrate on the May 4th Bank Holiday weekend and it goes alittle something like this:


“Last year felt like the right time to for us to revisit outdoor daytime events. We had gone firmly back to Shindig’s roots with the Hoults Yard Warehouse events so it was only natural to look carefully at how we could replicate Shindig Birthday events of previous years at Times Square or Baltic Square sites and combine it with new sense of excitement we had captured during the last two years.

This time round being able to transform the vast space on the banks of the River Tyne with festival production is a massive step up for Shindig. Spillers Wharf allows us to present such a huge array of electronic artists across two stages and be very creative with the site setup” –  Shindig director Neil Bainbridge.


More details: www.shindiguk.com
Buy Tickets Now

By Day: // Spillers Wharf, Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne
13:00 – 23:00

By Night 001: // Warehouse34, Hoults Yard, Newcastle Upon Tyne
22:30 – 04:00 ***SOLD OUT***

By Night 002: // theCUT, 7 St Nicolas Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne
22:30 – 03:00