Review – Butter Side Up Ostgut Ton Showcase

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When it comes to solid line ups and spectacular nights out in Leeds, Butter Side Up need no introduction.

Over the years the trusted team behind BSU have produced a party that combines both quality line ups (Hunee, Gerd Janson, Theo Parrish) with a warm, intimate atmosphere, drawing in familiar faces every month who are yet to find a more appealing party to soundtrack their weekends. This sense of familiarity and community is only compounded further by their less frequent ‘Friends & Family’ soirees bringing together an amalgamation of some of Leeds’ most consistent and underappreciated  residents.

Friday 12th February saw yet another solid line up from the experienced curators bringing in a revered duo associated with one of Europe’s most infamous clubs. Ostgut Ton’s Nick Höppner and Tama Sumo brought a taste of Berghain’s delectable house and techno scene to the sweaty yet irresistible underground setting of Wire club.

Höppner, an Ostgut Ton favourite and previous label manager, teased eager crowds with beat after tantalizing beat of only the best selection of house and techno. As always, he left no room for messing and performed a serious yet skilful set, with all the fun thrown in for free.

Tama Sumo hit the decks at around 3am, following on with some deep house, expertly progressing into the realms of darker techno. One thing is for sure: with over twenty years of experience under her belt, she knows how to please a crowd.

Some of us can’t afford to jet off to Berlin at the drop of a penny, but who needs to anyway when there are nights such as this on our doorstep? BSU continues next month with Craig Richards coming to town on 18th March.

Georgia Williams

Photo credits: Justin Gardner via Wire

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