Sonic Sahara Present: Rhythm Section was the night out I had been subconsciously craving. After two weeks of constant cringe fancy dress and cheesy music I finally emerged from the sheltered, yet totally obligatory, life of freshers’ events and sampled the diverse nightlife Leeds has to offer.
If you haven’t heard of Studio 24, don’t worry, the only person I found that had was my taxi driver. But the warehouse meets thrift store style venue is a must on any hipster/hippy/house enthusiast’s bucket list. Decorated with fairy lights, burning Nag Champa, worn sofas and vintage cases, the venue has a very intimate feel, while of course being spacious enough for two stepping, head bopping all around.
Sonic Sahara showcased Peckham based label Rhythm Section International, run by home-grown talent Bradley Zero. The night started with a relaxed vibe as the crowd mingled at the bar or laid back on the sofas to the beats of the resident DJs. But as Zero was joined by Mancunian Hidden Spheres, the night certainly became one for the dancers. Being heavily influenced by dub, house and balearic beats, the music had the crowd hyped. There was not a still body insight as the two played their sets. It almost seemed as though everyone knew everyone as the crowd intertwined and danced in unison on the small dancefloor. The energy didn’t drop all night, thanks to the DJs’ perfect timings in their selections.
The family atmosphere created by Sonic Sahara and Rhythm Section is definitely one I intend to relive.
The next instalment in collaboration with Dimensions happens on 21st October.
(Image: Twitter @HiddenSpheres)