Flux Opening Party – Review

Already a well-established club night on the Beaver Works rota, Flux provides a haven of music variety. Despite its recognition for showcasing some of the biggest and best names in the house and techno music industries, Flux caters for all tastes, serving up no less than six rooms of music.

For this year’s Opening Party, it was the turn of DJ Tennis and Voyeur to entertain the crowds in the Main Room. However, of most personal interest was hopping from one room to another to try out some of the varieties Flux is known for.

Up first was Ranyue who played a relatively easy-going set, serving as an ideal warm-up for the night in the Bar area. It’s always encouraging to see female DJs playing at an established venue in such a male-dominated industry, particularly when they’re creating a unique blend of Eastern and Disco influences in their sets.

As the night went on, the Basement soon filled up to see Leeds alumni Dan Shake step up to the decks, pleasing the crowd with his techno-heavy set.

If you’re looking for a reprieve from the house and techno stages, then head to the Warehouse for some disco belters. Reminiscent of Hifi, you can sing your heart out to the likes of Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson and The Human League. In this case, Reuben was the star of the show, seamlessly blending 70’s Disco belters with techno beats and mixes.

A good place to wrap up the night is in the Basement again, where Jeremy Underground took us into the early hours of the morning with a unique merging of techno with elements of disco. Ten minutes into his set and queues were already forming outside the Basement to see him, proving Jeremy’s place as a firm Leeds favourite.

Next up for Flux in Leeds is their Halloween party on Tuesday 31st October. Tickets are already on third release at £13.50 each (inc. booking fee), and you can visit Resident Advisor for more information on dates later this year and 2018.

Clare Redman

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