Nowadays, it’s rare to go to an event that does something completely new; or at least something that you’ve never seen before. It’s even rarer that you find yourself questioning why it’s not always done this way. On a Monday night at Hyde Park Book Club, I found these exact thoughts crossing my mind. Bologneology fused together the Leeds student music and art scenes into one incredible blaze of energy that’s reverberations around the basement were almost visible to the naked eye.
Aside from the ever-pleasing colossal disco ball that constantly looms over the basement of Book Club, the set up of the venue was one of the most aesthetically pleasing I’ve seen in a while. Yes, the stage was relatively simplistic but some art, pink hues, and fairy lights can go a long way in my book. However, the placement of art around the room was the real stroke of genius. It was so interesting to observe and realise how each corresponded to one of the acts that played. If anything, it truly makes the mind wander at how far a concept like this could be taken, and how many creative forms could be incorporated, the possibilities are endless.
As for the bands? Although my personal favourite was The Durdy Laundry, each was uniquely wonderful, particularly the dynamic headliners Archipelago. There’s something truly exhilarating about getting to watch fresh groups with fresh sounds bring such electricity to a crowd that spends the night whopping and boogying in support. The sense of comradery was pertinent throughout the entire evening, and it was genuinely heart-warming environment to spend an evening in.