New Venue looking to shake up Leeds Nightlight.

Canal Mills, the imposing 19th century, textile mill will reopen as Leeds’ most innovative new multi-arts and music venue this Autumn. Masterminded by Leeds-based events company Sound Channel, Canal Mills will showcase an array of electronic music events, live gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical projects and film screenings. Situated adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the venue sits on the outskirts of the city centre and was originally one of the cities leading textile mills during the industrial boom of the 19th century. In celebration of the venue’s illustrious history, Sound Channel are exploring an eclectic roster of music, visual arts, theatre and film talent from across the UK who will be showcasing their existing work alongside new pieces that are inspired by the building’s industrial heritage.

The Canal Mills opening weekend kicks off on Friday, 28th September 2012 when the venue will welcome acclaimed DJ’s Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore, Tensnake and The 2 Bears. On Saturday, 29th September, Metropolis presents the Skreamizm tour, which is headed up by BBC Radio One DJ Skream. The opening weekend will also include an unrivalled programme from the city’s most respected promoters and arts collectives.

Both nights will be a memorable introduction to the mainstay venue in Leeds. In addition to the music, a series of installations will provide a backdrop to the venue’s events, inspired by its history as a textile mill, courtesy of aesthetic construction team Mad Ferret. London-based, illustration-focused collective Technicolour Moon are also set to link up with the new venue to create an outside wall mural, alongside an exhibition of their work, which will mark the start of a series of similar projects. Canal Mills will work with local and emerging art connoisseurs to open up doors for students and other rising artists.

With the first few weekend already looking pretty mouth-watering, we think this is a venue that is set to bring huge things to Leeds.

Friday 28th September


Simian Mobile Disco
Julio Bashmore
The 2 Bears

Saturday 29th September


Skream (3 hours)
Bobby Tank
+ more TBA

Saturday  6th  October


Pearson Sound


Saturday 20th October


Maya Jane Coles
Ralph Lawson
Simon Baker
Crazy P

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