added: 5 Sep 2012 // by: Alasdair Byers
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. 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. The venue will partner with time honoured electronic club nights Wax:On and Metropolis, along with other esteemed labels, attracting culture vultures both locally and across the UK to this phenomenal new space.
London-based, illustration-focused collective Technicolour Moon are 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.
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