Where Stinky’s Peephouse, 76 York Street, Leeds
When Every Saturday
Music House, house and house
Plush red curtains line the walls, balloons brush against the low ceiling and rave whistles are being handed out. The theme is acid house – the scene from which this night emerged back in 1991 – so old timers, young guns and every age between are decked out in shell suits, smileys, bandanas, dungarees and Hypercolour T-shirts. So too are the residents: in fact, it’s their dedication that’s at the root of this night’s legacy.
Fittingly, then, it’s Tristan da Cunha, Buckley, Frenchy, Burnski and Jon Woodall who supply most of the retro-facing house sounds on all three floors. Additionally, an eclectic Howard Marks vs Pritchard session and sets from 2020 boss Ralph Lawson and US house legend Todd Terry prove big draws.
In the main room, with whistles blowing, hands in the air and shoulders pressed tightly against each other, the packed floor bounces for four straight hours, the sense of nostalgia growing ever more palpable in the humid air. “Wasn’t that something special?” says da Cunha as the lights come up. Ralph Lawson nods, but the same could be said of every Basics party. How else could Dave Beer’s baby have got to be 20 years old?