Safety In Sound's Guide to Huddersfield

by - Sunday, March 03, 2013

Once again, I can only apologise for the lack of activity on this here blog. Two posts since the new year is frankly pitiful but what can I say, second year music journalism has taken over my life in ways I could not have expected. It's a fantastic course and I love it, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't hard work.

With Huddersfield and coursework taking over, I thought I may as well share some of it on here. On Friday night I went out to see my housemates band Forever Cult, a great little two piece who you shall hopefully be seeing a lot more of on these here pages. This got me thinking about how much the music scene has improved over the past year around here, so, without further ado, for those who have not yet visited my glorious university town, here is a little guide to the venues of Huddersfield.

Place: The Old Courthouse  Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
Best for: Catching critically lauded names on their way up, and reformed bands. Night out continue straight after just by going downstairs to the legendary indie disco on a Wednesday,spinning the best of mainstream indie with a few lesser known surprises, depending who’s djiing.
Worst for: the odd excessively drunk reveller shambling in, not knowing there is a gig on but dancing flamboyantly regardless. Pipe down.
Previous alumni: King Charles, Katy B, Shaun Ryder, The Beautiful South and erm, Danny Dyer.

The Parish
Place: 28 Kirkgate  Town Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1QQ
Best for: Hard rock acts and forgotten guilty pleasures. Anyone remember Wheatus? Well, the teenage dirtbags graced Parish back in May. Parish also boasts an impressive array of food, and great value cocktails. My personal favourite has to be their super strong Sex on the Beach or the Cosmopolitan.
Worst for: A quiet night out. Parish’s PA is impressively loud, and not the best backdrop if you’re planning on having a cosy conversation.
Previous alumni: Marmozets, inMe, Sonic Boom Six,OPM (Heaven is a halfpipe ftw), Wheatus

Place: 61-63 King Street  Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2PZ
Best for: Discovering new and local bands in a chilled, bohemian atmosphere, fuelled by world beers and spirits. Also one of the best venues to visit during the annual Oxjam festival that comes to Huddersfield every autumn
Worst for: Turning up late. Zephyr isn’t the biggest of venues, so turn up on time if you want to be sure to get in.
Previous alumni: Wot Gorilla, Paper Plane, Audit Control

Bar 1:22
Place: New Street, Town Centre HD1 2UD
Best for: unsung talent and acoustic wonderment. Their open mic nights always spawn talent, and their weekly event, Street Spirit, runs like a who is who of the Huddersfield music scene. If you were to go every week, you would be almost guaranteed to see at least three bands who will one day be huge.
Worst for: Drinks can be a little pricey for the measures, but this is being particularly picky.
Previous alumni: Runaround Kids, Total Stone Roses, Middleman, Submotion Orchestra, Three Trapped Tigers

The Zetland
Place: Zetland Street
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2RA
Best for: club nights. Floorplan, launched by students Liam Divers and Martin Moffat is fast becoming a must each month, showcasing the best in house, electronic and hip hop music.Launching soon is Tough Love, a night I'm very excited about, that promises 'Underground Pop' on posters branded with Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks. Me like.
Worst for: Toilets. After taking advantage of Verve’s amazing drink deals, its sometimes a bit of a struggle to get down to the basement in one piece. And with the upstairs toilets right next to the stage, getting through a moshpit to get to the loo can get brutal.
Previous alumni: Eagulls, Forever Cult, Jackmaster

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