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RELEASE YOURSELF III // Wharf Chambers // Leeds // 04.05.13

RELEASE YOURSELF III at Wharf Chambers, Leeds, May 4th 2013…..

Logo2Pat, Henry, and Matt host their third party at their favourite co-operative-run venue in Leeds City Centre, Wharf Chambers. Based on the intimate parties hosted by David Mancuso at his legendary loft space in New York during the 1960s and 70s, Release Yourself aims to bring people together in the hope that a shared love of community, music, and dancing can both unite and liberate!

We hope you’ll agree that four months feels like too long since our last party, so we’re really excited to be able to invite you to do it all again on Saturday the 4th of May.

We’d love it if you could all join us on the dance floor for a third night of high energy, free expression and uptempo records that we hope will make for another memorable party.

This time we extend warm greetings to fabulous Manchester-based collective Disco Mums ( who will be joining the party and playing some records, as well as RY DJs Matt, Pat, and Henry, plus some familiar faces from the parties last year.

As usual we want to welcome all-comers to unite through a love of music, dancing and each other, to celebrate and respect one another and to just enjoy being excellent together. So come along, bring your friends, smile, laugh, dance, and Release Yourself”.


Doors: 10:00pm
Warm-up DJs: 10:00pm – 12:00pm
Release Yourself DJs: 12:00am – 2:00am
Disco Mums DJs: 2:00am – 4:00am
RY / DM DJs: 4:00am – 5:00am


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Delighted to announce that we have been invited to perform at the following party on June the 8th. Follow the link at the bottom of this post to join the event.

Please read on….

Amazing Outdoor Swimming Pool /// Gourmet BBQ /// Coach Transport /// Cocktails /// Live Band & DJs

Start your day at night
Eat / Drink / Party Hard

About our POOL PARTY
When we created the Vagabonds Breakfast Club we set out to bring you new and exciting ways and places to socialize – providing you, our adventurous band of vagabonds, a unique night of partying to look forward to on sparingly spread dates throughout the year. We promise a unique night of great value eating, drinking & partying hard – and after a great first VBC, our Christmas New York Loft Party at Munro House back in December, we think we’ve delivered even BIGGER with this, our next party!

Our desire to be different has lead us to try our best to take you to locations where other Leeds party providers don’t tread… and so here we are… with our second installment of the Vagabonds Breakfast Club – we’re leading the way with a first for Leeds – it’s time to ‘get in there like swimwear’ – for the Vagabonds Breakfast Club Pool Party.

About our amazing outdoor swimming pool – Ilkley Lido
The setting – Ilkely Lido is a truly beautiful spot. It is the only outdoor pool in the area and is one of Britain’s last few remaining public outdoor swimming pools. Just minutes from Ilkley town centre, the lido’s beautiful far ranging views across Ilkley Moor and the famous Cow and Calf makes it even more special. It features gorgeous art deco architecture, including the Café building which will become our dancefloor for the night. So… It’s not surprising it ranked highly in the Telegraph’s top 10 lidos in the country.

Included as part of the ticket price, you’ll be whisked away to the Lido by coach from a Leeds city centre pick up – and of course dropped back in Leeds when the pool party closes.

To swim… or not to swim
The party will be amazing whether you decide you want to take a plunge in the pool or not! But for those that wish to ‘get in there like swimwear’ – you will be allowed to swim for the first hour and a half of the party before you start eating and drinking.

Food & drink
While our swimmers take to the pool we’ll spark up the coals on the BBQ in preparation for a Gourmet Feast of barbequed meats & salads – just the ticket after an icy plunge in the Lido’s beautiful outdoor pool. Vegitarian options will also be available.

A variety of drinks will be available to suit all budgets… and of course there’ll be Vagabonds Breakfast Club suitably themed one-off cocktails to suit our aquatic adventure!

Our musical backdrop
It wouldn’t be a Vagabonds Breakfast Club without some great music.

During our early swimming session – poolside music will be provided by a live set from GALAXIANS. Fresh off the back of their UK tour, this will mark a fitting end to the tour for them – and an awesome start to the summer for us!

Taking their cues from 80s NY / Chicago labels such as SAM, Are ‘n’ Bee, TRAX, and Sleeping Bag – expect analog synth driven electro to set the pace while you take to the pool.

As the night progresses there’ll be disco driven DJ sets from Lucy Locket plus more DJs to be announced.

Coach travel
Return coach travel will be provided to the Lido from Leeds City Centre – coach pick up will be from the layby next to Leeds train station at 5pm and the coach will depart the Lido at 1am – more info will be provided to those who purchase tickets.

After party
For those that want to carry on the party on our return to Leeds we will have a few options for you to choose from… watch this space for more information as June 8th draws closer.


Tickets go on sale from 20:00 on May 1st – 1st come – 1st served.
They will be available on a first come first served basis – numbers are very restricted – it’s going to be a sell out – so grab them quick!
They will be available from various online ticketing sites, plus paper tickets will be available – watch this space for info as May 1st draws close.

All tickets are £35

What’s included:
Coach travel to and from Leeds city centre to the Lido (5pm pickup / 1am return)
1.5hrs swimming for those that want to take the plunge!
Drink on entry/exiting the pool.
A belly full of gourmet BBQ nosh.
An evening of entertainment.
Fun. Fun. Fun.

Email for more info & enquiries or call 07866 718196.


Vagabonds Breakfast Club
Start your day at night
Eat / Drink / Party Hard

RELEASE YOURSELF II @ Wharf Chambers 15/12/12

What an incredible night!! Difficult to actually express in words how much fun we had at Release Yourself II at our favourite Leeds venue Wharf Chambers on Saturday. Amazing live sets from Runners and Unmade Bed, great DJ sets from Matt, Pat, Henry, Dom, Brigit, and Gav, beautiful dancers, a great vibe, our best decor design yet, and a packed house.

The night kicked off with a beautiful set from Sheffield band Unmade Bed, on only their third gig and debut Leeds performance. Hannah, Robert and Dorian describe themselves as “No Wave bedroom disco”. We’d say that’s a good description. James Chance-style abrasive, scratchy guitar playing, raw, glitchy drum machine dance beats, great bass hooks with that warm semi-acoustic tone, and incredible, soulful singing. Not only do they have great songs, a sharp style and look incredibly sexy on stage, they are also friendly, forthcoming and a delight to spend time with. Personally we hope they come back very soon.

Find them here:

We were very sad to hear about the recent demise of one of our favourite Leeds bands and Stargaze Records label pals Runners, so it’s fair to say that we watched their set with heavy hearts. Having said that, it’s impossible to watch Runners without feeling incredibly uplifted by their particular brand of live dance music. For us it’s just a great mix of elements, neatly packaged into a very tasteful and considered whole. It’s part-krautrock – the foreword momentum and motorik style, part-ambient techno – warm, rounded, repetitive bass synth hooks, part-house – euphoric, polyrhythmic synth melodies. What’s not to like?? So, farewell Runners, we shall miss you. On the plus side we have new ex-Runners projects to look forward to, namely Girls Water (Jonathan Nash / Toby Gamlen) and Chrononautz (Leon Carey / Dominic Clare) and we have been informed that Runners plan to record their remaining unreleased tracks before they finally call it a day. This pleases us greatly.

Find them here:

The DJ sets all really went off at this RY party, and it was really satisfying to see so many people whooping, hollering, high-fiving, and generally losing their shit on the dancefloor. Beautiful smiling faces and a very well-dressed and friendly crowd, just what we like to see. The sets from Matt, Pat, Henry, Brigit, Dom, and Gav pumped out house, boogie, disco, post-disco, techno, hi-nrg, italo, two-step, garage, electro, krautrock, and no wave. It was LOUD, and we utilized those in-house subs as best we could!

Here’s a selection from Matt’s two sets:

Big Fun – INNER CITY (1988)

Optimo – LIQUID LIQUID (1983)

I Believe (feat. Lindsey Caldwell) – ELI ESCOBAR (2012)

You’re My Number One – RADIANCE feat. ANDREA STONE (1983)

Let’s Do It – CONVERTION (1980)

Inspector Norse – TODD TERJE (2012)

You Can’t Have It – STARGAZE (1982)

From Here To Eternity – GIORGIO MORODER (1977)

Bax – MOSCA (2011)

You Are In My System – THE SYSTEM (1982)

Track 2 – EROS EP (2012)

Walking On Sunshine – ROCKER’S REVENGE feat. DONNIE CALVIN (1982)

Get Off (You Fascinate Me) – PATRICE RUSHEN (1984)

I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair) – INNER LIFE (1979)

Weekend – CLASS ACTION (1983)

Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) – CAPTAIN RAPP (1983)

Hopscotch (Larry Levan remix) – GWEN GUTHRIE (1983)

Trent was on hand again and took some great shots, here’s a selection of those:

So, on behalf of Release Yourself we would like to say a huge thanks to all the staff at Wharf Chambers who worked both the day and night shifts (Lotte, Andrew, Tommo, Eleanor, Rob, Alex, Anna), everyone who worked on the door for us (Gem, Rachel, Jed, Martha, Jess, George), the bands (Nash, Toby, Leon, Dom, Hannah, Dorian, Robert), our guest DJs (Dom, Gav, Brigit) and everyone who came, danced, hung out, shook hands, held hands, kissed, hugged, drank, and hooked up. We hope you had a chance to release yourself and we hope to see you at the next one!

Matt xxx