Here at House of Coco we love to champion what goes on in and around the UK, not just in the Capital!
Leeds is one of our favourite cities… Who doesn’t love a place where dressing from head to tow in black with a harness as your only accessory isn’t frowned upon, a place where you can get down and grimy around the corner from a place that exudes the epitome of luxury?!
An often visited venue for us, Belgrave Music Hall, was a great addition to this fair city of Leeds and now the team behind it have another venture to wet our whistles.
Whilst the USA certainly got it right with old cars, here in the UK we’ve got the right idea about old buildings. Taking the old Headrow House, built in the early 1900’s, and restoring this old mill into a brand new mixed use space is the kind of move that’ll keep this city great.
Photo: Tom Joy
Headrow House has been designed as an event, arts and food destination. It’s been a year in the making and will feature new brands Ox Club (restaurant) and Redondo Beach (cocktail bar).
As well as those you can enjoy the beer hall, 2 roof terraces, a and a 150 capacity event space, with over four floors to explore.
The project sees the operators of Belgrave Music Hall, Ash Kollakowski and Simon Stevens take on their second property and join forces with award-winning street food operator Ben Davy to produce what they hope will be a unique venue.
“Simon and I met Ben during his residency at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen where he’d developed the Dough Boys, Patty Smiths and Fu-Schnickens street food concepts, the later of which won the British Street Food Award in 2014. We got on really well and really admired his creativity so when he trialled Ox Club as part of the Food Lab series at Belgrave in back in April, we knew we wanted him involved in Headrow House. The menu Ben’s developed is really exciting and we’re importing an amazing Grill Works grill from Michigan in the United States which has to be seen to be believed, we want the kitchen to be a really integral part of the dining experience ” Ash Kollakowski
“What started as an attempt to find a temporary home for Beacons Festival in 2015 quickly turned into a challenging, year-long restoration project. The site is huge and so full of history, the scale was initially a bit daunting but we’ve been able to call on the talents of some of great Leeds companies such as Duke Studios, North Brewing Co., Duo and Laand to help with various aspects of the project. I think a lot of people will be surprised that a building of this size was left neglected for so long, it’s a real hidden gem and we can’t wait to get the doors open.” Simon Stevens
“It’s been a great opportunity to develop some of the ideas that have come out of Belgrave Music Hall. Working on Belgrave Feast and working with Leeds Indie Food on Leeds Feast were both great experiences but opening permanent a bricks and mortar site is every chef’s dream. It’s been great working with the rest of the team researching menus, wines and cocktails and seeing the same attention to detail applied to every aspect of the project. The plans for the beer hall are really unique with unpasteurised beer stored in enormous copper tanks, the first time the system has been used in the UK outside of London, and the guys have put together an incredible range of cask and keg beers.” Ben Davy
The opening of Headrow House also sees the start of Beacons Festival’s 3 month residency, which will see the venue play host to over 100 amazing artists with Dan Avery, Lone Lady, Ralph Lawson, Titus Andronicus, The Wytches, Hookworms, Bo Ningen, LA Priest and many more set to appear over the coming months. More details can be found at www.beaconsmetro.com
Headrow House opens it’s doors officially on Friday 2nd October at 5pm with a huge, free party hosted by Beacons Metro featuring East India Youth, Ghost Culture, Balearic Social Club and Cave Paintings.
And if that wasn’t good enough (hold us back) there’s free food from Ox Club between 5-7pm! Yikes.
Here’s a few details…
Headrow House Opening Hours from October 3rd (subject to change):
MON-WED: 16:00 – 23:00
THURS: 16:00 – 0:00
FRIDAY: 16:00- 02:00
SAT: 11:00 – 02:00
SUN: 11:00 – 23:00
Headrow House first month music listings:
East India Youth,
October 2nd, Headrow House, Leeds, 21:00 Free Entry
October 3rd, Headrow House, Leeds, 19:00, £10
Beacons Metro x 20/20 Vision Recordings present: Christian Löffler, Ralph Lawson, Tristan Da Cuhna
October 3rd, 22:00, Headrow House, Leeds, £10
4th October, 20:00, Headrow House, Leeds, £7.50
Beacons Metro x DIY Present: Nai Harvest,
5th October, 19:00, Headrow House, Free Entry
Supports: Bloody Knees, Abattoir Blues, Forever Cult
8th October, 20:00, Headrow House, Free Entry
Supports: Mothers, Cattle
Polo + Actor (Co Headline Show)
9th October, 19:30, Headrow House, Leeds, Free Entry
Supports: Laminate Pet Animal
10th October, 21:00, Headrow House, Leeds, £6
10th October, 19:00, Headrow House, Leeds, Free Entry
Supports: Kagoule, Crushed Beaks, Sauna Youth
11th October, 19:00, Headrow House, Leeds, £7
Supports: Spring King, The Parrots, Trudy
Dornik + Royce Wood Jr (Co Headline Show)
13th October, 19:30, Headrow House, Leeds, £8
15th October, 20:00, Headrow House, Leeds, £5
Beacons Metro x DIY Present: Girls Names
16th October, 19:00, Headrow House, Leeds, Free Entry
Supports: Feature, Fehm, Chaika
Recon Festival Presents Hookworms w/ Richard Formby
17th October, 15:00, Headrow House, £13.50
18th October, 20:00, Headrow House, £8
Beacons Metro x DIY Present: Best Friends,
20th October, 19:00, Headrow House, Free Entry
Supports: Hannah Lou Clark, Beverly, The Orioles
21st October, 20:00, Headrow House, £7
Micachu & The Shapes
22nd October, 20:00, Headrow House, £8.50
23rd October, 20:00, Headrow House, £8
Supports: Golden Teacher, Galaxians
24th October, 20:00, Headrow House, £5
Supports: Beach Baby
24th October, 20:00, Headrow House, FREE ENTRY
DMA’s + Neon Waltz (Co Headline Show)
25th October, 19:30, Headrow House, £6
26th October, 20:00, Headrow House,
Mates of State
28th October, 20:00, Headrow House, £7
29th October, 20:00, Headrow House, £10
World Islands ft Bo Ningen, Mugstar, Woven Skull, The Rhubarb Triangle
30th October, 19:30, Headrow House, £12