Inside Tokyo Industries' new venue in Leeds.
Nick Hill

Tokyo Industries launches Church Leeds to city’s booming club scene

Tokyo Industries, which owns and operates bars, clubs and music festivals across the UK, has opened its latest venue, Church Leeds.

Church Leeds is a new arts and event space located in an 18th century former church on Leeds University campus.

The venue was launched via a joint venture with Leeds clubbing legend Dave Beer of ‘Back to Basics’.

The building, on Woodhouse Lane, features an adjoining 500 capacity chapel, which will double as a music venue and street food emporium/bar throughout the week.

Aaron Mellor, who founded Tokyo Industries in 1997, said: “The new event space takes performance elements of the work we’ve been doing in Ibiza this summer, mixing them with live music, art installs, street food markets and of course incredible DJs and parties”.

The Church space connects into the existing ‘Get Baked’ anti-concept food venue which is located in the former Sunday School of the same premises.

These facilities will be used to teach cooking classes in association with Get Baked, various street food vendors and also Zest, a charity funded by Jamie Oliver’s Cooking School.

The music venue area will accommodate smaller club nights and live music events, with the main section lending itself to bigger parties. The main hall features a sound system adaptable for live shows and club events plus a fully isolated mezzanine area that can be incorporated into the main space or used as a second room.

Connected by an outdoor terrace, the old vicarage is the final section of the building and will house the Back To Basics Music Academy.

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