I am a student studying English Literature and Language at Leeds University.
Published November 2nd 2012
Bigger Than Barry is the weekly Tuesday night at one of Leeds smallest, but most loved clubs, Mint. Mint has established itself as one of the best small clubs in England with the largest ceiling light display in Europe (based on the Watergate club in Berlin).
If you're looking for a more alternative night in Leeds, then Bigger than Barry is the place for you. Founded in Birmingham by four lads with a shared love for underground dance music and a shared hate for the increasingly monotonous nightlife in Birmingham, Bigger Than Barry showcases some of the best alternative names on the music scene today. With the likes of Redlight, Mj Cole, Fake Blood and Jack Beats.
Perhaps one of the best things about Bigger Than Barry is that it has a night to cater for pretty much every type of music taste, bar top 20 anthems - if you're looking for those, then Oceana might be more up your street. They have been host to the Mother of all Bashment and Dancehall nights Hot Wuk and Jungle Jam playing, you guessed it, Jungle and Bigger Than Barry's resident DJs Silas & Snare Surgeon are ready to 'smash the granny' out of Leeds on a weekly basis. Just last week I went to Bigger Than Barry|ReWind, and as expected, it did not disappoint. ReWind resident DJs played the best in UK garage and UK garage legend Wookie, graced the decks with a sure mix of classic tunes to get everyone out on the dance floor.
Due to the size of the club and the popularity of the nights, the dancefloor does tend to pack out. If you less than relish the idea of spending your night throwing shapes up against a sweaty stranger next to you, then this is certainly not the night for you. However, I personally, and apparently many of the students in Leeds could not think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night. To top it off, the drink deals are dangerously cheap, although not extensive in choice. You can get a jager-bomb for £2 and a double vodka mixer for £2.50.
Tickets for the actual night itself range from £5-£8. Although not a free night, this is generally relatively inexpensive, especially considering the quality of the music. I highly recommend this to anyone who has not already found it and is looking for a different scene to the typical commercial club night. However, if the thought of a sea of flat caps, nose studs and American Apparel clad students makes you feel nauseas, then I'd give it a miss.