I saw The Evens play here a couple of years back and it was FANTASTIC! Okay, this had a little to do with the Evens themselves, but still, what a great venue! There's something really atmospheric and a little spooky about a rock/folk band playing in a church. And Amy's powerful, haunting voice only adds to that vibe (as well as plastering you up against the nearest wall with its power).
The Evens ascetic, preachy vibe was perfectly suited to this venue: the hard wood pews, the spooky light coming through the stained glass windows, the (I think) Gothic architecture The packed hall, lots of people sitting cross-legged up front, it all gave a fantastic feeling of community very fitting to a church. It all just came together for one of the most intense gigs ever!
This church has only recently been shown in all its glory as for a long time it was covered in scaffolding undergoing renovations. It now stands out on Boar Lane in the shopping area of Leeds as a magnificent Georgian building. It is a Church of England church and still holds services of Holy Communion Sunday, Tuesday and Friday although most people probably don't realise this. I heard that the congregation is very small (but strong) and for most of the time is is an arts and music venue holding gigs and exhibitions. It is a great venue for this so its nice to see that it can survive running simultaneously as a place for worship and art.
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