Butter Side Up has been rolling out the big name line ups for a number of years now. Hunee, Margaret Dygas and Marcellus Pittman have been its most recent visitors to the Wire basement, and played storming sets. But the night wouldn’t work without a rugged backbone of residents. And, in many ways, BSU anchors the house and techno scene in Leeds, providing a home for heads and party freaks across the city. Naturally, the Friends & Family Parties are held in just as high regard as their billed events.


Friday’s (8th January 2015) party, however, will see one of BSU’s more illustrious friends come out to play: Nick Craddock.

Nick is one of the country’s most respected DJs in any genre. He associates with the fiercest record collectors on the circuit, regularly playing b2b or on bills with the likes of Ben UFO and Jane Fitz. If you want to learn a thing or two about techno, this is your man. He’s been doing his thing since the 90s, and has recently rose to cult prominence, voted into FACT Magazine’s list of ‘100 underrated DJs who deserve more shine’ in 2014. His usual haunt is South East London where he hosts his Gateway To Zen techno party. But he’s no stranger to this neck of the woods.


“I’d been aware of Butter Side Up pretty soon after it started, just noting that it seemed to be a night with some promise on the strength of their bookings etc. On a personal level, I met Ciaran Hansen some time after, and struck up a friendship. I’ve played at another night he’s involved in, Dogeatdog, so it’s nice that we’re doing a b2b together for BSU. I was also down there as a punter for the last birthday when Hunee played, which was a great night.

“I played at Wire last year for David Kennedy’s [Pearson Sound] Acetate night. I’d heard positive accounts of Wire from the Hessle guys – specifically how comfortable it was to play there, so I was very keen, and it delivered. It was a bit of a priority for me to get back up there, I guess, so I’m looking forward to Friday.”

Alongside Nick will be buttery cronies TMS (Odd Socks / Mora Music) and Mike Stockell (KMAH Radio / Hold The Relish), plus the residents: Hamish Cole, Hugh Bailey, Jonny Sleight & Ciaran Hansen.

The January sale means it’ll be free before 12 and £5 OTD after, so get down early.

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