2016: our best bits

2016 has been a monumental year for events that will go down in the history, for better and for worse… But let’s not forget what an incredibly rich and diverse year it was for music!

At Canal Mills, we loved hosting every single one of our parties, trying new foods, drinking craft beers, and raving with world-class DJs – so, we want to share the best parts of it all with you.


In 2016…



We danced for nine hours straight at Annie Mac’s All Day Rave with Groove Armada, Paul Woolford, Section Boyz and Fatima Yamaha…


We tried delicious food from independent vendors at Brandon Street Night Market for the Leeds Indie Food Festival…


We spoke to DJ Harvey on his impressive DJ career ahead the Red Bull Music Academy which we hosted with Leon Vynehall, Job Jobse and Palms Trax on the decks…


We held the biggest NYD party to date, celebrating eight years of Mono_cult,  one of the north’s most iconic house and techno night with Nina Kravitz, Bicep, John Talabot, Midland and Matt Long. It set the bar high for 2016…


Since then, we made sure every night was as big and bold as the last…


Staff picks…


None of these big moments would have happened without our amazing team, so here are our favourite memories of 2016!



elliotElliot Holt – Promotions Manager

Canal Mills event of the year? New Year’s Day 2016

Album of the year? Innervisions Secret Weapons Vol. 8

Track of the year? Adam Port – Tonight (12″ Autobahn Mix)

DJ/act of the year? Job Jobse

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? 212 Bar



Rob Hallas

Canal Mills event of the year? Not had it yet but hands down line up wise has to be NYD (Motor city Drum Ensemble in particular!)

Track of the year? Bonobo – Kerala

DJ/act of the year? Anderson Paak at Obonjan was pretty special

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? Chimp / Distrikt / Bundobust




Taro Farrell – Production

Canal Mills event of the year? Canal Mills Garden Party

Album of the year? Moodymann – DJ Kicks

Track of the year? Midland – Final Credits

DJ/act of the year? Francesco Del Garda







Matt Long – Events manager

Canal Mills event of the year? Brewers Market beer festival / Best club show – The Garden Party 🙂

Track of the year? Mood Hut – Better

DJ/act of the year? My favourite sets this year; Live – James Blake at O2 Academy, Leeds. DJ – Floating points at Hydra London

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? Zucco or Stories are winners




Andy Wright – Venue Manager

Canal Mills event of the year? Brewers Market

Track of the year? FISH

DJ/act of the year? Hunee








Bruce Lerman

Canal Mills event of the year? Brandon St x Hedonist Project

Album of the year? Anderson Paak-  Malibu

Track of the year? Escorting Sarah- Elephant in my box

DJ/act of the year? Gerd Janson

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? Shears Yard






Lance Holden – Marketing Manager

Canal Mills event of the year? Mono_cult The Last Dance

Album of the year? Virginia – Fierce For The Night

Track of the year? Leon Vynehall – Rainbow on the Midnight Road

DJ/act of the year? The Black Madonna! Who joins us on New Year’s Day…

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? Zapp food is spicy and cheap!


Jaguar Binghajag2m – Content Producer

Canal Mills event of the year? B.Traits All Night Long at Wire

Album of the year? Dusky – Outer

Track of the year? Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version) still obsessed with this classic!!

DJ/act of the year? DJ: Flava D at fabric; live: Little Simz at Belgrave.

Favourite independent shop/venue/bar/cafe in Leeds? Bundobust EVERY TIME !!!




The plan for 2017?



We’re going to be partying our way out of this year right into the next with our HUGE NEW YEAR’S LINE-UP including MK, Modeselektor, and Mixmag’s DJ of the year, THE BLACK MADONNA. We’ve also got Hannah Wants, Dusky and Solardo booked in for the first quarter of 2017, so lots to look forward to.

Happy New Year, we’ll see you on the dance floor!

Words by Jaguar Bingham. Follow her here