The Death of a Northern Night

A state of cultural emergency in Yorkshire

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“What’s going to happen now? We were still building the community.”

It’s unsurprising that the local community has rallied behind the MAP team; here is an educational provision, poised to take on students with complex, challenging needs and to partly fund themselves. “I’m not sure that a lot of the kids that we have worked with historically are getting the best deal or support possible at the moment even compared to what they would have been able to access five years ago,” Smith believes. With more financial uncertainty on the horizon as our politicians grapple with the Brexit boondoggle, increasing concerns about so-called ‘county lines’ drug dealing networks that exploit vulnerable children and adults, and sustained cuts to youth programming and education, keeping places like MAP effective seems more pertinent than ever.

“What we need to do as a community is consolidate through safe spaces. So when the waters rise, so to speak, we still have places that benefit the younger people and benefits creatives.”

Leeds has a rich musical history, but is the clubbing scene fading fast? Well, some are more optimistic than others. “Leeds is really vibrant for clubs,” Ralph Lawson, perhaps the most prominent house DJ in Yorkshire, says. “There are loads of cool venues and there are several plans to open new ones. Underground clubbing will get pushed further out, as we are now seeing in London as well, but there are some really cool spaces already around and more coming soon.” Last year, Lawson curated the Inner City Electronic Festival which used 11 commercial venues across the city in one day.

I’m a London-based writer and this is my blog. You can read my VICE articles here: https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/simon-doherty

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