Alas, the amazing Common Place – Leeds premier radical social centre – is closing down after six years.
There’s various reasons for the closure which you can read about in more detail on the Common Place website http://www.thecommonplace.org.uk/ Some of them are understandable, some of them are less so – particularly the ones connected with the rather disappointing attitude of the local authorities (especially the police).
I love the Common Place. I think it’s been a truly brilliant resource for Leeds as well as being a great place to hang out, meet people, have a dance and chill in friendly surroundings. In six years of going I have always felt safe and welcome in the building and I’ve never encountered anything or anyone untoward. It’s been a massive contrast to the vast majority of commercial bars and clubs in Leeds City Centre and I hope that the spirit of the place will manage to continue in some other form.
HOWEVER … sad though this undoubtedly is, there’s going to be a massive party to mark the final weekend on the 23rd -24th of April. The full line up of what’s going on should be on the website but –
I’ll be performing some stories pre-dinner on the 23rd between 5pm and 7pm and there’ll be various other poets, storytellers and spoken word artists there too. There’ll also be bands + live music from 8:30pm – 11:00pm followed by DJ sets from 11:00pm till late.
It should be a fantastic evening. If you’ve ever spent time at the Common Place you’ll know what to expect – if you haven’t I recommend coming along to see what you’ve been missing. AWESOMENESS. Basically.