A Guide to the Venues of Huddersfield

A Guide to the Venues of Huddersfield

Unbeknownst to many a fresher, Huddersfield is actually home to several great little music venues, that often fly under the radar of many a music aficionado. As many of you will know, Huddersfield is ideally located fairly close to Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, all great cities for live music, however you don’t always have to travel to get your gig fix. Here are some live music venues in Huddersfield that any fan of live music needs to check out.

Wood Street

Wood Street is a delightfully quirky little bar and craft beer shop situated on, you guessed it, Wood Street in the town centre. In addition to its astronomical collection of beer, Wood Street also plays host to numerous live acts of varying descriptions, from folk musicians to reggae artists, everyone is welcome at Wood Street. Certainly a good spot if you are wanting to discover new music, or have a taste for something a little more obscure. Make sure to check out the open mic night on a Thursday, you will not be disappointed.

Look out for: Boo Sutcliffe Band, Rattle & Thud: Battle of the Bands, Taj Abbott

 

Otso

A vibrant, interesting venue situated under the railway arches, Otso (Previously called Little Buddha Bar) is one to explore, with numerous events featured throughout the week. The genres of music you will find here are numerous, but with a large focus on drum & bass, dub and reggae as well as various other fantastic sounds for you to experience, you will never get bored at Otso. This is a great place to discover some fairly underground artists, as well as meet some great people in the incredibly welcoming and friendly atmosphere it provides.

Look out for: DJ Woody, Sawfinger, Philfee

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

The biggest venue in the Huddersfield area with a capacity of 650, The Picturedrome still feels fairly intimate and welcoming, something which many people agree on, as it placed 2nd in NME’s Britain’s Best Small Venue competition back in 2014. It is a popular venue with some acts, with The Stranglers, Wilko Johnson and The Darkness playing with some frequency. As well as putting on some great acts, The Picturedrome also hosts film nights, and is one of the main venues for the Holmfirth Film Festival. Keep an eye on their events page, some of the acts are certainly worth the short bus ride out there.

Look out for: The Skids, Peter Hook & The Light, Skindred

 

Small Seeds

Formerly known as Bar 1:22, Small Seeds has been a staple of the local music scene for many years, showcasing a variety of acts, with everything from indie, funk and soul, right up to world brass and Balkan folk music. In addition to playing host to local bands, the venue has attracted artists from all over the globe, giving it a really inclusive, welcoming atmosphere, and showing Huddersfield a wider range of music than ever before. Small Seeds also hosts an acoustic club on a Tuesday night which is well worth a visit.

Look out for: Nu Popes, Dana Ali Band, Klonk!

 

The Parish

The Parish is a great little venue that has played host to some fantastic acts, such as While She Sleeps, Sonic Boom Six and Modern Baseball. Despite the relatively small size of The Venue (which is situated in an outbuilding that is actually called ‘The Venue’), it has booked many artists that could attract a crowd much bigger than the 200 person capacity of The Parish, but they come back for the same reasons we do: the guarantee of an intimate show with a great atmosphere. Watch out for acoustic nights featuring local musicians as well as jazz evenings and poetry slam events, all which prove very entertaining. The Parish also features many local bands who are often worth checking out: you never know, you may find your new favourite band.

Look out for: Counterparts/Expire, The Mouse Outfit, Krokodil

Winter Warmer Pea & Ham Soup

Winter Warmer Pea & Ham Soup

As the leaves fall to the ground and the wind blows colder, we start to long for comfort; trading in nights spent stumbling around the pubs and clubs in an inebriated state for being snuggled under a blanket in front of the fire with a good book. The same applies with food. Goodbye delicate, artisan dishes and other tasty morsels intended to tantalise the palate, hello soups, stews pies and puddings.

This is a recipe I made on a whim last year to use up some leftover ham from a Christmas party. My flatmate loved it so much I decided to make it again to a slightly more exact recipe.

Serves 4

Ingredients: 

400g Garden peas (drained)

300g Petit pois (drained)

300ml Vegetable stock

250g Diced ham

1 Large red chilli  (finely chopped)

4 tbsp. Creme Frâiche

1 tbsp. Mint sauce

1 tsp. of Marjoram (dried)

1 tsp. of Sage (dried)

1/2 a tsp. of Thyme (dried)

Salt and pepper to taste

This can either be prepared in a slow cooker or a decent sized saucepan. I opted for the slow cooker this time around, because it shortens cooking time by around 10 minutes.

First, set your slow cooker or hob on relatively high, and add the peas, chopped chilli, mint sauce and the dried herbs. stir gently for 30 seconds before slowly adding in the stock, stirring all the time. When all the stock is in, leave to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring infrequently. If cooking on the hob, you may need to turn the heat down to ensure you don’t boil over.

After you have finished simmering the peas, stir in the creme frâiche. You will need either a food processor or a hand blender for this next part. I used a blender attachment in my food processor as I found it gave a smoother consistency, but using a hand bender will still yield delicious results. Transfer the mixture into a blender and blitz until smooth. Then transfer back to the pan/slow cooker and add the ham. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for a further 5-6 minutes.

Serve with a spoonful of creme frâiche stirred in and some crusty bread.