Back to Basics flyers

A stalwart of the Leeds club scene for 20 years, iconic house night Back To Basics is renowned for both its music and its flyer artwork – a familiar sight around the city.

Flyer from 1992

Now two decades worth of these flyers have been brought together for exhibition Excess All Areas, which is at Leeds Gallery before travelling to London.

Flyer from 1993

The images were all curated by Back To Basics promoter Dave Beer, in collaboration with designer Nic Gundill, who recalls the pair starting out by hand-cutting the type and using a repromaster camera.

Flyer from 1999

Beer says, ‘I’ve always approached each flyer as a piece of art, prioritising the image and its message over the actual information about the night it was supposed to be promoting.

Flyer from 2000

‘I spent so much time refining the flyers, many were delivered late; so late in fact that the party had often already happened by the time the flyer went to print.’

Flyer from 2003

He adds, ‘I look around at street culture today, at the work of artists like Banksy, and I see a real connection between what we were doing then and what they are doing today.’

Flyer from 2004

Excess All Areas, 20 Years of Back to Basics, is at Leeds Gallery until 19 March. The exhibition will then travel to London.

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  • despo November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    amazing!! I have 14 years of dancing, working as a ‘busboy’ – to lighting attendant to djing (when asked!) and have a wall full at home… they always absurdly summed up the zeitgeist of the club, sometimes Leeds and a Yorkshire mentality – then the UK…. i’m still going – especially seen as i am actually playing upstairs all eve with my main man – tristan da cunha…. always putting the ‘art’ in party….. despout X

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