In a special Halloween Base Session, Champion Up North present one of Leeds’ most intriguing and freshest ensembles: A Man About A Dog. They originally formed last year and consist of six local revellers who are certainly no strangers to Leeds’ decadent music scene.
They have spent the summer touring Yorkshire and beyond with their most high-profile appearances taking place at The Wardrobe, Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park Unity Day, Sunday Joint, Audio Farm Festival, Funk Yo Couch and six other festivals.
With a musical pedigree equal to many massive breakthrough artists, their sound can only be described as a funking delightful mix of hot hip-hop, sexy soul, unfettering funk and jaunty jazz.
What makes them unique, unusual and special is that they don’t play the genre game having blurred the lines by saturating their groovy and uncompromising live sound with contemporary samples by incorporating locally revered DJM.
This year at Unity Day was where the boys first really came to my attention, I was blown away by Rory (bass), Zebedee (drums), Sam (keys), Rob (strings), Luke (percussion) and Dan (turntables) and their quirky and divergent approach to entertaining the adoring melee that was the audience.
Upon returning from the one-day festival I was ecstatic to learn that their tunes, including ‘2 Bags of Grass’ and ‘Corned Beef and Valium’ produced by up and coming talent Liam Adams, which engaged the crowd so well were available for free from their Soundcloud page.
This performance will mark the end of Champion Up North’s latest programme at The Base, which has seen a variety of events including art and photography exhibitions and a performance from pioneers of the Leeds Grime scene, Dialect and Matter.
Can’t make it on the night? Don’t fret, Champion Up North TV will be streaming the event live to the world, click here for the action. Otherwise, the gig will take place at The Base on 31st October with doors opening at 19:00. Bring ID if you look under 25 and want to make use of our fully licenced bar. Game on.