The event, which originally started in 1994, has been a focal point for fans of jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul in Leeds, with legends such as Corinne Bailey Rae and Yussef Dayes who have graced the scene several times over the past two decades.
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But in the wake of the pandemic, Sunday Joint was forced to close its doors for the first time in 27 years, leaving its future uncertain to organizers as well as fans across town.
This weekend marks their glorious return to Leeds, with London-based group Project Hilts bringing their love of jazz, soul, hip-hop and grime to HiFi in a stunning performance that is sure to leave its mark.
In-house band LNC3 will also join the lineup tomorrow night, which welcomes special guests from the Leeds Conservatory each week to perform alongside them.
This weekend, the group is inviting Sheffield MC Yusuf Yellow to perform tracks from their brand new hip-hop and neo-soul EP released this month.
After both performances, HiFi’s resident DJs play a mix of hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae until the early hours of the morning to end the evening in style.
At the event, Sunday Joint DJ and Founder Lubomir Jovanovic said:
“There were times I wondered if we would come back, but after 27 years of weekly live music at the Sunday Joint, it would have been sad to stop.
“Sunday Joint has been a very important part of the Leeds music scene since its inception – it has been the first place of entry for many new young bands, often at the equally legendary Leeds Conservatory, but it has also seen international stars play there.
“In this short period of attention, when a weekly session is applauded for having reached its first anniversary and is considered legendary if it reaches five years of age, the fact that Sunday Joint has endured, survived and is still here for twenty-seven years. later, pandemic included, is proof that we are doing the right thing. “
The Sunday Joint starts at 8 p.m. and admission is completely free each week.
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