There’s a new kid on the block.
And University of Huddersfield student Liam Ward, the man behind the just born monthly Hang the DJ night, hopes it will help champion the sound of Huddersfield.
The night’s mash-up of live bands and alternative music brought hundreds to its first event last month.
Now Liam, 19, hopes it will become a regular feature at the newly-taken over Crowd Pleaser venue on the site of the old Zetland bar on Queensgate.
His plan is to bring in national bands to headline each event who will be supported by local acts to boost their profile to those living in different parts of the country.
“I had the idea of putting on a night like this since I moved here one year and a half ago, said Liam, who moved to Huddersfield from Birmingham.
“I thought it would be good to have a night that combined live music and djs.
“I went to a few places but there was not a lot of alternative club nights in the town centre where you could go and dance like mad aside from Camel.
“And in terms of the live bands, I realised how much people love this in Huddersfield.
“From what I’ve experienced the scene is impressive but we need more outlets to get our musicians out there, so I hoped my night could help add to that.”
He hosted his first night at Byram Arcade on January 30.
“The first event was unbelievable.
“I was only expecting 60 people but they just poured in and I think we ended up with in between 200 and 250 overall.
“I’ve decided to move venues to Crowd Pleaser, where I hope to run the night on the first Thursday of every month.
“We’re putting on our first on March 3 to see how it works out there.”
He talked about the upcoming night.
“We’re going to have bands playing from 7.30pm to midnight down stairs.
“Indie band Bridges will be headlining and it’s great to get the venue included on their national tour, which includes London, Bristol and Manchester.
“I will DJ downstairs after and upstairs djing will be Jack Parker, who runs BBC Introducing West Midlands.
“We had all local bands the first night but I want to have national bands headlining with local bands supporting, which I hope will raise their profile more.
“My main aim is to bring Huddersfield up to the level for live music as Birmingham and get people to travel here to see acts.”
It is Liam’s latest venture in the town.
“When I was 13 music became my life and I’ve worked my way up in studios since then.
“In Huddersfield I also DJ in the Parish every Wednesday and am working closely with Crowd Pleaser.
“We want to bring not just music to the venue but film nights and art too.”
Tickets to the next night are £3 advance or £4 on the door.
Go to : www.facebook.com/HangTheDJHud