Wharf Chambers is a Co-operative Club in the centre of Leeds (of which I am a fairly recent member after first going drinking in there about six months ago), known for putting on a wide range of LGBT+-friendly events and music gigs. Seven by Seven is a roving, Leeds-based, open decks session where anyone can come along and play seven of their 7″ 45rpm singles. The group bills itself as “No DJ skills needed. No pressure. No egos. No competition” and that was certainly my impression when the two organisations came together, not for the first time for them (although it was for me), on the 5th of January 2020.
Way back when, I played a couple of DJ slots at Cambridge RockSoc’s Wake Up Screaming (so long ago that there’s no mention of my sets on the current, slightly out-of-date website). That was all off CDs and albums, though, and my single collection is a little sparse. Undaunted, I dug out seven non-embarrassing singles and supplemented those with another seven I bought from the bargain boxes at Huddersfield’s Vinyl Tap.
The event had just started when I arrived and I received a warm welcome from all present. I added my name to the list on the blackboard and settled down to enjoy the music and conversation, while also trying to pick up pointers for when it was time for my set. Jo, who was on before me was very helpful in that respect. We discovered a few old haunts in common, having both grown up near Sheffield and her set was a lot of fun.
Then it was my turn. I was a little nervous at the start, but soon got back into the swing of things. People seemed to enjoy my choices, and I had fun teasing them with the false ending to T’Pau’s live version of ‘China in Your Hand’. The most popular track was probably Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s a Heartache’, although a few people bounced around enthusiastically to my closer of Half Man Half Biscuit’s ‘Trumpton Riots’ too.
Having played my set, it was time to switch from soft drinks to beer and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. I definitely plan to attend again at some point, probably when they visit Wharf Chambers again, although I may try one of the other venues as well. I need to buy more records as well.
And for the curious, my full set (also listed on their website) was:
Cher – Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
L.A. Guns – Some Lie 4 Love
Adam & The Ants – Stand & Deliver
The Wonder Stuff – That’s Entertainment
Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache
T’Pau – China In Your Hand (Live)
Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots
There are also some photos from the event itself in the Seven by Seven Gallery.