Mon 11 Apr 2022, 7:30pmThe Brudenell Social Club 33 Queen's Road
£13.50 including the booking fee
About the event
+ Special Guests TBA
Prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar boldly reforges contemporary Saharan music and “rock music“ by melding Eddie Van Halen pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and guitar shredding, field recordings, drums rhythms, poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers to rip a new hole in the sky with the Afrique Victime album.
Mdou Moctar’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger. Inspired by YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six string techniques and traditional Tuareg melodies, he mastered the guitar which he himself built and created his own burning style. Mdou went on to tell his story as an aspiring artist by writing, producing & starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – which translates to “Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It”, winning the approval of his family and his community. The word and the sound travelled across West Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music distribution. Gruelling DIY world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s landmark Ilana: The Creator album that earned Mdou Moctar an ecstatic international audience.
The band‘s youngest member is prodigal drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, also a member of both the well-known Niger band Sultanat Star De L’air and the longest running wedding band in Agadez, Etran De L’air. Souleymane’s playing on this album ferociously sets a new standard for the “rock” drumset.
More information on the artist.
Brudenell Social Club has step free access from the entrance through to both event rooms. There is also a newly installed accessible toilet, which is accessed via a RADAR key.
Bookable Access Facilities + How to Apply
- Personal Assistant tickets
We offer a Personal Assistant ticket to any customer who may not be able to attend a show without the support of a PA and has already purchased their own valid ticket. If you require a PA ticket, please give us an email to discuss your requirements. We will then confirm this ticket via email. You will be asked to provide evidence for the PA ticket to be issued in the form of a scan of a PIP/DLA letter, a blue badge, access card etc alongside proof of a valid ticket for the show in question.
- Accessible viewing area
If you require use of a viewing area and/or a seat, please let us know in advance, to ensure we are aware of your access needs. Please note, we do not have a designated viewing platform, but have multiple accessible viewing points in both event rooms which we’re happy to reserve.
- Accessible parking
There is parking available at Brudenell Social Club. We do not have specific accessible parking bays.
Travel Guide and Arrival Guide
Taxis can drop customers off within our car park, right outside our front door. Our nearest train station is Burley Park, which is 850 metres away. Leeds Station is also nearby, at 3080 metres away. Our nearest bus stop is 120 metres away from our front door, and is served by the 56 route to and from Leeds City Centre/train station
The Brudenell is open from 12pm, and the gig rooms tend to open from 7:30pm as standard, door time is usually printed on the ticket.
If you require early entrance into the venue as part of your access requirements, we can make these arrangements but must be informed prior to the event.
At the Brudenell we have one accessible toilet, which is situated 30 metres from the main room viewing area and 16 metres from the Community room viewing area.
Customers with Medical Requirements
The Brudenell welcome customers who may need to bring medication, food, drink or medical equipment to manage a medical condition. We may be able to keep medication refrigerated for you, so just let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.
We welcome assistance dogs into the venue and will happily provide a bowl of water if needed. However, not all events are suitable so please contact us before hand. We may be able to offer a location where the dog could stay during the gig, but please get in touch to discuss this further.
We regularly use flashing lighting. If this affects you in any way then please let us know in advance and we will do what we can to avoid this. Occasionally a band will bring their own lighting with them which may contain strobe lighting. In the event this happens, signs will be displayed on the evening. Please get in touch if you have any concerns.
Other Info (e.g. assisted performances)
At present we do not offer any assisted performance options, but this is something we are exploring.
We do not have any lowered bars at the moment, but our staff are willing to help in any way they can.
Large Text / Easy To Read Guides
A printable copy of this information can be downloaded in PDF format here.
An easy to read menu with our standard drink prices can be viewed here.
Attitude is Everything
We are working with Attitude is Everything and have been awarded silver on their Grassroots Charter of Best Practice. Attitude is Everything recruit Mystery Shoppers and Volunteers, so do contact them if you are interested.
If you need to contact us with a venue access query please note we must have at least five working days notice before the show you are enquiring about. All access related enquiries are dealt with via the email below.
0113 275 2411 (during office hours only, 10am-6pm Mon-Fri)
Please be aware that if your request is for a PA ticket, please use the email address above, we need at least two weeks in order to process these sorts requests. For all PA tickets we require proof of eligibility and also proof of purchase of at least one valid ticket for the show.