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Good beats meet goodwill: Ninety Nine's Sheaf St Cafeteria Meal Ticket

19 January 2016
Good beats meet goodwill: Ninety Nine's Sheaf St Cafeteria Meal Ticket
You know what they say: “There’s nothing like giving to those in need while you party”. OK, so maybe they don’t say that, but it doesn’t make it any less true. And this Saturday you can enjoy guilt-free fun, jiving the night away and simultaneously helping a worthy cause courtesy of Leeds-based DJ collective, Ninety Nine.

Ninety Nine comes to Sheaf St

On 23rd January party-goers are invited to Ninety Nine’s free party at Duke Studios’ sister space, Sheaf Street Cafeteria. Along with a selection of hand-picked local DJs, including Love Muscle’s Michael Upson, Audio Chronicle’s Alex Ogilvie and Amy Alford and Turbo Recordings’ Zia, Ninety Nine will be serving up house and disco delights from 7pm till 2am.

The quintet, who formed after meeting on the Leeds party scene several years ago, are a dab hand at organising parties, which they’ve thrown everywhere from canal boats to record stores. Recent months have seen the boys busily building a name for themselves across the country, playing the main stage at Rumbellion Festival in Essex and packing out The 212 Cafe & Bar for a pre-Christmas bash.

Ninety Nine DJ and event organiser James Bevan explains: “Our events have always had a lot of good, really welcoming friends at the core. You don't always get that vibe if you just go straight in and book a headliner; the crowd is different. We wanted our events to take a different journey. We really believe that encouraging intimate, friendly nights that showcase DJs we respect and embrace the local community is the way to go.”

Party with a purpose

With an impeccable track record of finely orchestrated hedonism, Ninety Nine have decided to mix things up, adding a dash of altruism to their tried and tested formula. Combining their signature “come one, come all” style with a food bank, their upcoming party will support NGO and charity Trussell Trust. The Trust, which works to end hunger and address poverty in local communities, co-ordinates food banks and fundraisers nationwide.

Bevan, who works at Sheaf Street, was inspired to organise the upcoming food bank by his personal experience of the Trust: “We've been collecting food for Trussell’s South and East Leeds Food Bank in Duke Studios for the last couple of months. The principle is helping those who really need it to feed themselves and their family. It was motivating to see people so passionate about a cause we feel is so important.”

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So throw on your dancing shoes, rummage through your food cupboards and head along to Sheaf Street Cafeteria this Saturday. It won’t help much with the hangover, but knowing you’ve given a little something back may lessen the blow.

For more details about the event and a full list of food you can take along, visit the event page on Facebook.

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