Open Menu
Add your event

Your what's on guide for events in Leeds

Birdstriking / Unstable Journey / Stephen Lawrie (DJ Set)

Birdstriking / Unstable Journey / Stephen Lawrie (DJ Set)
Dates and times

17 May 2018 7:30pm - 11pm

Show Map

Wharf Chambers

23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ


In the spring of 2009, Birdstriking stood on D-22’s stage for the first time, quickly catching the attention of audience’s and experienced musicians.

The people found that despite occasional stumbles on stage, strings snapping and tuning issues, the band had impressive skill in arrangement and lyric writing. Their music is full of danger and passionate vitality. After observing several shows of Birdstriking, the sharp-sighted music label Maybe Mars decidedly signed with them.

Following their ever improving performance, Maybe Mars’ captain Michael excitedly described the band as one of the “self-confident new generation of Beijing bands” in an article he wrote for Universal about the Chinese underground music scene. In addition to receiving completely from Michael and other musicians, famous creative music website Noisey has made a mini-documentary for the band, and Ray-ban also invited them to play in the brand’s party show. Now, Birdstriking is the most fierce and aggressive new band of Maybe Mars.

Recently labeled by CNN as one of the pioneers of Chinese underground youth, their live shows are frenetic, with the lead singer pouring so much into his singing that he usually leaves the stage drenched in sweat.

They initially established a presence as one of the most exciting members of the new generation of bands coming out of Beijing following the No Beijing wave of bands in 2005-06. The group first achieved wider recognition in 2009 when they were selected as one of three bands to open at Yugong Yishan for PK14, Carsick Cars, and the Gar, a night that has gone down in Beijing legend when more than 300 students were turned away because the 1000-capacity club had sold out.

In 2014 they toured the UK supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe's A Recordings re-released Birdstriking's debut album.

"Birdstriking and the other bands coming out of China right now are enthusiastic to explore and find out what's their own music. And so that's a new energy in the same way that rock 'n' roll was new—young people finding their youth culture and expression," - Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Like Joy Division forming at a Sex Pistols gig a couple of generations before, Birdstriking was born when guitarist He Fan and drummer Wang Xinjiu met at a Carsick Cars show at Beijing's legendary, now-shuttered rock club D-22. From Birdstriking's first time on that same stage in 2009, the band quickly established itself on the Beijing indie rock scene, becoming one of the leaders of a new generation of rockers born after 1990, growing when China was fully open to the West and now as likely to cite as influences homegrown talent like Carsick Cars and P.K. 14 as imported music like Sex Pistols and Joy Division.

Noisey has made a mini-documentary for the band, and they've toured the USA with Brain Jonestown Massacre.

This a very rare, must-see UK appearance.

In 2015 they had a successful North American tour.
In 2017 they released their new album “Holey Brain”, produced by BJM's Ricky Maymi and completed a successful tour of China, Australia and New Zealand

MV "25" (2017): ok, you can make me an admin :)

MV "Feed" (2017):

MV "KAKAKAKA" (2017):

MV "Monkey Snake" (2016):

Photos of the band by San Zi Jiang


Support from Unstable Journey (sonic mulch from Leeds)

Praise for their last album Beast Market:

"Pulsating drone-psych rock from Leeds hits the sweet spot... A simply beautiful, frenzied and deranged journey. Give them some love." 8/10.
Joe Whyte, Louder Than War, June 2016

"Beast Market is an impressive piece of work. While 2013’s A Fire in the Tree’s LP saw the band expand their sonic palette, it’s the arrival of Beast Market that sees Unstable Journey really reach for the stars. Clearly taking their time to craft something special, the band has produced a near 75-minute opus of ambitious and deeply immersive psych-rock... It’s a journey worth taking." 8/10.
Andy Brown, Soundblab, May 2016

"Sounding like they've been brought up on a heavy diet of grunge and psych rock, this is an impressively far-reaching CD. Think Sonic Youth, Pixies, Flying Saucer Attack, Carlton Melton. This Leeds band make a real racket, and I mean that nicely..."
Adam Gillison, Jumbo Records, May 2016


A DJ set from Stephen Lawrie of The Telescopes!

£8 OTD

"Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect."

Entry is £8 on the door

  • Gig
  • Music
About Leeds Inspired

About Leeds Inspired

The Leeds Inspired website lists thousands of events happening in Leeds every year. You’ll find gigs, exhibitions, dance,…

Applying for Leeds Inspired Funding

Applying for Leeds Inspired Funding

Leeds Inspired manages two grant schemes to support arts events and projects in Leeds. Since April 2012 we…

Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

Leeds Inspired grants have supported hundreds of projects, read about some of them here...