(Plus Leeds DJs LUSCIOUS and marjai) (South Africa)


Thu 12 Oct 2023


Left Bank Leeds
Cardigan Road
Leeds LS6 1LJ


Live Performance and DJ sets


Pay What You Can £2–£25
Recommended price £15
Plus booking fees
Bridging experimental music and operatic performance, South African artist Desire Marea is joined by a four-piece band at Left Bank Leeds.

Orchestral, ceremonial, divine – this concert set in Left Bank’s stunning Grade II* listed building is an experience not to be missed.

Desire’s 2023 album On the Romance of Being was album of the week at The Quietus and a New Music Fix record at BBC Radio 6 Music.

The album celebrates the communal, ceremonial and healing qualities of music, sonically taking in post-gospel, spiritual jazz and the ancient music of the Nguni and Ndau peoples.

Desire’s forthcoming EP The Baddies Of Isandlwana brings together an infusion of sounds that dominate nightlife in South Africa, such as gqom, amapiano and Afrobeat.

Traversing electronic genres, Desire has drawn fans from across the globe, including Grace Jones, who recently invited Desire to perform at her Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

The line-up also includes Leeds DJ LUSCIOUS, serving relentless euphoria and breakneck percussion, and marjai, weaving global drum sonics with a DIY ethos.

Your Experience

What to expect

This is a concert performance in a freeform, non-seated setting – featuring music and two DJs.


240 mins

Age guidance



English / Zulu

Content guidance

May contain flashing lights and haze.

Access information

Step free access

There is step free access to the event and one accessible portaloo at the venue.


Some seating will be available in the form of benches and high-backed chairs.

Open door policy

We have an open door policy across all shows at Transform, meaning ticket holders are welcome to come and go as they need.

More information

Head to Transform’s Access page for more information.

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