Twenty two year old Seth Buckle set up Shook Events in 2017 during his final year studying Primary Physical Education and Sports Coaching, alongside friend Ashok Flint.
Since launching, the company has hosted eight events at two venues in Leeds and the pair have launched Shook Management as an artist booking agency which has 14 acts on their roster; taking bookings, promoting their music and hosting live events.
Seth said: “Most club nights in Leeds were similar in terms of music and production – spotting a gap in the market, so we set up our own. We like to put our own stamp on things and the way we work with venues and acts is what makes our company unique. We try not to limit ourselves to one genre of music so it ranges from UK Garage, Bassline and Bass House to Drum and Bass, and Dubstep, and we work with intimate venues that have no more than a 500 capacity which offers a better experience for our customers.”
Previously an Event Manager in Worcester for three years before and during his time at University, Seth’s first opportunity to host his own club night came in November 2016 when a friend offered a room at his club night. Seth and Ashok hosted a Room 2 at a nightclub in Worcester and the idea for Shook Events in Leeds was born.
To celebrate the company’s first birthday, Shook Events will host a club night at The Old Red Bus Station in Leeds on Saturday, 21 April. With seven acts and Room 2 support from Yard Sessions, the event has completely sold out of pre-sale tickets (although some will be available on the door for £15). In the same week, they’ll also co-host an event in Sheffield with Peachy Events.
Seth added: “With our first birthday just around the corner, we have pulled out all the stops to make sure we deliver an exciting show for our customers, with our own full club decor alongside plenty of special guests. It is set to be a show to remember.
Earlier this year, Seth was awarded a £500 bursary through Leeds Trinity University’s Inspiring Futures Programme, which he’ll use to plan future events.
Phil Williams, business start-up advisor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The University is delighted to be able to support Seth financially through the Inspiring Futures Programme – which is all about supporting our students and recent graduates to excel and fulfil their potential. Seth has achieved fantastic success with his business so far and it’s a testament to his hard work that he’s not only celebrating his first year in business, but also looking to continue its growth in the future.”
Seth added: “I’d like to say a big thanks to the Leeds Trinity Enterprise team for supporting our ambition and helping us make this business a reality. In particular a big thanks to Phillip Williams for his continued support, advice and words of wisdom.”
Seth has high ambitions for his company, wanting to dominate the Yorkshire scene and become a leading club brand across the country.
He said: “We are really looking forward to the first year celebrations in Leeds and Sheffield, with bigger plans and so much more to come in our second year. We’d like to have weekly club nights in and around Leeds with bigger nights booked in at different cities at least twice per month.
“We’d like stage takeovers booked at festivals, and our resident DJs booked at other club nights across the country. We’ll always continue to bring through fresh and exciting talent into the underground night club scene, and I’m really excited about what the future will bring. This really is just the beginning for Shook Events and Shook Management.”