Knaves Kitchen

Knaves Kitchen


For over 21 years Oporto has brought the best drinks, music and atmosphere to the loving crowds of Leeds with the best food & drink, resident DJs and weekly live music curated by Dead Young Records and their talented friends.

Located at the edge of the city centre, it’s a short stride from all transport links but a world away from your average small bar & venue. With a 120 capacity venue attached to the infamous Call Lane bar you can plan or attend a huge range of events with us or just let your hair down in a safe and inclusive space for fun lovers from all walks of life.

Whether you’re dancing on the bar, watching an intimate candle lit acoustic show or losing it in a sweaty rock gig, Oporto punches well above its weight, with a newly installed PA, stage & acclaimed vegan junk food pop-up Knaves Kitchen there’s plenty more fun to come.


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Graeme, Jed, Luke & George are China Rats, a rock n roll band from Leeds, if you've not heard 'em you soon will. Following massive shows at the likes of Benicassim, London Calling and Leeds Festival the lads recently packed the main room of the Cockpit for Live at Leeds.
Come see them at this intimate hometown show before they jet off for the summers festivals & become huge.

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Tuesday 11th June
8-11 (bar till 2am)

£3 advance tickets from Jumbo/Crash and:

Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds

Leeds Loves Cocktails: Whiskey a-go-go party!
The Dours, The Witch Stripes & The SSSSS
Free Entry

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 Show me the way, to the next whisky bar! Oporto has teamed up with Jonnie Walker and Jack Daniels to bring some of the finest blues bands ever assembled back for one more whisky soaked party...

The Dours

People are strange, as Jim Morrison once sang, in his honour we have assembled a fitting tribute band made up of members of Post War Glamour Girls and their talented friends. They're gonna light this fire baby! 


The Witch Stripes

Jack White is THE MAN in modern Rock & Roll and Blues, Witch Hunt know that and on NYE they caused quite a stir covering the duo at the Brudenell's annual shindig. Come fall in love with a girl (and boy) all over again.



The Seven Sultans of the Setting Sun of Sacramento are a blues supergroup in their own right, members of Blacklisters, Spirit of John and Fat Les(!) getting us down to Big Black, Jonny Cash and the Felice Brothers. Pour some more Whisky in my Whisky!


Plus there will be £4.50 Scotch and Jack cocktails for all Leeds loves Cocktails wristband holders courtesy of our sponsors & Oporto's legendary DJs spinning tunes between the bands and 'til the very early hours!


Thursday 6th June

8pm - 11pm (DJs 'til 3am!)


Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds


Free entry!

Communion presents: Amber States
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Georgia Ruth Williams, Hayley Gaftarnick & Joseph Francis
£5 adv.

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May showcase...

Amber States
Amber States play euphoric-melancholic pastoral-rock with soul and musicality. They have a vintage ensemble sound - strong vocal harmonies feature prominently over lyrical cello passages, piano and organ washes and rhythms, soaring electric guitar countermelodies - enveloping the classic core of acoustic guitar and warm, bluesy lead vocal.
If you had to pin down some influences, you could start with the folk rock of the likes of CSN, Neil Young, The Band, and current artists such as Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Villagers. They also can’t resist Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the song-writing skills of other English acts like Fairport Convention and Fleetwood Mac. Sometimes they dream about Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. You should really see them live.

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play a blend of folk, country and rock music. As well as their own material, they often perform adaptations of traditional songs.

Formed by Iwan, Dafydd and Aled Hughes - three brothers from the Llyn Peninsula, north-west Wales, and since 2005 have three albums under their belts.

Their first album, ‘Dawns y Trychfilod’ topped the BBC C2 chart for Welsh-language releases. The band received the ‘Best New Band’ award at the BBC RAP Awards the same year.

Second album 'Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn' brought wide attention to the band, including airplay on BBC 6Music and positive reviews in publications and website in Wales and England. This was followed by live performances at many festivals over the summer of 2011, including the Green Man Festival, SWN festival in Cardiff and as one of the headlining acts of ‘Maes B’ it also received the Album of the Year award from Welsh music magazine ‘Y Selar’.

'Draw Dros y Mynydd', was released in 2012 & nominated for the annual Welsh Music Prize and garnered BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music airplay. The same year saw the band playing nearly 100 live shows with appearances at Union Chapel, London, at the regular 'What's Cookin' nights in east London and the first 'No Direction Home' festival in Sherwood Forest. In September the band left for Buenos Aires and the Chubut region of Patagonia, Argentina for a month to play a few shows and to run workshops for the Welsh language community there.

Taken from their biog for this years Greenman Festival...

Georgia Ruth Williams
Raised bilingually in Aberystwyth, Wales, Georgia’s haunting voice has earned her favourable comparisons with the melancholy folk sirens of the late 60s. Her unusual harp playing was inspired more by the guitar on Bert Jansch, Meic Stevens and old folk revivalist records than by the classical method she was taught as a child.
She has performed at Glastonbury, Green Man Festival, SWN and several other festivals. She has been selected as an ‘MPFree of the day’ on the 6 Music Breakfast Show. BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton described her as “one of the most prodigious talents ever to grace my airwaves” whilst Huw Stephens deemed her In Luna EP (released on limited 10″ vinyl in 2012) “exquisite” on his Radio 1 show.

This Spring, she will be releasing her debut album - Week of Pines - on Gwymon Records. Recorded and produced by David Wrench over six days last August at Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios, the record features members of acclaimed country-folk outfit Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, and a very special contribution from Lleuwen Steffan. From the motorik drive of the title track, to the darker Eno-like string arrangements, the stark joyfulness of a Welsh sea shanty accompanied by wheezing reed organ, or the more wistful folk ballads: this is a varied and intriguing collection of songs.

Georgia regularly plays in Richard James’ band and appears alongside the ex-Gorky’s member in his new project Pen Pastwn. She will also be appearing on the Guillemots’ forthcoming album, having recorded parts for it in the Summer of 2012. She also presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.

Hayley Gaftarnick
With a voice which can melt the hardest heart to piercing solid granite rock without ever losing control or technique, the Leeds-based singer-songwriter has established a fan-base far beyond her home city. Having been recognised as one of Leeds’ favourite solo performers, she has now hand-picked a group of musicians, who allow her the freedom to express her rich talent, and stretch her musical boundaries further and further with all genres included, from acoustic, soul/blues, jazz, folk, country, pop and rock, all are given the special Hayley Gaftarnick sound.

Joseph Francis
Leeds based singer songwriter drawing on folk, rock & world music. Wise and talented beyond his meager 18 years we expect great things from another exciting part of the new folk scene in our great city.

Wednesday 29th May
7.30pm - 11pm (DJs 'til 2am)

Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds

£5 adv. from Crash, Jumbo & online

The Bruce Lee Memorial Lock-in
Poetry, stand-up, jazz, folk, cake and much more.
£2 adv.

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Actor, fighter, poet, philosopher - in the next Lock-In we celebrate the action-packed life of 李小龍 aka Lee Jun-fan aka Bruce Lee. Star of classics such as Enter The Dragon (not a porn movie), Fist Of Fury (again, not a porn movie), founder of the philosophy Jeet Kune Do (The Way Of The Intercepting Fist), master of the One Inch Punch, and the only iconic figure ever to have been called Bruce.

Jon us for the usual mix of comedy, music, poetry and much else besides (and we may have a special Brucie Bonus...).

£3 in (£2 advance tickets) plus free cake!

Gaslight Club BIG Folk Bank Holiday Show!
Nigel Passey Band, Louise Petit, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, The Incredible Magpie Band, Mark Nichols, Natalie Holmes, Lauren Bradford & guest host Jonathan Moss

Free in!
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A full afternoon and evening of amazing acoustic leaning music from Leeds and beyond...

Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Jack and Charlie’s well – known idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around.
Their first two albums on Fellside Recordings, Light Up all the Beacons and The Northern Road followed them as finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and were met with critical acclaim; their fresh and compelling sound inspiring audiences up and down the country and being described in The Sunday Times as “real folk – not nu-folk, folktronica, or some other apologetically named subgenre – and it doesn’t seem to need reinventing.”

Louise Petit
Louise Petit is a singer-songwriter from Staffordshire who has been writing down lyrics on pieces of paper for as long as she can remember. Today she plays with a talented group of musicians who bring her stories to life.
This music stamps it's feet to let you know it's there then gives you a great big hug once it's in.

Nigel Passey Band
The Nigel Passey Band's unique style & sound allows them to adapt to an acoustic set up or play as a full band. Heavily influenced by The Goo Goo Dolls, Matt Nathanson, Jon McLaughlin and Boyce Avenue, The Nigel Passey Band's sound is one that pleases everybody!

The Incredible Magpie Band
The incredible magpie band are a five piece band, formed in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, early 2012. They have just finished recording there first album and will be releasing it in 2013
“Take plenty of sunshine, a little soul, a dash of psychedelia and season with 60’s R’n’B, shake together well and this should give you the essence of The Incredible Magpie Band. The kind of music to summon up images of chilling out beneath the summer sun, Classic festival afternoon fare”
David Pickersgill, Wakefield express

Mark Nichols
"MARK NICHOLS ROCKS!" - Acoustic Magazine
"Pretty. Wonderful playing. A promising writer.." - Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music)

Natalie Holmes
If someone threw Joni Mitchell and Ellie Goulding into a pop/folk flavoured cake and iced it with the sweetest mixture of honesty, level-headedness and positivity. Bristol born but we're glad she's currently residing in our fair city.

Lauren Bradford
Lauren is an American singer/songwriter, now located in the UK. She moved to Liverpool, where she discovered her own sound and found herself as an Artist. Lyrically, she’s inspired by folk music, and melodically by soul and blues.

+ guest host Jonathan Moss from the ace March of Dimes

Free entry from 4pm!

Live music from 11pm, bar 'til 2am!

Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds

Dragonfly Tattoo
Jenni Noyes
£3 adv.

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Songs of Love and Murder. With the full band line up: keys, cello, bodhran, French horn, guitar, drums, bass. New songs and some old favourites.
Screening of film maker Andy Lugg’s video for “Lilith”
As heard on BBC Radio Leeds Introducing
"Dragonfly Tattoo- a cut above...a gorgeous walk on the dark side”
"sensuous brushes and burbling keyboards, the band purring beautifully like an alley cat" Graham Chalmers, Ackrill Media Group
"the set up has got to be unique...the sound beautiful and haunting" Dragondrop.Org
"a gravel on silk vocal, over a naked string quartet and strident piano with a dash of Morcheeba"- Rich Huxley, Hope & Social

Playing at 8.30 pm Special guest, Jenni Noyes, Leeds singer songwriter, with acoustic guitar and mesmerising vocal melodies "interpreting lifes experience with heartfelt abandon and joy"

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