Yard Act set for Esquires return as part of Class of 2022 tour

Tickets for the gig in January are on sale now

By David Jackson
Monday, 29th November 2021, 8:45 pm
Yard Act are returning to Esquires in Bedford. Photo by James Brown
Yard Act are returning to Esquires in Bedford. Photo by James Brown

Yard Act will return to Bedford in January as part of DIY Magazine’s Class of 2022 UK tour.

The post-punk quartet from Leeds played a lauded sold-out show at Esquires in September, in what is likely to go down as one of the venue’s best gigs of this year.

Yard Act are singer James Smith, bassist Ryan Needham, guitarist Sam Shjipstone and drummer Jay Russell.

They have been lavished with praise by publications including NME, Rolling Stone UK, The Independent, Gigwise, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork and many more.

The band released their latest single Payday this month and are poised to release their debut album in January.

Speaking about the new single, Smith said: “‘Payday was one of the few tracks on the record we had to rebuild completely in the studio because the first demo was recorded on my computer and the hard drive corrupted.

“We spent about two hours trying to figure out that stupid keyboard part I'd put on it and couldn't remember how to play.

“It was boring but worth it. It's about gentrification, class fetish and how the human brain is so powerful that with enough time and processing power combined it will be able to justify, defend and/or continue to commit the actions of any human being it controls.”

The accompanying video is the band's third collaboration with director James Slater and his production team who also work on singles The Overload and Land Of The Blind.

Joining Yard Act will be Lime Garden and Malady.

Yard Act headline Esquires on Sunday, January 9.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £12.50 in advance before fees via https://www.seetickets.com/event/diy-class-of-2022/bedford-esquires/2159266