Mike Higgins founded Leland City Club, originally called "Liedernacht" in 1983. The club has undergone several transformations over the years, evolving from a luxurious ballroom with a history of hosting casino nights and banquets to an alternative gothic club. The club's walls are now adorned with murals, painted black, and it has a diverse musical history. The dimly lit dance floor in the front room is ideal for dancing and socializing, while the larger back room, complete with a massive Nexo Alpha sound system, is used for more significant events.
Over the past 40 years, Leland City Club has hosted several renowned musicians, including Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, the Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Public Enemy, Rob Zombie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson. It’s renowned these days for its diverse electronic music offerings, ranging from techno and house to goth-themed party nights, and a multitude of other shows. Some of the well-known DJs who have played at the club are Adriana Lopez, Altstadt Echo, Anfisa Letyago, Anna Lunoe, Antwon Faulkner, Art Department, A-Trak, Aux 88, Barbosa, Belief Defect, Benoit & Sergio, Black Asteroid, Blaktony, BMG, Brodinski, Cervello Elettronico, Centrific, Channel Tres, Chris Lake, Claude VonStroke, Claude Young, Damian Lazarus, Declan James, Derek Plaslaiko, Developer, DG Hubbard, Dixon, DJ Assault, DJ E-Clyps, DJ Hyperactive, DJ MoReese, DJ Tennis, Dustin Zahn, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Ectomorph, Erika, Flat White, Function, Gaiser, Gene Farris, Headless Horseman, Hiroko Yamamura, Ida Engberg, Jay Denham, Jody Wisternoff, Juan Atkins, Keith Tucker, Kenny Glasgow, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Lee K, Levon Vincent, Lifka, Loco Dice, Luis Flores, Lucinee, Malaa, Mano Le Tough, Marco Carola, Maceo Plex, Matthew Dear, Max Gardner, Microdot, Miss Monique, Mz Worthy, Nicole Moudaber, Nina Kraviz, Noncompliant, Paco Osuna, Plural, Recondite, Richie Hawtin, Robert Armani, Rondell Adams, Rrose, Scan 7, Seth Troxler, Severed Heads, Stacey Pullen, Surachai, Takaaki Itoh, Tale Of Us, Terrence Parker, Terrorfakt, The Drifter, The Martinez Brothers, The YellowHeads, Tommy Four Seven, Truncate, and Washed Out. This list is the tip of the iceberg of talented artists that have performed at the venue.
If you're looking for a place to party off the beaten path, Leland City Club offers late-night gothic parties and alternative vibes that diverge from Detroit's mainstream nightlife scene. It attracts a diverse and unpretentious crowd looking to dance the night away, so come as you are and join in on the history of one of the oldest operating electronic music clubs in the world.