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10 Absolutely Unmissable Events in Leeds This Month

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Every month, we round up the best events taking place in the city, so you won’t miss a thing.

Wendy & Peter Pan

From unmissable operas to gigs and comedy, make January one to remember with these amazing events.

There are plenty of events planned across the city in January – from vegan food festivals to family-friendly fun. But that only scratches the surface of what’s going on in Leeds this month, so clear your diary, call your mates and make exciting plans worthy of kickstarting your new year.

MINT Presents New Year’s Day


Why not start 2022 with a bang? The New Year’s Day shindig at Mint Warehouse is always a raucous affair, a perfect way to get the year going in the right direction. This year, they’ve put together an incredible line-up that will blur the lines between house, minimal and techno, depending on which room you find yourself in. Gaskin and Wildish will get you moving in The Loft, but in the main room you can warm up with Colinaze and Tobias before Pawsa and Ben Sterling lay down 3-hour sets each.

MINT Presents New Year’s Day comes to Mint Warehouse on Saturday 1st January 2022.

Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Credit: Johan Persson

Bedknobs & Broomsticks is a Disney classic and you can see it on stage for the first time ever this month. Head to Leeds Grand Theatre for a rip-roaring adventure with the Rawlins children. They’re evacuated from London to the seaside during the war to live with witch-in-training Eglantine Price, but they have no idea of the life-changing escapades that lie ahead. This is a magical new musical featuring original songs from the Sherman Brothers and new lyrics and music from Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.

Bedknobs & Broomsticks comes to Leeds Grand Theatre until Sunday 9th January 2022.

Belgrave Vegan Feast

Belgrave Music Hall

Credit: Natasha Koziarska

The first Belgrave Feast of the year is always a big one and that’s because it’s now tradition for it to be a completely vegan edition of the much-loved street food all-dayer. All food on the day will be completely plant-based, and that’s including house vendors Patty Smith’s and Dough Boys. Joining them this time are Shouk TLV, Kuala Lumpur, The Spicy Baker and Black Day Bakes. But the food’s just one element – there’s an arts market, craft workshops, family-friendly fun and DJs spinning tunes all day.

Belgrave Vegan Feast comes to Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday 8th January 2022.

Funeral For a Friend

January in Leeds

After a five year break, a reunified Funeral For a Friend make their long awaited UK comeback tour in January, including a stop at O2 Academy Leeds. The post-hardcore and emo icons are rolling back the years on this jaunt, playing the greatest hits from their first three albums, ‘Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation’, ‘Hours’ and ‘Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’. Rock out to anthems like ‘Juneau’, ‘Streetcar’ and ‘Into Oblivion’ and relive the good old days with one of Wales’ finest rock bands.

Funeral For a Friend come to O2 Academy Leeds on Tuesday 18th January 2022.

Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica

Influential American rapper Jay Electronica finally makes his way to Leeds this month. He’s coming to Headrow House, the venue for his postponed date in September 2019, and this member of hip-hop royalty will be making up for lost time. Expect him to run through his two albums, ‘A Written Testimony’ and ‘Act II: The Patents of Nobility’, both released in 2020 after years of speculation, delay and secrecy. Tied up with cult anthems like ‘Exhibit A (Transformations)’ and ‘Exhibit C’, it’ll be one hell of a show.

Jay Electronica plays Headrow House on 19th January 2022.

Jamali Maddix

Jamali Maddix

Over the past two years, Jamali Maddix has cemented himself as one of the top young comedians in the UK. Fresh from stints on ‘Taskmaster’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, Maddix is now heading out on a UK tour in early 2022, which includes a Leeds date at The Wardrobe. As part of his new show ‘King Crud’, Maddix will be wasting no time in tackling a series of home truths plaguing British society and universal issues, while dealing with topics like morality, justice and his own experiential learnings.

Jamali Maddix plays The Wardrobe on 21st January 2022.

Wendy & Peter Pan

Wendy & Peter Pan

Credit: Marc Brenner

You can head straight to Neverland at Leeds Playhouse this month. This magical retelling of JM Barrie’s story is a unique collaboration with Bunkamura Theatre in Japan. It sees Wendy take the lead to battle The Lost Boys and evil Captain Hook, all while making unlikely allies with Peter Pan, Tink and Tiger Lily to learn about what a great adventure life can really be. This is a captivating, family-friendly show, full of magic, comedy and beautiful set design, but it’s not on for long, so catch it before it goes.

Wendy & Peter Pan comes to Leeds Playhouse from Thursday 18th November 2021 to Sunday 22nd January 2022.

Opera North’s Rigoletto

opera north rigoletto

Credit: Tom Arber

Full of heartbreaking drama, Opera North’s modern take on one of Verdi’s most-acclaimed works is an absolute must-see this month. Rigoletto comes to Leeds Grand Theatre to open the company’s new season, directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. It’s a thrilling production that sees the non-conforming court jester Rigoletto seek vengeance against the corrupt, womanising Duke after he seduces his daughter, Gilda. Featuring some of Verdi’s most passionate music, including the famed ‘La donna è mobile’, buckle in for a fiery, deathly show.

Rigoletto comes to Leeds Grand Theatre from Saturday 22nd January to Saturday 19th February 2022.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour 2022

Strictly Come Dancing

Get your sequins on and your score paddles at the ready, because Strictly Come Dancing is bringing its live tour to Leeds for two shows at First Direct Arena this month. Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will be joined by tour host Janette Manrara to give their views on the amazing choreography. The line-up of celebrities and professional partners includes the likes of John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, and Max George and Katya Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour 2022 comes to First Direct Arena on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th January 2022.

Oh God, What Now?

You can end January with a feast of live political debate as the cult podcast Oh God, What Now? comes to City Varieties Music hall this month. The team of Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith, Dorian Lynskey and Alex Andreou are hosting an afternoon of bad jokes, political pessimism and predicting the future. From Brexit to HS2, the reign of Boris Johnson to the collapse of the Red Wall, if you like a light-hearted look at politics, this is the show for you.

Oh God, What Now? comes to City Varieties on Saturday 29th January 2022.

Cover image credit Marc Brenner. Info correct when published on 22/12/2021.