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The Best Bank Holiday Weekend Events in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

From festivals to club nights, make the most of the second May bank holiday.

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The second May bank holiday weekend is just around the corner – but just what will you do for the long weekend?

As ever, there’s a little something for everyone in Leeds this bank holiday. From live music and huge shows to parties with some of the world’s best DJs, it’s going to be a big one for the city’s revellers. To make it that little bit easier for you to narrow down the options, we’ve rounded up the best events, all in one place – check it out, before you decide what to do with your long weekend.

Friday 25th May 2018

Start the bank holiday weekend as you mean to go on.

The Beat, Buzzcocks, The Selecter & Stiff Little Fingers

Buzzcocks Tramlines 2015

Why not kick off your bank holiday in Leeds with a night of punk and ska in Millennium Square? You’ll hear ska icons The Beat and The Selecter play massive tunes like ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’ and ‘On My Radio’. They’ll be accompanied by Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks, who’ll run through hits like ‘Nobody’s Hero’ and ‘Ever Fallen in Love with Someone’.

The Beat, Buzzcocks, The Selecter & Stiff Little Fingers play Millennium Square on Friday 25th May 2018.

The House of Fun Comedy Club

The House of Fun at Original Oak

Enjoy a few laughs at The Original Oak this bank holiday weekend with a jam-packed line-up courtesy of The House of Fun Comedy Club. You’ve got a triple-header in store – Lancashire lass Katie Mulgrew will kick things off before Edinburgh Fringe veteran Gordon Southern warms the crowd up for headliner Sean McLoughlin.

The House of Fun Comedy Club is back at The Original Oak on Friday 25th May 2018.

King Street Social Charity Dinners

King Street Social

Renowned chef Matt Campbell passed away while doing the London Marathon in April, so to celebrate his life and career King Street Social are bringing some of the UK’s best chefs to cook at two special supper clubs. On Friday night, Campbell’s fellow MasterChef contestants, Tom Peters, Jamie Park, Leo Kattou and Tom Moody will cook up a feast, then on Saturday night they’ll welcome a medley of local chefs into the kitchen, including Ben Davy, Josh Whitehead and Daniel Britten. All money raised will go to The Brathay Trust, the charity Matt ran the marathon for.

King Street Social Charity Dinners takes place at Laynes Espresso on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018.

Leeds Flamenco Festival

Juan Martin

The Leeds Flamenco Festival returns to Holy Trinity Church this bank holiday. On Friday night, you can see the headline performance from The Juan Martín Trio – Martín will be accompanied by dancer Raquel Gonzalez and singer Antonio Aparecida for the show. The next is a community day, designed to introduce flamenco to everyone – expect family-friendly workshops and a concert during the afternoon, before a series of local community groups perform in the evening.

Leeds Flamenco Festival takes over Holy Trinity Church on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018.

The Prisoner – Fall Out

The Prisoner is an iconic British television series, a surreal post-modern show that followed Number Six, a former secret agent who must escape his captors. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the show’s captivating final episode, Fall Out, and it remains one of the most influential episodes on telly to this day. You can see it up on the big screen for one night only.

The Prisoner – Fall Out takes over Leeds Town Hall on Friday 25th May 2018.

Hard Times

Hard Times at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Credit: Nobby Clark

Catch one of Charles Dickens’ most famous plays in Leeds this bank holiday. Deborah McAndrew has put her own witty touch on Hard Times – she’ll take you back to the real Northern Powerhouse – Cokehouse in 1854. You’ll follow Thomas Gradgrind as he tries to keep his kids away from bad influences, such as the circus, in this tale of forbidden love, social constructs and seduction.

Hard Times takes over West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th May 2018.

The Cocktail Experience

Revolución de Cuba

The Cocktail Experience is back for its third year, but with a brand new format – there are 21 different cocktail-centric events taking place across the city, including 17 on the bank holiday weekend. You can join the DIY cocktail masterclass at Blind Tyger on Friday, pop along to The Margarita Experience at Chida Cantina on the Saturday or revel in the 90s-themed Saved by the Brunch afternoon at The Alchemist on Sunday. That’s not all – there are loads of one-off masterclasses, food pairings and tasting menus to try all weekend long.

The Cocktail Experience takes place across Leeds from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th May 2018.

DoodleDuck Designs Doll Making Workshop

Chirpy, Chapel Allerton

Credit: Corvin Pamp

Get creative this bank holiday weekend as Chirpy hosts their Doll Making Workshop. Designer and maker Siya of DoodleDuck Designs will show you how to use simple but effective modern embroidery techniques to make your own DoodleDuck doll and bring it to life using decorative embroidery. They’ll give you everything you need to get it started and show you how to finish it off at home.

DoodleDuck Designs Doll Making Workshop comes to Chirpy on Friday 25th May 2018.

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

Credit: Alastair Muir

One of Opera North’s most popular musical productions is coming back this May bank holiday as Kiss Me, Kate returns to Leeds Grand Theatre. It’s a brilliant take on Cole Porter’s classic story which follows a musical cast from 1940s Baltimore as they try to put on their own performance of The Taming of the Shrew. Not everything goes according to plan though, as the lives and loves of the cast wreak havoc – expect chaos and hilarity to ensue.

Kiss Me, Kate comes to Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th May 2018.

Brotherhood: Auntie Flo

Brotherhood will mark the end of the university term with a huge blow out party down at Wire this bank holiday weekend. To make it happen, they’ve bagged renowned afro-futurist pioneer Auntie Flo to man the decks for the evening and he’ll show you why his label Highlife has become so influential in the past year. Get down early to hear regulars Kontra warm up.

Brotherhood: Auntie Flo takes over Wire on Friday 25th May 2018.

Les Amazones d’Afrique

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Les Amazones d’Afrique are putting on a very special show this bank holiday. They’re the first all-female musical supergroup from West Africa, made up of performers who’ve come together to stop violence against women in the region. Mamani Keïta, Rokia Koné, Mariam Koné and Awa Sangho will fuse together funk, blues and dub music with soulful singing, distorted guitars and Afrobeat rhythms.

Les Amazones d’Afrique take over Howard Assembly Room on Friday 25th May 2018.

Seeds Supper

Seeds Supper, Leeds Indie Food

Credit: Helena Dolby

Experience a vegetarian feed like nothing you’ve had before as Seeds Supper takes you to a secret plant-filled courtyard at this year’s Leeds Indie Food. It’s organised by the Seeds Collective and they’re going to serve up a plant-based three-course dinner created by Estela Arredondo, also known as Miski. It’s true Mexican cooking, so expect tamale and sopes on the menu, rather than your usual burritos and tacos.

Seeds Supper takes place in Leeds city centre on Friday 25th May 2018.

World Island

Loyle Carner

Credit: Will Hartley

One of the most exciting new additions to Leeds’ music calendar takes place this bank holiday. World Island is a new festival which focuses on the best emerging talent in electronic music and hip-hop. It kicks off on Friday night with Sampha, Badbadnotgood and Kojey Radical, before Saturday welcomes the likes of Loyle Carner, Nightmares on Wax and Yellow Days. The festival finishes up on Sunday with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gilles Petersen and Ibibio Sound Machine.

World Island takes over Globe Road, South Bank from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018.

The Mighty Jungle Jam Summer Carnival

Don’t miss The Mighty Jungle Jam Summer Carnival at Mint Warehouse this weekend. It’s a hugely popular annual all-nighter that brings the party from 6pm to 6am. They’ll have some of the best drum & bass DJs in the world, but it’s not just the music here – they’ve got everything from a Caribbean BBQ serving jerk chicken to a carnival decor, free horns and live art.

The Mighty Jungle Jam Summer Carnival takes over Mint Warehouse on Friday 25th May 2018.

What’s In My Head? An Evening with Katie Piper

Katie Piper is bringing her inspiring story to Leeds this bank holiday with a special event at City Varieties. She was on the verge of a big career in TV when she was attacked with sulphuric acid which left her with terrible facial scars. Her skin was completely rebuilt, and since her recovery, she’s become one of the leading voices in raising awareness for burn victims. This night will show how she deals with her injuries and the anxieties that are a result of them.

What’s In My Head? An Evening with Katie Piper comes to City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 25th May 2018.

A Certain Ratio

You can see one of the best bands to come out of Manchester’s iconic post-punk scene this bank holiday weekend as A Certain Ratio come to Leeds. They’re going out on tour to mark the re-release of albums ‘acr:mcr’, ‘I’d Like to See You Again’, ‘Good Together’ and ‘Up in Downsville’. What better time to catch them live, than as they run through the songs that have given them such a brilliant career?

A Certain Ratio takes over Belgrave Music Hall on Friday 25th May 2018.

Gerry Cinnamon

Gerry Cinnamon

If you fancy seeing the next generation of indie rock talent, catch Gerry Cinnamon at Leeds University Union this bank holiday. The Glasgow songwriter is renowned for his Scottish accent and brutally honest lyrics which come through in his music, as shown by the accomplished debut album ‘Erratic Cinematic’ which came out last year.

Gerry Cinnamon plays Leeds University Union on Friday 25th May 2018.

Ho9909

Ho99o9

Ho99o9 are one of the most exciting groups out there – the New Jersey duo blur the lines between hardcore hip-hop and hardcore punk and it makes for intense listening. They’re coming to the UK for a special ‘4 Nights of Hell’ tour, one of which takes place at the Brudenell – they’re promising a raucous, riotous bank holiday show and it’s not to be missed.

Ho9909 play Brudenell Social Club on Friday 25th May 2018.

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy is a bit of a cult legend, with his short-but-sweet BBC show earning him an army of devout followers thanks to its frankly bizarre sketches based on everyday Scottish life. When the show was cut by the BBC, Limmy made the most of the Vine app to give his fans new short sketches. He’s coming to Leeds for one night only this bank holiday weekend to show off his Vines, followed by a Q&A where you can ask those burning questions.

Limmy’s Vines takes over Hyde Park Picture House on Friday 25th May 2018.

Sam Evian

Sam Evian

Credit: Josh Groleman

New York-based singer-songwriter Sam Evian will make his Leeds debut at the Brudenell Social Club this bank holiday. The former Celestial Shore frontman took on a more soft-rock sound for his first album, ‘Premium’, back in 2016, and his latest effort, ‘You, Forever’, sees Evian take on that mantle even more by blurring the lines somewhere between Lennon and Bolan in his own unique way.

Sam Evian plays Brudenell Social Club on Friday 25th May 2018.

Too Much Too Old

Make a beeline for The Wardrobe on bank holiday Friday as Too Much Too Old presents a special night of ska, 2Tone and punk music from the 70s and 80s. Legendary DJs Eddie Wainwright and The Twisted Sisters will be spinning the tunes until the early hours.

Too Much Too Old comes to The Wardrobe on Friday 25th May 2018.

The Girl on the Train

Head to the theatre this bank holiday in Leeds to see The Girl on the Train, a new take on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling psychological thriller. Rachel Watson longs for another life, staring out of the train window at what she thinks are ‘the perfect couple’ every morning. But everything changes when the woman she watches disappears – she becomes a witness and a suspect. Did she do it? Nobody knows, not even her.

The Girl on the Train takes over West Yorkshire Playhouse from Saturday 12th May to Sunday 9th June 2018.

Saturday 26th May 2018

Stand up, festivals or family friendly fun? You won’t be short of options on Saturday.

Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

For many, bank holiday weekend is an excuse to party, but for families that hasn’t always been the case – until now. The Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party is an all-ages day-time rave at The Warehouse for mums and dads who love d&b. There will be loads of classic 90s tunes played by top DJs and the kids can get their faces painted, play with bubbles, try balloon modelling and, of course, throw down some shapes.

Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party comes to The Warehouse on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Hieroglyphic Treasure Hunt

The Leeds Mummy

Treat the little ones to a puzzling day out at Leeds City Museum this bank holiday. The Hieroglyphic Treasure Hunt will take them on a trail from the museum’s entrance all the way around the building – the clues are in hieroglyphics and you’ll be given tips to work out what they mean to find the mummy’s tomb where you might just discover some treasure.

Hieroglyphic Treasure Hunt comes to Leeds City Museum on Saturday 26th May 2018.

The Comedy Sessions

Yorkshire’s longest running independent comedy night is back at The HiFi Club this bank holiday. The Comedy Sessions is welcoming Ivo Graham to Leeds. You’ve probably seen him on Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out of Ten Cats, but the So You Think You’re Funny award winner will be making a mockery of his Eton and Oxford education live this weekend.

The Comedy Sessions return to The HiFi Club on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Friends of Gin Festival

Friends of Gin Festival

The first ever Friends of Gin Festival will take over Trinity Kitchen with over 80 different gins for you to try. You’ll get a copa glass, a detailed gin guide, a pin badge and a £5 gin token for your first drink on arrival. Once you’re in, make your way around the 8 bars to try everything from Adnams First Rate to Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin. You can also try their gin cocktails, tuck into street food and enjoy the live music.

Friends of Gin Festival takes over Trinity Kitchen on Saturday 26th May 2018.

UpYerRonson Day & Night Terrace Party

The UpYerRonson Day & Night Terrace Party is a May bank holiday weekend staple and it’s back for another night of club classics and soulful house anthems. There’s a huge line-up of DJs making their way to Leeds, from Victor Simonelli and Groove Technicians to Freak D, Allister Whitehead and K-Klass.

UpYerRonson Day & Night Terrace Party takes over Mint Warehouse on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Northern Print Fair

Leeds Print Fair

You can see and buy the work of the North’s finest printmakers this bank holiday in Leeds as the Northern Print Fair returns to Duke Studios for its second year. The likes of Molly Brown and Sean Mort will be selling their wares, and you can also get in on the action by trying out one of their workshops.

Northern Print Fair comes to Duke Studios on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Acetate #26

Acetate makes its return to Wire for a new summer season of underground club nights and they’ve got an impressive line-up to kick things off. DJ Flight will make her Acetate debut, she’s one of the most influential figures in drum and bass as a DJ and a radio presenter. Before she hits the decks, local legends Pearson Sounds will be spinning the tunes.

Acetate #26 takes over Wire on Saturday 26th May 2018.

EatNorth x #LIF18 Special

Eat North

One of the highlights of this year’s Leeds Indie Food will be the final EatNorth street food bonanza of the festival. They’ve got a whole host of wonderful street food lined-up, from the gooey goodness of Gondola Raclette to the mammoth pies of the Pietanic. You can also try Meat Stac, I Knead Pizza, What a Donut, Vaso Kitchen, Nyama Choma and Rabbit Hole Coffee.

EatNorth x #LIF18 Special comes to North Brewing Co. on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Slam Dunk Festival

Slam Dunk Festival

Spend your bank holiday weekend at one of the best UK festivals for punk, pop-punk, emo and alt-rock as Slam Dunk returns for 2018. They’ve got a mammoth line-up including headliners Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World and Pvris, but there’s loads more besides. We’re talking Twin Atlantic, Creeper, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Four Year Strong and Taking Back Sunday. It’s an absolutely stacked line-up, with a bit of something for everyone.

Slam Dunk Festival takes over Millennium Square on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Intro to Making Chocolates

Intro to Making Chocolate, Tyto Leodis, Leeds Indie Food

Credit: Tom Joy

One of Leeds Indie Food’s most popular events is back for 2018, so clear your diary for the Intro to Making Chocolates. That’s right, you can learn how to make your own sweet treats with the help of Tyto Leodis’ experts. You’ll start with a tasting session, followed by a science lesson before you get hands-on and make two types of chocolates, learning how to balance texture and flavour as you go.

Intro to Making Chocolates takes over Tyto Leeds on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Super Hexagon All Day Garden Party

The Fenton has joined forces with Super Hexagon to throw a massive party in their outdoor courtyard this bank holiday weekend. Expect the best electro, acid and breaks throughout the day thanks to Groundforce Soundsystem, as they play between a series of live acts. J.Wiltshire is the headliner, and he’ll show off his new synth-heavy sounds. He’ll be joined by Super Hexagon residents Alma Construct, Arthur SG and Warren Cooper.

Super Hexagon All Day Garden Party takes over The Fenton on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Forts and Firepower

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Go back a few centuries as Forts and Firepower takes over Royal Armouries. They have loads going on for this event which is dedicated to gunpowder, castles and siege warfare. You’ll delve into the past to learn about the most incredible battles and explosions. You’ll also have the chance to try out their artillery range and have a go at the explosive science workshops.

Forts and Firepower takes over Royal Armouries from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Traditional Tales

Lotherton Hall

Traditional Tales will turn Lotherton Hall into a magical place for the little ones this bank holiday weekend. You’ll have to find all the hidden fairy tale characters that are dotted about the house and grounds as part of their special trail. There’s more – you can dress up as your favourite fairy tale characters, take part in magical crafts or visit the animals in Wildlife World.

Traditional Tales takes over Lotherton Hall from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Green Velvet

Green Velvet is the DJ persona of legendary Chicago house producer Cajmere and he’s coming to Leeds for a very special club night this bank holiday. Expect to hear his club classics like ‘Preacher Man’, ‘Answering Machine’ and ‘The Stalker’ as this dance music legend shows why he’s one of the world’s most influential DJs.

Green Velvet plays Church on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Witchsorrow

Fancy a night of heavy metal? Brudenell Social Club has you sorted this bank holiday weekend as Witchsorrow make their way to Leeds. It’s their first headline show in the city for five years and they’re playing through their latest album of epic doom, ‘Hexenhammer’. They’ll be joined on the night by Godthrymm and Sloth Hammer.

Witchsorrow play Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Lankum

Lankum

Lankum are one of Ireland’s most popular traditional folk groups and they’re coming to Leeds for a special, one-off show at Howard Assembly Room. They combine four-part vocal harmonies with uillean pipes, Russian accordion, the fiddle and guitar to create raw, haunting and mesmerising music, whether it’s their own creations or their take on classic songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Lankum headline Howard Assembly Room on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Nine Below Zero

Nine Below Zero

Iconic British blues band Nine Below Zero are coming to Leeds this bank holiday as the celebrate 40 years as a band by paying homage to their breakthrough debut album, ‘Live at The Marquee’. After all these years, you can still expect the same high-energy and fast-tempo grooves as they prove why they’re one of the most reliable groups out there.

Nine Below Zero play Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Sunday 27th May 2018

From huge clubnights to foodie events, bank holiday Sunday could be the highlight of your weekend – after all, you don’t have to get up for work on Monday.

The Garden Party Part 2

The Garden Party

Credit: Daniel Watson

The second Garden Party of the year has an absolutely stacked line-up. It’ll take over Canal Mills, with indoor and outdoor stages from 12pm to 10pm. The big names include Kerri Chandler, Camelphat, Dusky, DJ Seinfeld, John Talabot and Detlef playing back-to-back with Latmun.

The Garden Party Part 2 takes over Canal Mills on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

One of the biggest rockstars of all time comes to First Direct Arena this bank holiday weekend as Bryan Adams plays in Leeds. The Canadian icon is heading out on ‘The Ultimate Tour’, which means you can hear his biggest hits, from ‘Summer of 69’ to ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started’.

Bryan Adams comes to First Direct Arena on Sunday 27th May 2018.

The The

The The are one of the most important post-punk groups of their era, led continuously since 1979 by the enigmatic Matt Campbell. They’re coming to Leeds this bank holiday for a rare show at Leeds Beckett Students Union to play through their incredible back catalogue from albums like ‘Soul Mining’, ‘Infected’ and ‘Mind Bomb’.

The The play Leeds Beckett Students Union on Sunday 27th May 2018.

In Conversation with Allan Jones

Allan Jones

One of the most important music writers of all time makes his way to Leeds for a special evening at Brudenell Social Club. Allan Jones is the former editor of Uncut Magazine. He’s known for his incredible tales of rock’n’roll debauchery from years gone by and has compiled them all into a book, ‘Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down’. He’ll be talking through a few them with help from fellow writer Dave Simpson, followed by a Q&A.

In Conversation with Allan Jones comes to Brudenell Social Club on Sunday 28th May 2018.

Digital Society 2018

O2 Academy Projekt

For over 10 years, Digital Society have been putting on the biggest and best club nights in Leeds, but starting with this bank holiday, they’re moving to a new annual trance and progressive extravaganza at O2 Academy. To get the ball rolling, they’ve put together an incredible line-up, starring Paul Van Dyk, Simon Patterson, Standerwick, Sean Tyas and Shugz.

Digital Society 2018 takes over O2 Academy Leeds on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Asian Dub Foundation x La Haine

You’ve got an audio-visual treat in store at The Wardrobe this bank holiday weekend. Asian Dub Foundation is a legendary British electronic group that brings together dub, reggae and dancehall. Back in 2001, they re-scored classic French film La Haine for a festival, and in the past few years, they’ve taken it back out on the road, to play their music live as the film is screened.

Asian Dub Foundation x La Haine takes over The Wardrobe on Sunday 27th May 2018.

System & Set One Twenty Terrace Party

System and Set One Twenty Terrace Party

Pray for the sun to shine as the System x Set One Twenty Terrace Party returns to Mint Warehouse for a bank holiday extravaganza. They’ll have DJs inside and out, as Chris Leibling, Ben Klock and Molly take to the decks. They’ll be joined on the day by the likes of Annie Errez, Bobby O’Donnell, Perrin, JJ Mowbray and Amiros.

System & Set One Twenty Terrace Party returns to Mint Warehouse on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Orchestra of Opera North’s Musicals Rock

Orchestra of Opera North

Credit: Richard Moran

Join the Orchestra of Opera North for their Musicals Rock night at Leeds Town Hall this bank holiday. You’ll hear your favourite tunes from the best loved musicals led by conductor Michael England. We’re talking everything from ‘What a Feeling’ from Flashdance to ‘I Will Always Love You’ from The Bodyguard, with hits from shows like Mamma Mia!, Wicked and We Will Rock You in between.

Orchestra of Opera North’s Musicals Rock takes over Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 27th May 2018.

FunkyBass 10 Year Reunion

10 years on from its first event, FunkyBass is celebrating a glorious decade with an all-out bank holiday weekend extravaganza at the courtyard within Lambert’s Yard. Expect some of the best house music as Nick Hannam, Ryan James, Kristian Alexander, Cleary and Mark Longbottom take to the decks.

FunkyBass 10 Year Reunion takes over Lambert’s Yard on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Reboot 011

Duke Studios, Sheaf Street Cafeteria

Credit: Justin Gardner

Reboot 011 will be the first Yarden Party of 2018 at Sheaf Street Cafeteria. It will be an indoor and outdoor party full of electronic anthems to get you moving and grooving. This edition will be headlined by Matt Tolfrey from Leftroom Records and Amy Alford of Audio Chronicles – they’ll be joined throughout the day by residents Billy Black, Dave Crane, Jay Kilka, Andreas Rauh and Cooper & Spartaco.

Reboot 011 takes over Sheaf Street Cafeteria on Sunday 27th May 2018.

The Sunday Joint with Sifaka

HiFi Club

Credit: IGR Photo

The Sunday Joint has a special event planned for the bank holiday weekend. You can see Sifaka, a 7-piece band from Leeds who mix together elements of soul, rock and African blues. Expect DJs playing a mix of jazz, latin, reggae, soul and salsa tunes on either side of their set.

The Sunday Joint with Sifaka returns to The HiFi Club on Sunday 27th May 2018.

L/IT Ibiza Takeover Opening Party

Angelica Ibiza Takeover

From now until the end of the summer, L/IT Ibiza will be taking over Angelica on Sundays with their chilled out Balearic beats and they’re kicking things off in the best way possible at the Opening Party. They’ve bagged Fred and Erik from Little Dragon to put on a headline DJ set, alongside Starslinger, Sara Garvey and Malcolm WeLove.

L/IT Ibiza Takeover Opening Party comes to Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Whitelock’s Candlelit Victorian Banquet

Victorian Banquet at Whitelock's

Credit: Martyn Butler

Roll back the years in the historic setting of Whitelock’s for their Candlelit Victorian Banquet this bank holiday. The Leeds Indie Food event has become an annual occurrence as they delve into old cookery books from over 100 years ago to put together a menu of dishes that would have been popular in Victorian times.

Whitelock’s Candlelit Victorian Banquet takes over Whitelock’s on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Dynamite Bank Holiday Special

Smokestack will dust off their classic vinyl records to put on a groovy Dynamite shindig this bank holiday weekend. Chico Malo and Paul Dunphy will be on the decks to bring you a special soundtrack made up of 100% uncut funk and Blaxploitation tracks until the early hours.

Dynamite Bank Holiday Special takes over Smokestack on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Calle Ocho Bank Holiday Party

Calle Ocho will return to The Favisham on Bank holiday Sunday. DJ Lubi has once again put together an incredible day of salsa, bachata, kizomba and reggaeton music for you to dance to, but you’ll hear from the likes of Fabrizio Lorro, Fabio Bahia, Dr Salsa, Jane Sansaldi and Phillip Charles.

Calle Ocho Bank Holiday Party takes over The Faversham on Sunday 27th May 2018.

The Rawdon Beer and Music Festival

Beer

For the fifth year running, the Rawdon Beer and Music Festival returns to the cricket club to help raise funds for the local Martin House Children’s Hospice. They’re putting together a beer list made up of local breweries, as well as a full line-up of local bands to play throughout the day.

The Rawdon Beer and Music Festival takes over Rawdon Cricket Club on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Monday 28th May 2018

End the bank holiday with a bang with these super cool gigs and family fun days.

The Robots Are Coming

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Credit: Vicky Mathers

The Robots Are Coming to Thackray Medical Museum! It’s their special half term event and you can learn about robots and how they’ve helped to revolutionise the way we live. You’ll find out how they’re used in operating theatres and you’ll get a chance to meet an actual robot in person. You can also try your hand at programming before making your own robot.

The Robots Are Coming takes over Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018.

Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh is one of the biggest Punjabi music and film stars in the world. He’s returning to the UK this bank holiday weekend for a huge show at First Direct Arena where he’ll performing his greatest hits, like ‘Jatt Fire Karda’, ‘Work of Warriors’ and ‘Golliyan’, as well as new songs that have yet to be released.

Diljit Dosanjh comes to First Direct Arena on Monday 28th May 2018.

Superchunk

Legendary indie band Superchunk are playing the Brudenell Social Club on bank holiday Monday. They’re a group who’ve been making important records since 1989 and they’re here in support of their latest release, ‘What a Time to Be Alive’. It was written in the aftermath of the 2016 American Presidential election and takes that despair and demoralisation as its inspiration to create an album full of hopeful, punked-up energy.

Superchunk play Brudenell Social Club on Monday 28th May 2018.

We Are Bronte

Publick Transport don’t tell the story of the Brontë family like other theatre companies. Theirs is a hilarious, madcap reimagining of their life, that fuses together elements of David Lynch and Morecambe and Wise to create a fictional world where themes of love, madness and revenge are taken apart. Expect mad women, haunted houses and disturbing coughs on this unusual, but funny adventure.

We Are Bronte comes to Carriageworks on Monday 28th May 2018.

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force

You can see a living Afrobeat legend in Leeds this bank holiday as Femi Kuti and The Positive Force play Belgrave Music Hall. He’s the son of pioneering Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti and has gone on to become a hugely successful star in his own right, performing with the likes of D’Angelo, Nile Rodgers and Mos Def over the years. He’ll play through his new album, ‘One People One World’, as well as songs from throughout his career.

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force comes to Belgrave Music Hall on Monday 28th May 2018.

Meanwood Festival Fun Day

Face Painting Meanwood Festival

Meanwood Festival Fun Day is a proper family day out and the perfect way to enjoy bank holiday Monday with the littles ones. The Cricket Pitch will be filled with over 60 community and craft stalls, as well as food vendors and live entertainment. The kids will have loads to do, from riding a donkey to sitting in a fire engine.

Meanwood Festival Fun Day takes over The Cricket Pitch on Parkside Road on Monday 28th May 2018.

Penguinpig

Penguinpig

Take the kids for a bank holiday Monday treat at Carriageworks Theatre as it hosts the stage version of Stuart Spendlow’s best-selling book Penguinpig. You’ll meet Phoebe, a young girl who discovers a weird creature called the ‘penguinpig’ on the internet. One day she decides to set off on her own adventure to find one for herself – but will she be able to?

Penguinpig takes over Carriageworks on Monday 28th May 2018.