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The Best Bank Holiday Weekend Events in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Are you ready to make the most of the Jubilee bank holiday this June?

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The Jubilee bank holiday weekend is just round the corner – but what will you get up to on the long weekend in Leeds?

As ever, there’s a little something for everyone in Leeds this bank holiday. From live music and huge shows to fun-filled days out for all the family, it’s going to be a great weekend. And 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.

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Opera North Orchestra Turandot

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Parsifal. This Jubilee weekend in Leeds marks a first for Opera North. This will be the first time they’re doing a concert-staging of Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’. Conducted by Richard Farnes, who worked on the acclaimed ‘Ring Cycle’ in 2016, he will be putting his own touch on the German composer’s epic, final work, one that sets suffering and redemption to a beautiful, intense score.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. Belgrave Music Hall is the place to be to check out one of Africa’s most important musicians. Seun Kuti is the son of Fela Kuti who inherited the leadership of Egypt 80 at just 14. Since then, they’ve carried on the political and social ethos of Seun’s father, and combined it with the rich, diverse sounds of African tradition.

Leeds Jazz Festival. This bank holiday weekend marks the debut of the revamped Leeds Jazz Festival, which runs until Sunday 12th June 2022. It brings together big name artists with shows by jazz scene legends at venues across Leeds, from the Afro-jazz fusion of local 10-piece musical collective, TC & The Groove Family, to the salsa sounds of Charanga del Norte.

The White Card. Kick off the bank holiday in Leeds by checking out the UK and European premiere of Claudia Rankine’s first published play, The White Card. Whiteness, allyship and open conversation are the key themes in this powerful production. Tensions run high when a privileged, white couple invite a talented black artist for dinner and uncomfortable truths are laid-bare.

Haze Da Martian. Bradford continues to be a hotbed of new music talent and hot on the heels of Bad Boy Chiller Crew comes rapper Haze Da Martian. His GRM Daily ‘One Mic’ appearance saw him get respect from Giggs, and now HDM is gearing up for the big time as he brings tunes like ‘Playing With Fire’, ‘ Eulogy’ and ‘Hussla’ to Headrow House this long weekend in Leeds.

Alice Cooper & The Cult. Two heavy rock icons will be taking to the First Direct Arena stage this bank holiday in Leeds. Alice Cooper is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, serving up hits like ‘School’s Out!’ and ‘Poison’. He’ll be joined by The Cult, one of Bradford’s finest exports and leaders of the gothic and post-punk movements with hits like ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ and ‘Love Removal Machine’.

Michael head and the Red Elastic Band, Belgrave Music Hall

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You Me At Six. Temple Newsam kickstarts an epic bank holiday weekend of live music with a very special show from Surrey post-punk legends, You Me At Six. While they’re still going strong, they’re pausing to play through their hugely popular album, ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, as well as greatest hits. Support comes from The Hunna, Yonaka, Holding Absence and Kid Kapichi.

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band. Michael Head’s resurgence continues with one of the most anticipated albums of 2022. The former Shack and The Strands leader has worked on ‘Dear Scott’ with the wonderful Bill Ryder-Jones, once of The Coral, and the early singles ‘Kismet’ and ‘Broken Beauty’ hint at greatness. He plays the Brudenell with Jonny Woolnaugh.

Summertime Live Presents Classic Ibiza. It’s time to relive the biggest tunes from the White Isle as Summertime Live takes over Golden Acre Park for a huge Classic Ibiza party. The 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra will give their lively, foot-moving, hip-shaking rendition of iconic dance tunes after DJs warm you up with your favourite dancefloor songs.

Thursday 2nd June 2022

The Fat White Family

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Fat White Family. It’s been quite a 2022 for the Fat White Family. The London band have released a critically acclaimed, bestselling biography of their snot-covered rise to the top, fall to the bottom and everything in between. Now though, they’re back focussing on the future, coming to Belgrave Music Hall to play tunes from their forthcoming fourth album as well as a few golden oldies.

Slam Dunk Festival North Launch Party. if you want even more pre-Slam Dunk festival fun, the Launch Party will be the only place to be. It’s taking over Leeds Beckett Students’ Union straight after Mayday Parade’s show – get ready for a banging night of emo and pop punk bangers, as well as a DJ set from local legends TPD TV.

Mayday Parade. A warm-up gig ahead of the Slam Dunk Festival, there’s a feast of emo brilliance to savour at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union on bank holiday Thursday. Florida favourites Mayday Parade are headlining, playing through their self-titled album 10 years on since its release. They’ll be joined by Real Friends and As It Is.

The Music. The legendary Kippax band are finally making their one-off Temple Newsam reunion show happen. From ‘Freedom Fighters’ to ‘Welcome to the North’, ‘The People’ to ‘Breakin’, this will be gig for the ages and a chance to deservedly toast one of the finest Leeds bands of all time. Support comes from The Cribs, The Coral, The Snuts and The Skinner Brothers.

Bobby’s Summer Disco Show. Usually at The Warehouse on Monday nights, Bobby’s Disco Club is moving over to O2 Academy Leeds for a one-off show to mark the start of the summer. If disco grooves and dance floor moves are your jam, this is the bank holiday party for you. The venue will be transformed into a Studio 54 fit for modern boogying.

Jubilee Weekend at The Crown. If you want to celebrate the Jubilee bank holiday weekend in style, head to The Crown at Boston Spa. They have four days of fun lined up, starting with cream teas all weekend, a Bloom Gin pop-up from Thursday to Saturday and The Slice Is Right pizza the first two days. Glazed & Confused are slinging donuts on Saturday and you can even enjoy live jazz while scoffing a roast on Sunday.

System and Set One Twenty Terrace Party

Hop City 2022. Leeds is known for its love of craft beer, but for one bank holiday weekend, it becomes known as Hop City. This epic three-day celebration of all things hops takes over Northern Monk and what a party it will be – 41 breweries will be pouring beers new, old and rare, alongside vendors dishing up street food treats. Sup up and enjoy!

Sex Pistols Exposé & The Clashed. Fancy reliving the good ol’ days of punk music? Get down to The HiFi Club on Thursday night for two of the best tribute bands around. You’ll get the full Johnny Rotten experience with Sex Pistols Expose, and a glimpse of Strummer and co’s brilliance as The Clashed take to the stage.

Jubilee Terrace Party. Mint are celebrating the Jubilee bank holiday in Leeds the only way they know how – with an epic terrace party down at Mint Warehouse. It’s a who’s who of the house and techno world. The likes of Ben Elding, GG, Lucia and Myles Harris will get you moving before Solardo, Seb Zito, Del30, Alex Zela and Emma Forster take over the decks.

Friday 3rd June 2022

Sum 41

Slam Dunk Festival 2022. It’s the biggest rock show of the summer in Leeds, so don’t hang about to get your tickets for Slam Dunk’s return to Temple Newsam. This feast of punk and metal has got an absolutely stacked line-up for 2022 – Neck Deep, Sum 41, Alexisonfire and Deaf Havana are headlining with sets from The Dropkick Murphys, The Story So Far and The Wonder Years to boot.

E:Dimension Terrace Party. The second Mint Warehouse Terrace Party of the bank holiday in Leeds is a 3pm to 6am all-nighter curated by leading DJ Enzo Siragusa. E-Dimension sees the man himself on the decks throughout on the terrace, while inside the venue, you can party on down to Efdemin, Adam Pits and Annie Errez in the main room as The Bayou Crew take over The Loft.

Bootleg Blondie. The world’s leading Blondie tribute act takes over the Brudenell Social Club on bank holiday Friday. Bootleg Blondie have even welcomed original band members to play with them over the years, so you know they’re going to be good. From ‘Rapture’ to ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, ‘Dreaming’ to ‘One Way or Another’, expect a hit-filled set.

Binker & Moses, World Island 2022

World Island 2022. The centrepiece of this year’s Leeds Jazz Festival deserves a shoutout in its own right. World Island is a two-day celebration of modern jazz music in all its forms at Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. Binker & Moses and Eliza are the big draws, but you can also check out sets from the likes of Nia Archives, Naali Collective and Jelly Cleaver.

Flat Worms. Fans of a punk persuasion are in for a treat on Friday night as one of Los Angeles’ finest bands make their way across the Atlantic for a special show at the Brudenell Social Club. Flat Worms are on their first UK tour since the release of their second album, the raucous ‘Antarctica’, but they’re also marking the release of ‘Live in Los Angeles’, their first live LP.

Conan Gray. One of the biggest breakout stars of the YouTube generation of musicians, Conan Gray started out by releasing his raw demos online and has since blossomed into one of the most popular popstars of his time. Multi-platinum hits like ‘Heather’ and ‘Maniac’ have earned plaudits from Taylor Swift and Elton John, and will feature prominently at O2 Academy Leeds on Friday.

Spiers & Boden

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Spiers & Boden. After a 7-year break, the hugely successful folk duo Spiers & Boden reunited for a brand new album, ‘Fallow Ground’, and a UK tour which comes to Howard Assembly Room in Leeds on bank holiday Friday. The duo, also known as the leaders of the folk big band Bellowhead, will be playing a career-spanning set of traditional songs, given their unique, modern twist.

Harlecore. London-based producer spans genre boundaries and his work is all the better for it. Equally inspired by classical music and electronica, the breadth of his influences is evident in his off-kilter pop-meets-happy hardcore-meets-chamber music releases so far. He’s bringing his much-loved Harlecore night to Headrow House this bank holiday weekend for a late-night party.

Till Dusk Festival. For a dance festival that will evoke memories of illegal raves of days gone by (this one isn’t, we promise!), get down to the Till Dusk Festival this bank holiday in Leeds. Taking place in a field off Green Lane in the heart of Kippax, this 500-capacity event has a line-up filled with big house and techno DJs, from Josh Butler to Bobby O’Donnell, Parker Smith and Flooksy.

Saturday 4th June 2022

Bloc Party

Bloc Party. It’s been six long years since indie stalwarts Bloc Party released their last album – in that time, they’ve taken seminal debut record ‘Silent Alarm’ for a lap of honour around the country and it sparked the creative juices that produced ‘Alpha Games’, their most accomplished LP in a long time. Check them out at O2 Academy Leeds on bank holiday Saturday.

Count Arthur Strong. What’s on this bank holiday in Leeds for comedy fans? After 20 years of giving riotous lecture talks, Count Arthur Strong is giving his ego a stroke in his new show ‘And This Is Me!’ which comes to City Varieties on Saturday night. This show, for the first time of course, is all about him – the man, the myth and the highly magnanimous variety show legend himself.

Bloody Romans! Take the whole family back in time at the Royal Armouries throughout the half term in Leeds. It’s all about the Bloody Romans, with a focus on the life, weapons and armour of a Roman Warrior. For the bank holiday especially, you can revel in high-octane action with chariot racing in the outdoor arena, as well as loads of fun have-a-go activities.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Live at Leeds In the Park 2022. The first-ever outdoor version of Live at Leeds takes over Temple Newsam across this long weekend and what a feast of indie brilliance you have waiting for you. In the Park 2022 welcomes Bombay Bicycle Club and The Vaccines as the main headliners, but you can also check out sets from the likes of Easy Life, Sea Girls and Sports Team.

Teddy Swims. Like an American reinvention of Rag’n’Bone Man, Jaten Dimsdale might look like a bouncer-cum-hip-hop heavyweight, but as Teddy Swims he packs a soulful punch with his epic covers and original songs. Recently signed to Warner Records, he’s destined for huge things, so catch him at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union before he hits the big time.

Safii Koii. One of the bright young things making music in Leeds right now, you can see Safii Koii headline her first ever show at Royal Park Cellars in Hyde Park this long weekend. Expect soul music with an electronic twist, taking influence from the likes of James Blake, FKA twigs and Gorillaz. Support comes from The Sound of Modesty and Faith Ruddick.

Chow Down

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Chow Down. Celebrate the bank holiday in Leeds with a trip to Temple Arches for Chow Down. It’s street food central, with delights served up by the likes of Mormor and Sarto, alongside rotating guest vendors. But that’s not all – you can enjoy craft beer and cocktails with DJs and live music. The full line-up is on its way, but you know it’ll be banging.

Leeds Wool Festival. The city’s leading and original festival of wool is back for 2022! Get down to Armley Mills on Saturday or Sunday to explore a jam-packed crafting market, catch expert demonstrations, enjoy live performances and watch special talks. There’ll be a host of workshops for you to get involved in, as well as a pop-up tea room. Craft away!

The Terrace Party. The third and final Terrace Party at Mint Warehouse of this bank holiday weekend in Leeds is going to be a big one. Party from 3pm to 6am with a stellar line-up of house and techno DJs. Residents Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell are on the decks alongside special guests, Anotr, Rossi, Lauren Lo Sung and Pach.

Sunday 5th June 2022

Mark Watson

Mark Watson. In ‘This Can’t Be It’, Mark Watson ponders the big questions we’ve all had time to mull over during the past few years. He’s 41, around half-way through his life according to his new phone app, so the fragility of existence is glaring into view – get ready for two hours of pathological overthinking disguised as stand-up at City Varieties on bank holiday Friday.

Rev Chunky & The Soul Coalition. Left Bank Leeds is the venue to end your bank holiday weekend in Leeds if you want to party to the sounds of Rev Chunky & the Soul Coalition. Chunky will gather with musicians from Haggis Horns, New Master Sounds and Chunky Butt Funky, whose sole aim will be to raise you up onto your feet and get you moving until you can do so no more.

Angelica Ibiza Takeover

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. One of the leading lights of the early 2000s Philadelphian indie scene, Alex Ounsworth, aka Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, is still going strong nearly two decades on. The first two albums, a self-titled debut and the follow-up, ‘Some Loud Thunder’, are cult classics, but his productivity since is full of must-listens. Check CYHSY out at the Brudenell on Sunday.

LIT Ibiza Takeover Opening Party. The end of the bank holiday weekend in Leeds marks the start of the LIT Ibiza Takeover season at Angelica. The rooftop bar will be the place to be on Sundays over the summer for weekly terrace parties soundtracked by big name DJs. You can get down to sun-tinged anthems that will remind you of the White Isle from 2pm to 11pm.