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What’s On This Weekend in Leeds

· Emma Cooke · Culture

Here is everything that's going on in Leeds this weekend.

Leeds Rum Festival

If the weekend has caught you by surprise and you still don’t have plans, fear not, because we’ve rounded up what’s going on this weekend in Leeds.

There’s always something to do in Leeds, so if you find yourself at a loose end this weekend, or any other for that matter, just whack Leeds-List in your search bar and find our guide to what’s on. From the latest shows to club nights and one-off events, we’ve got it covered.

Friday 20th September 2019

Our Place, Boomchikkaboom

Atlantis. Local actress Lydia Cottrell will take to the stage at The Riley Theatre in a one-woman show that covers all things about space. Expect a bonkers stage production with everything from intergalactic hotdogs to a child-sized paddling pool.

The Leeds Soul Train. If you want to know what’s on in Leeds for funk and soul-lovers this weekend, head to Mint Warehouse for a whopping great big get-down. Think 60s, 70s and 80s funk and soul classics, seamlessly mixed for a night of non-stop grooving.

Episode 5 Spice Girls Vs Take That. Family-friendly favourite Our Place will host the fifth instalment of their ‘The Hangout’ raves, but this time they’re throwing it back with Spice Girls and Take That classics. Add a bouncy castle and soft play into the mix for the perfect way for kids and adults to let off steam in true Boomchikkaboom-style.

Chew The Fat: Beer Fest. Chew The Fat is back with another informal panel-led discussion and this time they’re talking all things beer. Head to Sheaf St for a few brews as you learn about Yorkshire’s thriving brewing industry with speakers from Women on Tap CIC, The Ilkley Brewery and North Brewing Co.

The New Mastersounds. To celebrate its 20th birthday, The Wardrobe will throw a big shindig with The New Mastersounds, who have graced Leeds’ funk and soul scene since 1999. This time they’ll be joined by special guest from the US, Lamar Williams Jr, the former bassist of The Allman Brothers Band.

St Gemma’s Hospice – Leeds Night of the Proms. This weekend, St Gemma’s Hospice Choir and Leeds Symphony Orchestra are teaming up for a spectacular evening of music in the splendour of Leeds Town Hall. They’ll perform a range of popular and classical pieces, including songs from The Greatest Showman.

Persian, Leeds Cookery School

Afsaneh’s Persian Kitchen. Get to grips with an exotic cuisine this weekend and head to Leeds Cookery School for a night dedicated to Persian cooking. You’ll learn how to make everything from Iranian rice to spiced meatballs with award-winning chef Afsaneh Kaviani, followed by a special tasting session.

Sub:terranea Presents Versalife Live. This weekend, Wire will invite Versalife into the basement for a night of techno bangers. The Dutch producer will make the trip to Leeds to give you a taste of his 2018 album ‘Soul of the Automaton’ to take you into the early hours.

Hell Fire Jack. The explosive Yorkshire duo will take over The 360 Club at The Library with their unmistakable bluesy-rock. Since releasing their debut album ‘Chains’ in 2018, they’ve caught the attention of BBC Music Introducing and now they’re on the road with their brand new tour ‘Demons’.

Saturday 21st September 2019

Bushcraft Day, Skelton Grange

Skelton Grange Open Day. The nature centre will once again open its doors to the public for a fun-filled family day out. You can learn circus skills, refine your bushcraft skills and hear stories in the woods, but that barely scratches the surface. If your family love the great outdoors, this is one of the best things to do in Leeds this weekend.

Robbie Thompson. The Sheffield lad will launch his brand new single ‘Above Us All The Devil Is Laughing’ at Hyde Park Book Club this weekend. It’s the first tune he’s released with a full live band, so his carefully-crafted lyrics, inspired by the post-industrial North, will be brought to life in a whole new way.

Jewellery Making. This weekend you can design, create and take home your own earrings with a workshop at The Bowery. By nailing techniques like filing and soldering, you’ll have complete control over the outcome and walk away with your perfect piece of jewellery.

Leeds Rum Festival

James Dey. Leeds local James Dey will launch his new EP ‘Autumn’ with a special gig at Seven Arts. After years of creating music in his shed, he’s decided that in 2019, he will release four EPs named after each season. You can see the third edition with a full live band this weekend.

We Belong Here III: Love and Sculpture. The popular pop-up exhibition and open mic night is back at Freedom Mills for an evening dedicated to the city’s creative communities. Expect anything from theatre to dance to be performed on the night, with a fully-stocked bar onsite.

Leeds Rum Fest 2019. If you want to know what’s on in Leeds for rum-lovers this weekend, head to Leeds Corn Exchange, where you’ll have 130 different varieties at your finger tips. You can get stuck into masterclasses, pay a visit to the rum shack and even party with pirates, all while DJs soundtrack your evening.

Opera North's The Greek Passion

Credit: Tristram Kenton

Groove Transmission. Doghouse will invite legendary DJ Phil Towers to take you from late-afternoon to midnight with dance-inducing dub and exotic disco. This get-down takes place just once a month, so make sure you catch it this weekend.

Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club. Join Scouser Craig Charles for a night of disco, funk and soul at The Wardrobe. He’ll be spinning tracks into the early hours, but that’s not your only dose of soul music for the evening, as support comes from Leeds-based neo-soul band Mamilah.

The Greek Passion. Reconstructed from scattered manuscripts, this is your chance to see The Greek Passion, one of Bohuslav Martinů’s most rarely performed operas. When a group of helpless refugees arrive in a distant village looking for a place to shelter, they’re met with distrust – can Manolios persuade the other villagers to help or will it end in tragedy?

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Hyde Park Picture House

Cinema Open Day. This is your chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes and into the history of Grade II-listed The Hyde Park Picture House. You can explore the nooks and crannies of the 1914 cinema and even learn what goes on inside the projection room.

Brudenell Piano Sessions #8. This popular afternoon of piano will return to Brudenell Social Club for a special show. After an obligatory opening by Leeds’ own pianist Simeon Walker, British composers Garreth Broke and Theo Alexander will take to the stage with vocalist Nel Begley.

Kids Art Club. If you have a budding artist on your hands, head to The Bowery for their bitesize art club for kids. This month, the theme is marbling, so they can get to work creating abstract paintings while you sit downstairs with a cuppa.

The Bowery

Re:soul X The Sunday Joint. To celebrate four jazz-filled years, the popular jazz night is teaming up with The Sunday Joint for an epic takeover at The HiFi Club this weekend. The night will showcase Leeds’ finest jazz talent in the form of an all-star house band made up of local musicians.

Leeds in 1819 – Part I: Holbeck to Briggate. Leeds City Walking Tours will take you back 200 years to the Industrial Revolution with this historic walking tour. You’ll start on the South Bank at The Midnight Bell before weaving your way up to Briggate, learning about everything from healthcare to culture at the time.

Khalid. This weekend, the r&b and hip-hop star will head to Leeds for his only tour date in the North at First Direct Arena. Expect plenty of material from his new album ‘Free Spirit’, including ‘Talk’ as well as a few throwbacks, like his massively successful debut single ‘Location’.

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