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 January 2017
Kick off your weekend in Leeds with something at the city’s theatres. You have three options to choose from – families will love the late season pantomime at Yeadon Town Hall as Jack and the Beanstalk raises money for the Yeadon Charities Association. Alternatively, you can see captivating dance at the Riley Theatre courtesy of Crystal Zillwood’s Spirals or Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse, which ends its run this weekend.
If you’re looking for a new way to exercise, you can spend your Friday evening down at We Are Wellness, as they’re putting on a Beginner’s Yoga Course. Or, if you’re ignoring all that, why not head down to North Brewing Co. and try out their Guided Brewery Tour, where you’ll learn all about how they make their beers, before trying them out for yourself in the brewery tap.
Elsewhere in the city, you can start your weekend in Leeds with a spot of live music. American emo rockers The Hotelier are at The Wardrobe, while Santiago’s are hosting a charity gig headlined by Rafiki with Ryan McDonnell in support. Blackpool alt-rock band The Slumdogs will headline The Packhorse, while Plumhall and Astraluna put on a night of Americana goodness at HEART and John Law and James Mainwaring bring their jazz to Cafe Lento.
Saturday 21st January 2017
The most exciting event of the weekend is undoubtedly Opera North’s The Snow Maiden. It’s the first professional performance of the opera in the UK for 60 years, and Opera North have given it a magical update, as they tell the story of The Snow Maiden, a magical creature who dreams of loving as humans do. Alas, her heart is made of ice, and if she falls in love, it will melt – will she risk it all? Find out this weekend in Leeds.
What have you got planned for Saturday afternoon? If you’re still looking for ideas, how about some art? Breath Taking is a brand new work by artist Sarah Cole, filmmaker Annis Joslin and a group of women and children who have merged poetic words into the natural landscape in a film that’s set in Capability Brown’s Golden Valley Park at the Ashridge Estate.
Alternatively, No. 1 Whitehall has The 4 Elements starting this weekend in Leeds, featuring photographs that focus on earth, air, water and fire, while Sunny Bank Mills welcomes Yorkshire based artists Des Pattison and Pat Harvey, whose Botanica exhibition will see the gallery transformed into a jungle. Comics Unmasked is also kicking off at Abbey House Museum, showing off classic comic strips, or you can catch Everyday Objects at Gallery at Munro House for the last time.
If you’ve got little ones to entertain, you can either go along to Howard Assembly Room for Happily Ever After, a specially tailored workshop featuring music and acting that introduces the world of fairytales, or to A Jar of Stories at Thackray Medical Museum, where the kids are encouraged to hear and create stories inspired by the venue’s apothecary jars. Lotherton Hall is also an option, with their Big Garden Birdwatch, or head to Cookridge Village Hall for their jumble sale.
You might prefer a laugh or two instead, and there’s a couple of choices if that’s the case. Police officer turned comedian Alfie Moore brings his Getting Away With Murder tour to Otley Courthouse, while The Comedy Sessions return to The HiFi Club with a line-up to-be-confirmed. You could swap comedy for burlesque, however, as the Tea Time Tassel Off comes to Belgrave Music Hall with performances from the likes of Ruby Rainstorm, Lamour La Monde and Carman Havalook.
Music fans are well catered for on Saturday night, too. Elles Bailey brings her unique brand of blues to The Duck & Drake, while rising indie popstars Dream Wife headline Headrow House. Local favourites Crybabycry play The Wardrobe and Brudenell Social Club is taken over by Chunk for their 2017 showcase, The Shape of Chunk to Come. Expect to see the likes of Gum Takes Tooth, Galaxians, Mansion of Snakes, Ona Snop, Irk, Lugubrious Children and Chambers.
There’s plenty if you fancy something a little different. Modern jazz group Ashley Henry Trio play at HEART, folk band of brothers The Cactus Blossoms are at Seven Arts and local legends Skinner & T’witch come to The Grove Inn. Or you can see coal-mining traditionalists The Pitmen Poets at City Varieties, the Soundwaves Music Competition Final at O2 Academy Leeds and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall.
Clubbers are also well looked after this weekend in Leeds. There’s The Solardo Sessions at The Faversham, Captain Hook’s Trip to Neverland at Mint Warehouse, Semi-detached at The Old Red Bus Station and Love 2 Be at Mint, the latter featuring none other than ex-Take That member Howard Donald on the decks.
Sunday 22nd January 2017
There’s plenty to do on Sunday to make it more interesting than a lazy day indoors. First up, it’s Holocaust Memorial Day and once again, there’ll be an event at Leeds Town Hall with a speech from Fabian Hamilton MP, a performance of Light After Dark by Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and music from members of the Clothworkers Consort.
Alternatively, nature lovers have the second of the Big Garden Birdwatch events, this one at Pudsey Park where you’ll learn all about the birds you can spot in West Leeds. If you’d rather dabble in the arts, you have the final chance to see Leeds College of Art’s alumni exhibition, Colour Wheel, at the Vernon Street campus, or The HUB welcome Alex Walton’s solo show, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, a story of a young David Bowie fan whose musical journey leads to his discovering of troubling, long-hidden truths about himself.
Why not end the weekend in Leeds at a gig of your choosing? The Proper Ornaments, featuring members of Ultimate Painting and Toy, are running through their second album, ‘Foxhole’, at Brudenell Social Club. Over at Seven Arts, you can enjoy jazz courtesy of the Perpetual Motion Machine, head to The HiFi Club for some funk and hip-hop as Back Chat Brass play the Sunday Joint and dabble in some Americana with Martyn Roper at Smokestack.