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 21st July 2017
Why not start your weekend in Leeds by helping out people in need? DWP Digital is hosting the Leeds Homelessness Hack at Apsley House on Wellington Street. On Friday and Saturday, you can help find workable solutions to fight homelessness in Yorkshire. They’re asking for digital tech specialists, subject matter experts and anyone who can bring to the table – you’ll work together to come up with a plan and it’ll be passed on to people who can actually make it happen.
Elsewhere, The Maven is home to the Bacardi Daiquiri Party featuring one-off interpretations of the classic cocktail, with nibbles and competitions. Fancy getting creative? Firefly Pottery is holding the Pottery Painting Ladies Night – bring your own booze to sup while you get the brushes out, no experience needed. Gamers will be well looked after too thanks to Belgrave Music Hall’s Retro Games Night, with classic consoles and games to play until the early hours.
How about a trip to the theatre instead? There are a few must-see shows on this weekend – Barber Shop Chronicles continues its run at West Yorkshire Playhouse. This is cool, modern production that brings together grime, Afrobeat and traditional African music in the setting of six traditional barbers shops. Or you can head to The HUB for the final three days of Slung Low Shorts 2, featuring a series of new productions by some hugely successful TV writers.
The city’s music venues are bustling on Friday night. You can see rising singer-songwriter Chris Wood in the impressive setting of All Hallows Church in Hyde Park, local jazz fusion and funk group The New Mastersounds at Brudenell Social Club or hotly-tipped grunge rockers Hands Off Gretel at The Library with support from Japanese Fighting Fish, Pulverise and Manhattan Project.
Across the city, Huddersfield rockers Bravado Cartel headline Milo with help from Regiment or you can enjoy an evening of classic jazz with Greg Abate and the Victor Gutierrez Trio at Seven Arts. Clubbers have plenty to choose from too – French house icon Alan Braxe makes a rare appearance at Studio 24, Justin Robertson and Craig Christon join forces for The Friday Residency Special at Sheaf Street Cafeteria and License to Jungle welcomes Ricky Force to the decks at The Old Red Bus Station.
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Head to Woodhouse Moor for Hyde Park Unity Day on Saturday, as the community comes together to celebrate the people and culture of LS6, with live music, performances, games and activities for the kids and a slew of street food vendors. There’s an afterparty at The Old Red Bus Station with Compa and DJ Hybrid spinning tunes until the early hours.
That’s not all the family-friendly fun on offer this weekend in Leeds. The Summer Adventure kicks off at Stockeld Park, promising six weeks of fun with everything from an Enchanted Forest to an adventure playground and an inflatable zone. Alternatively, you can get active with Family Yoga in the Park at Chapel Allerton Park or dabble in some theatre at Horsforth Library with the hilarious tales of William Shakespeare’s early life in Billy Shakes Wonder Boy!
The big family event this weekend is Child Friendly Leeds’ Big Birthday Bonanza. Millennium Square is the main hub with five zones, featuring everything from CBBC on the big screen to a Match of the Day kickabout, interactive storytelling and trampolining. Elsewhere, Kirkgate Market has loads of kids films on, Merrion Centre has exotic animals and John Lewis has LEGO building and bunting making workshops – but that only scratches the surface of what’s set to be a fun-filled day.
There’s a trio of new art exhibitions in Leeds this weekend – first up, Selling Crass Tees to Upper Class Kids showcases the collaborative work of Michaela Cullen and Sam Hutchinson at Serf. Dik Piks sees 22 artists from Leeds, London and the USA contribute to a penis-based work at Lady Beck Studios, which is accompanied by a zine of the same name. The final new exhibition is This Land: Cowboys and the Landscape of the American West at Colours May Vary, displaying the work of photographer Peter Byrne after a year spent shooting cowboys at 45 ranches in 12 states.
This weekend is your last chance to see the brilliant Humans of Leeds exhibition at Left Bank Leeds’ Porch Gallery, showing off the photos of mysterious street photographer Z as he documents the people of Leeds and their incredible stories. You can also get creative yourself with a trip to Fabrication’s Learn to Make A Basic Skirt Using Your Own Machine or a day out at Abbey House Museum where they’re holding a Perfume Making Workshop.
Foodies have a couple of events to look forward to. Roundhay Park is home to this year’s North Leeds Food Festival, with street food, local produce, live music, stand-up comedy, kids activities and an ale house. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to North Brewing Co and its EatNorth all-dayer or try out a brand new street food event at Canal Mills – this Saturday sees the very first Downtown Yard Club take place, expect street food, craft beer, cocktails and DJs on the decks.
There’s plenty more music on offer on Saturday – Brudenell Social Club hosts the All Dayer for Walking With Wounded featuring punk legends The Meteors, The Legendary Raw Deal and Slaughterhouse Cats. Temple of Boom is home to a heavy night with Grieved, Rough Hands and Invisions, while The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton celebrates with its annual MustardStock.
Make the trip out to Otley Courthouse to hear the spellbinding folk wizardry of Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, or pay a visit to Leeds Town Hall for Let the Sunshine In, where 300 voices from the Inspirations choir will perform everything from pop favourites to rock classics. Indie fans can enjoy Desperate Journalist at The Library or The Surfing Magazines at Brudenell Social Club, while retro funk band Sugarman 3 will bring the party to The Wardrobe.
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Sunday doesn’t need to be a day of rest in Leeds – there’s too much going on. If you want to get all arty, The Bowery is hosting Stamp It Up, where you’ll make printing stamps to use on stationery, or you can spend the afternoon at Fabrication, with their Block Printing Workshop.
Love boys’ toys? There are two great options on Sunday afternoon – the Yorkshire Festival of Porsche returns to Lotherton Hall with more than 300 classic models on show, as well as live music, an aircraft simulator, a hog roast and children’s entertainment. Alternatively, Armley Mills are hosting their ninth annual Steam Toys North 2017, complete with engines, wagons and rollers.
Comedy fans have a must-see on Sunday night at Headrow House. Chicago stand-up Kyle Kinane is one of the United States’ most promising comedians and he’s making his way across the pond for his very first UK tour, taking the time to make his debut Leeds performance as part of it.
Music lovers can start the day digging through the crates at Reggie’s Record Fair at Outlaws Yacht Club, before heading to Middleton Park in the afternoon, where they’re hosting their first ever Rock and Folk Music Festival, featuring a slew of local and unsigned talent.
Come the evening, there’s more live music to choose from. There’s a co-headline show at Hyde Park Book Club with rising indie bands Manchester’s Wedding and Irma Vep, who are joined by Leeds’ own Party Hardly. Over at Brudenell Social Club, dream pop duo Litany will show off their new single ‘Flaws’, while B.D. Lenz Trio bring the jazz to Seven Arts, Death By Stereo rifle through some hardcore punk at Temple of Boom and Ben Bodle mans the decks as part of Dusk ’til Disco Sound Navigation down at 212 Cafe and Bar.