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 15th November 2019
Reasons to Stay Alive. Wondering what’s on this weekend for theatre lovers in Leeds? The stage adaptation of Matt Haig’s bestselling book Reasons to Stay Alive is coming to Leeds Playhouse. It’s a frank yet funny look at mental health that follows Matt, a young man crippled by depression. You’ll join him on a journey of self-growth as he learns to live and love better.
Jungle Cakes. Kick your weekend off with a bang at Jungle Cakes, a no-holds barred drum and bass rave at Mint Warehouse. Huge DJs like Ed Solo, Deekline and Serial Killaz will all be getting behind the decks to bring you an energetic blend of jungle beats until the early hours.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. If you’re in need of a good giggle, the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club is one of the best things to do in Leeds. Head to First Direct Arena and you’ll get to see loads of witty stand-up acts, from Gavin Webster’s brash gags to Mark Nelson’s wry observations, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.
We Will Rock You. Queen and Ben Elton’s smash-hit musical We Will Rock You is coming back to Leeds Grand Theatre for a week of belting rock ’n’ roll. Set in a world where musical instruments and free expression are banned, you’ll follow a group of Bohemians who are trying to bring back rock ’n’ roll.
Showaddywaddy. You can see the colourful 50s nostalgia group Showaddywaddy take to the stage at Leeds City Varieties this weekend. Playing hits like ‘Under the Moon of Love’ and ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, it’ll be a fun night of music that’s bound to get you up on your feet and grooving.
Festival of the Dead. An immersive clubbing experience like no other, Festival of the Dead is back at O2 Academy Leeds for another outrageous party. It’s inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, so expect crazy characters, insane acrobatics and huge puppets as you dance the night away to club classics.
London Calling. Fans of The Clash can rock out to their greatest hits as London Calling take to the stage at The HiFi Club. They’re an authentic tribute group, so expect to hear favourites like ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’, performed with all the intensity of the punk legends themselves.
Zeitgeist Presents: Frank Ocean Night. If you’re wondering what’s going on in Leeds’ club scene, check out Zeitgeist at Royal Park Cellars. It’s the latest addition to the city’s buzzing nightlife and it’s kicking off with a Frank Ocean special. The DJ will be spinning soulful tunes like ‘White Ferrari’ alongside other hip-hop beats.
Sister Act. The hilarious film Sister Act is being brought to life on the Carriageworks Theatre stage. You’ll follow diva Deloris Van Cartier as she forms an unlikely sisterhood with a group of nuns the only way she knows how – through disco. With plenty of gospel songs and 70s dance moves, it’s an unmissable musical spectacular.
Saturday 16th November 2019
Thor’s Tipi. Nordic-themed pop-up bar Thor’s Tipi opens this weekend in Leeds. The cosy winter hideout will be set up in Victoria Gardens, decked out with fairy lights, furs and crackling log fires. There’ll be loads of warming festive tipples for you to enjoy like mulled wine and hot choc-tails. Feeling hungry? Feast on their famous Viking Meat Boats.
Hugh Cornwell Electric. Punk-rock legend Hugh Cornwell is playing Brudenell Social Club. It’s a two-part set, so you’ll be treated to songs from his brand new solo album ‘Monster’ before he launches into a storming set of The Stranglers’ greatest hits.
Romare. Experimental dance DJ Romare is getting behind the decks at Belgrave Music Hall. Inspired by everything from jazz to juke, he’ll be creating infectious dancehall rhythms that’ll keep you grooving long into the night.
Winter Craft Party. Workshop Sewing Cafe is hosting a Winter Craft Party at Archive. With over 30 stalls from local crafters, you’ll find everything from festive wreaths to unique ceramics. There’s even workshops to get stuck into, so if you love crafts there are few better things for you to do in Leeds.
World of Wine. You can sample 14 different wines from across the globe at World of Wine, a wine tasting experience day held at the Radisson. Expert sommeliers will teach you all you need to know about the wine before you enjoy the best tipples paired with a luxurious 2-course lunch.
Freya Ridings. Enchanting singer-songwriter Freya Ridings is taking to the stage for an intimate gig at O2 Academy Leeds. You’ll get to hear her platinum-selling hit ‘Lost Without You’ alongside new songs from her self-titled debut album.
Santa’s Grotto. If you’re looking for what’s on this weekend for families in Leeds, then look no further because Santa is coming to Stockeld Park. Enter the twinkling grotto and the kids will get to sit on the big man’s knee, tell him their Christmas wishes and get a gift. There’s also a Snowflake Maze and the spectacular Winter Illuminations to explore.
Ghost Hunt. Armley Mills is one of the most haunted places in Leeds and this weekend you can come face to face with its resident ghouls on Simply Ghost Night’s Ghost Hunt. Using table tapping, ouija boards and infra red cameras, you’ll try to reach the restless spirits that live in this creepy 16th-century mill.
Avalanche Party. A wild garage-punk band from Yorkshire, Avalanche Party are taking over Hyde Park Book Club’s gig space to perform a foot-stomping set. Expect screeching guitars and plenty of shouting as they play electrifying singles like ‘Rebel Forever’ and ‘7’.
Sunday 17th November 2019
Big Joanie. If you’re a fan of new music, you can catch up-and-coming feminist punk trio Big Joanie this weekend in Leeds. They’re known for their empowering lyrics and slashing guitar riffs, which you can experience for yourself as they play through their debut album ‘Sistahs’ at Headrow House.
Jadek. Jadek is Slung Low’s latest play at The Holbeck. Based on a true story, it’s a heartwarming tale of a working-class Yorkshire lass who’s moved in with her blind, 94-year-old Polish grandad. Hilarity and heartbreak ensue as these two people, separated by decades, find more common ground than you might expect.
Super Trooper Improv Comedy Night. For an evening of side-splitting sketches and games, head to The Box for the Super Trooper Improv show. Anything goes here and audience participation is highly encouraged, so get ready for some wild and wacky fun that’s entirely made up on the spot.
Patrick. Wondering what’s on this weekend for film buffs in Leeds? Hyde Park Picture House are screening Tim Mielants’ latest indie flick Patrick. The tragicomedy follows Patrick, a middle aged man living with his parents on a naturist campsite. When a hammer goes missing, Patrick is thrown into a quest that reveals the real naked truth about the campsite’s residents.
Corporation Pop. In the mood for some flower power? 60s psychedelia rock group Corporation Pop are playing at The Grove Inn. From ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ to ‘Venus in Furs’, you’ll get to hear all your favourites from the era as well as a few unknown tracks.
D Block Europe. Hip-hop duo D Block Europe are bringing their national tour to O2 Academy Leeds. You’ll get to hear explosive new tracks from their album ‘Home Alone’, which is full of bass heavy raps influenced by US trap music.
Undo: Redo & Treppenwitz. You can enjoy a double bill of improvised dance and music at Open Source Arts. First you’ll get to see Lauren Trim’s soloist dance routine, inspired by the power of femininity. Three-piece musical ensemble Treppenwitz will then take to the stage to play a one-of-a-kind improvised set.
Mountain Goats. If you’re a rock lover looking for things to do in Leeds this weekend, check out Mountain Goats’ gig at Brudenell Social Club. They’re an American acoustic rock band with a lo-fi sound similar to early REM, so expect crooning vocals and melodic basslines.
Screenwriting Workshop with Lisa Holdsworth. Budding screenwriters can get a crash-course from Emmerdale and New Tricks writer Lisa Holdsworth at YAFTA. It’s an action-packed day where Lisa will teach you all her tips and tricks before you get to try your hand at writing a short screenplay.Cover image credit: Stockeld Park