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 June 2019
Summer Solstice Mini-Festival. Celebrate the longest day of the year at Open Source Arts with a medley of acts under one roof. Think comedy, drag and circus performers up to midnight, with a bar and food stalls to see you through.
Drink and Draw – Drawn to Music. Want to get creative with a tipple in hand? Head to The Bowery to create your own works inspired by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and his brash paintings as music plays in the background.
Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael. For the ultimate throwback, don’t miss the West End tribute show that spans George Michael’s sensational career at First Direct Arena. From solo hits like ‘Faith’ to Wham! classics like ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’, get ready to move those guilty feet.
Grease. Catch Aussie star Peter Andre as Teen Angel in one of the most famous musicals of all time. Sing-along to hits like ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Grease Lightnin’ as you follow the unlikely romance of bad boy Danny and girl-next-door Sandy at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Footloose the Musical. Witness the smash-hit musical come to life on stage at Carriageworks, courtesy of award-winning theatre group LIDOS. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing production packed with 1980s hits like ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ and ‘Let’s Hear it For The Boy’.
Peakes. This female-fronted trio will showcase their ambient electronic sounds in an intimate gig at Northern Monk Refectory. The Leeds locals have already sold-out big London gigs, so catch them before they hit the big-time.
Rhythm of the 90s. This lively gig will reignite the finest dance anthems of all time in an intimate space. Think classics by Faithless, The Prodigy and Robin S, all reimagined by a full live band who will get you moving and grooving at Brudenell Social Club.
Horace Andy. Legendary reggae star Horace Andy will head to Leeds for a show at The Wardrobe this weekend. His 30 years in the business has seen him collaborate with stars like Massive Attack and top the charts with classics like ‘Skylarking’.
Yorkshire Sculpture International Opening Party with NTS. To launch the brand new festival Yorkshire Sculpture International, which will bring exclusive sculpture exhibits to Leeds and Wakefield, you can catch a selection of live music and DJs in the splendour of Leeds Art Gallery. The line-up features names like Rian Treanor and LAPS.
Saturday 22nd June 2019
The North Leeds Food Festival. Get to Roundhay Park for a weekend of street food, booze and a brand new cookery area with Leeds Cooking School. Watch as chefs from Vice and Virtue and Tharavadu cook up a storm live on stage before you tuck into a host of tasty eats.
Monarchs – Tokugawa Ieyasu. To catch the next of their Monarchs series, take the family to the Royal Armouries this weekend. It will transform into 17th-century Japan, with costumed characters, object handling sessions and combat demonstrations.
Mario Kart Day. Belgrave Music Hall have teamed up with Retro Events to put on an event that will appeal to kids, big and small. It’s a day-to-night shindig crammed with Mario Kart tournaments on a range of consoles, plus merchandise stalls. Feeling peckish? Snack on themed food and drink.
CAT End of Year Show. Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Northern Ballet will showcase their finest talent in this end of year show at Riley Theatre. Performances will span classical ballet from David Nixon and Afro-Caribbean choreography from Alleyne Dance.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was. Interested in life behind the scenes of the Oasis legend? Hyde Park Picture House will screen the brutally honest documentary about Liam Gallagher’s ups and downs after life in one of the world’s most successful rock bands.
When Mummy Doesn’t Give a ***! An Evening With Gill Sims. Fancy a few laughs this weekend? City Varieties will invite the best selling author Gill Sims to share her side-splitting takes on motherhood, writing and everything in between, from drinking wine to restoring her youth.
Let’s Rock Leeds! To catch 80s favourites like Status Quo, Erasure’s Andy Bell and Shalamar, head to Temple Newsam. The all-day festival will span pop to rock and soul as you are transported back to the good old days.
Two Door Cinema Club. Catch the chart-topping band launch their third album ‘False Alarm’ while taking you back to their early years as they play classics like ‘What You Know’ and ‘Undercover Martyn’ at Brudenell Social Club.
The Magic of Motown. The sensational Motown concert will takeover First Direct Arena with the biggest soul and funk hits in history. We’re talking tunes by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye. They’ve already sold out London’s O2, so don’t wait on Leeds tickets.
Sunday 23rd June 2019
Wuthering Heights. Roundhay Park will host an open-air, family-friendly production of Emily Brontë’s world-famous novel this weekend. Set up camp with a chair and picnic before you sit back and enjoy the show.
Yoga and Brunch Club. Head down to one of Hyde Park Book Club’s most popular events to enjoy a spot of relaxation on Sunday morning, followed by a tasty vegetarian brunch.
Cricket World Cup Fanzone. Round up the family and settle down at Millennium Square to see Pakistan take on South Africa in the Cricket World Cup on the big screen this weekend. You can tuck into grub from food stalls and even take part in cricket activities.
Clay Senses. This is a workshop for the budding ceramicists among you. Head to HEART to get experimental with clay and refine your sculpting skills with Smudge Pot Studio, all while you scoff tea and biscuits.
Gladys Knight. One of the globe’s greatest soul talents will headline First Direct Arena in a show-stopping round-up of her biggest hits, which will include the likes of ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and ‘Licence to Kill’.
Will Blackstone Quartet. Catch Leeds lad Will and his trumpet-led quartet in a toe-tapping gig at Inkwell this weekend. You can expect a range of covers of legendary jazz trumpeters, accompanied by a guitar, d-bass and drums.Cover image credit: Giles Smith