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 17th January 2020
A Path With Heart. Yoga Hero are running a one-off workshop that’s designed to help you re-connect and balance your chakra. A yoga instructor will lead you through a series of calming meditations, mantras and poses. If you’re looking to relax and re-charge this weekend, there are few better things to do in Leeds.
Alfie Templeman. You can catch 16-year-old virtuoso Alfie Templeman at Headrow House this weekend. He’ll be playing melodic indie tunes from his debut album ‘Don’t Go Wasting Time’. It’s the perfect opportunity to see this up-and-coming in an intimate venue before he hits the big time.
Black Celebration. Depeche Mode fans, listen up. You can see the UK’s number one tribute to the electronic geniuses in Leeds this weekend. Black Celebration are coming to The HiFi Club, where they’ll be playing all your favourites, from ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ to ‘Personal Jesus’.
Fortynine & LSMix. If you’re looking to boogie away those January Blues, check out the Fortynine & LSMix at 212 Cafe & Bar. From 5pm they have an eclectic mix of house, disco and electronica DJs playing. Rising talent Sampul tops the bill and he’ll be keeping you grooving until the early hours.
Conflare. Pop-rock quartet Conflare are taking to the stage at The Wardrobe. This local Leeds band will be playing through their punk-pop singles like ‘Lazy Bones’ and ‘Tempted’ with some surprising covers thrown into the mix too.
Slaughter Beach, Dog. Modern Baseball’s frontman Jake Ewald and bassist Ian Farmer have formed the spin-off band Slaughter Beach, Dog. You can see them in action at Brudenell Social Club. Over three years, they’ve developed a more mature, folk-rock sound which culminated in their 2019 release ‘Safe And Also No Fear’.
The Wizard of Oz. The beloved story of The Wizard of Oz is taking over the Leeds Playhouse stage. Transported to the wonderful world of Oz, you’ll follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion down the yellow brick road in an all-signing, all-dancing production you won’t want to miss.
Ivan Brackenbury. Want to know what’s on in Leeds’ comedy scene this weekend? Cats does Countdown favourite Tom Binns (better known as Ivan Brackenbury) is coming to Otley Courthouse. He’ll be using his newfound ‘psychic’ abilities to make hilarious and jaw-dropping revelations about the audience.
From The Jam. Bruce Foxton is a bass legend and you can see him in all his glory at Morley Town Hall this weekend. Expect thumping bass lines as his spin-off band From The Jam play classics like ‘Going Underground’ and Bruce’s solo hits like ‘Freak’.
Saturday 18th January 2020
Street Scene. Opera North’s first production of the year is Street Scene and you can be one of the first to see it at Leeds Grand Theatre this weekend. A groundbreaking blend of opera and Broadway musical theatre, you’ll follow a family at war with themselves on a sweltering hot day in New York. Tensions bubble to the surface in the heat, until it erupts with a heinous act of violence.
Leeds Fun Weekend. You can get involved with an array of activities across the city as part of Leeds Fun Weekend. It’s a celebration of the city’s culture, food and drink scenes, kicking off with the Leeds Owl Trail. Spread across the whole weekend, there’s everything from craft sessions to a miniature pub crawl.
Jah Wobble. You can experience the creative bass-driven sounds of Jah Wobble this weekend in Leeds. The expert bassist is taking to the stage at Brudenell Social Club to bring you an evening of experimental soundscapes that combine dub, ambient and avant-rock music.
Handmade With Love 2020. It’s the first day of The Craft Centre and Design Gallery’s annual Handmade With Love exhibition. They’re showcasing the very best of British crafts, with everything from handmade jewellery to unique ceramics. Find a piece you love? Everything on display is for sale.
MartinFest 2020. The annual rock ’n’ roll fundraiser for Leeds Music Trust is being held at the Fox & Newt. MartinFest 2020 promises to be a foot-stomping evening of heavy music, with post-punk rockers Expelaires headlining. Xletators and Costa Rosa will also be supporting, so get ready for a head-banging night of tunes all while raising money for a good cause.
Veganuary Market. The Wardrobe are hosting the second annual Veganuary Market. There will be lots of different stalls from local Leeds businesses, including downright dirty junk food from Knave’s Kitchen and flavoured tipples from Leeds Gin. It’s all meat and dairy-free, so if you’re doing Veganuary it’s one of the best things to do in Leeds.
Splink! A topical play by Greg Jameson and Tom Bailey, Splink! is coming to Seven Arts for one night only this weekend. It’s a mash-mash of witty sketches about the woes of modern life. So if you’re baffled by the age of Instagram or bamboozled by Brexit, it’s a must-see in Leeds.
Make Your Own Ring. You can make your own sterling silver ring at Eat Your Green’s silversmith workshop this weekend. An expert jeweller will guide you through the process step by step, which includes shaping the metal, using a blow torch and setting the stone by hand.
TRIBE’s Still I Rise. Wondering what’s on this weekend for dance lovers in Leeds? Contemporary dance company TRIBE will be making their debut at The Riley Theatre. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’, choreographer Victoria Fox has created an emotional piece which will be performed by an all-female troupe.
Sunday 19th January 2020
Dachshund Cafe. If you’re a dog lover in Leeds, you’ll want to check out what’s on at Revolution Electric Press. They’re hosting a pop-up Dachshund Cafe, where you can meet and play with loads of cute sausage dogs from across the city. There’ll be lots of tasty treats on offer for the pooches alongside a delectable menu of food and cocktails for humans to dig into.
Stereophonics. This is your chance to see Welsh pop-rock legends Stereophonics in an intimate gig before they head out on their arena tour. They’re taking to the stage at O2 Academy Leeds, where you can expect to hear all your favourite foot-tapping hits like ‘Dakota’ and ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ alongside tracks from their latest release ‘Kind’.
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.
Learn to Skate. Want to try a fun new hobby this year? Roller Girl Gang is running a beginner’s skating workshop at Ramgarhia Sikh Centre. You’ll be eased into the hobby by a pro, who will teach you how to start, stop, skate backwards and more.
Points of View. The first exhibition of the year at Sunny Bank Mills opens this weekend. Points of View showcases the work of 12 Yorkshire artists and their different interpretations of landscapes. If you want to end your weekend with a spot of culture, this is one of the best things to do in Leeds.
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.Cover image credit: John Steel Photography