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 in Leeds. From the latest shows to club nights and one-off events, we’ve got it covered.
Friday 24th March 2023
Tide Lines. Scottish four-piece Tide Lines are coming to Leeds Irish Centre this weekend. Their unique sound blends folk, rock and pop to create something truly special. With catchy songs like ‘Far Side of the World’ and ‘Rivers in the Light’, they’ll have you dancing and singing along all night long. Support comes from Quiet Houses.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Bingo. Head to Headrow House on Friday for a night of bingo unlike any other, hosted by hilarious drag queen Ophelia Love. Expect outrageous costumes, plenty of laughs, and some fabulous prizes too. It’s the perfect way to spend a fun-filled evening with friends. Prepare to sashay the night away!
Kamaal Williams. Jazz musician Kamaal Williams is coming to Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall this weekend, and you won’t want to miss it. His genius music has won him fans around the world, and his live shows are on another level. With a talent for improvisation and a love of experimentation, he’s sure to put on a show you won’t forget any time soon.
Chris Shiflett. Chris Shiflett, the guitarist of legendary band Foo Fighters, is coming to Brudenell Social Club on Friday. With a career spanning over two decades, Chris has plenty of hits to play, both from his time with the Foo Fighters and from his solo work. Don’t miss this chance to see a rock icon in action. Support comes from Dea Matrona.
The Addams Family. The Addams Family is coming to Leeds, and it’s the perfect family-friendly event for the weekend! Performed by LAMMPS at the Riley Smith Theatre, this musical follows the spooky and hilarious adventures of the Addams Family. With catchy songs and lots of tomfoolery, it’s a show that kids and adults alike will love.
Stiff Little Fingers. Legendary punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers are heading to O2 Academy Leeds this weekend for a night of electrifying live music. With a career spanning over four decades, these veterans of the punk scene know how to put on a show. Expect classic hits like ‘Alternative Ulster’ and ‘Suspect Device’ alongside newer material.
Lord Of The Flies. Love the theatre? Then you’ll just love Lord Of The Flies. Set in the midst of a raging war and inspired by William Golding’s novel, the play tells the story of a group of school children left stranded after surviving a plane crash. What will they get up to? Find out at Leeds Playhouse on Friday and Saturday.
Candelight Concerts: Taylor Swift. Experience the magic of live music like never before with Candlelight Concerts. This event brings together the beauty of Leeds Minster and the music of Taylor Swift, performed by the talented String Quartet Ensemble M. Enjoy beloved hits like ‘Love Story’ and ‘Shake it Off’, all while basking in the gentle glow of candlelight.
Bongo’s Bingo. You can head to O2 Academy Leeds on Friday night for Bongo’s Bingo. It’s bingo made cool again (was it ever?). Get ready for absolutely bonkers games of luck, complete with rave interludes, inexplicable prizes, confetti cannons and fancy dress galore. Just remember to call off Saturday morning plans – they’re done for!
Saturday 24th March 2023
Sister Act. Get ready to sing and dance along with the hit musical Sister Act at the Leeds Grand this weekend. This uplifting show follows the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier as she goes into hiding in a convent after witnessing a crime. With catchy tunes and hilarious antics, it’s a show that will have you tapping your feet and laughing out loud.
Loyle Carner. This weekend, you can join Loyle Carner in celebrating the 10th birthday of the Belgrave Music Hall with two intimate and unforgettable shows. This award-winning rapper and songwriter has been making waves in the UK music scene. With only limited tickets available, it’s the perfect opportunity to see this rising star up close and personal.
Prospa. Get ready to dance the night away on Saturday with Prospa Live 2023. This exciting event at the O2 Academy Leeds will feature the dynamic sounds of the UK-based DJ and production duo Prospa. With their signature blend of techno, house and breakbeat, they promise an unforgettable night of non-stop music and vibes.
Marcus King. Join the Marcus King Band at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union for an evening of unforgettable blues-rock music. Hailing from South Carolina, King has been hailed as one of the most exciting young guitarists and songwriters in the genre. With his distinctive blend of southern soul, funk, and rock, he has earned accolades from critics and fans alike.
The Burner Band. Wondering what’s on for music lovers in Leeds this weekend? You can head to the Brudenell Social Club on Saturday to catch Burner Band in action. This Leeds-based group specialise in classic funk, soul and R&B tunes that are sure to get you tapping your feet. Support comes from James Shakeshaft.
Leeds Whisky Festival. Whisky lovers rejoice! The Leeds Whisky Festival is back for another year, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever. Head to the Corn Exchange on Saturday to sample a wide range of whiskies from all over the world, with experts on hand. With live music, food stalls and more, this is a can’t-miss event for any whisky enthusiast.
HiFi Comedy Club. Established in 2001 and featuring four stand up comedians, the HiFi’s Comedy Club is Leeds’ finest independent comedy night and has been the launchpad for many a stand-up comedian over the years. This Saturday, the club will see comics Tom Wrigglesworth, Sally-Anne Hayward, Barry Dodds and another special guest take to its iconic stage.
West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. Take in the sweet sounds of spring with the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Music for a Spring Afternoon’ concert. Featuring a diverse selection of classical music, this event is sure to delight music lovers of all ages. Head to the Morley Town Hall for an afternoon of beautiful melodies and arrangements.
Projekt. Oh yes it’s back! Projekt returns to the O2 Academy Leeds this weekend to reaffirm itself as one of the North’s leading Saturday nights out. Six years since it started, this is now a massive club night with a killer combination of unparalleled production, talented performers and resident DJs alongside a few special guests. You don’t want to miss it.
Sunday 26th March 2023
Jack Garratt. Jack Garratt is coming to Leeds on Sunday night. The BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known for tunes like ‘Worry’ and ‘Breathe Life’, will be performing at the O2 Academy this weekend. It’s your opportunity to hear Garratt’s stunning vocals live.
The Go! Team. Want to catch a smidgen of live music this weekend in Leeds? The Brudenell Social Club have got just the thing as they welcome The Go! Team on Sunday. Known for their infectious sound that brings together indie pop, garage rock and hip-hop, this band is sure to get you moving. Support comes from Abracadabra.
Piano Day Leeds 2023. Piano Day Leeds 2023 is an annual celebration of the piano that brings together music lovers from across the city. The event will be held at the Brudenell Social Club on Sunday and features an exciting lineup of ever-so-talented artists. It’s bound to be an unforgettable night of class music and entertainment.
LS6 Junk Yard Sale. Love a good old Sunday bargain hunt? You can browse over 40 stalls from your neighbours who have cleared out their homes, wardrobes, sheds and precious craft stashes. Oh yes, the Left Bank Leeds Sunday Junk Yard Sale is a bit like a car boot sale – except better and indoors. It’s one of the best things to do this weekend in Leeds.
Georgie Buchanan. Singer-songwriter Georgie Buchanan is coming to Hyde Park Book Club on Sunday for an intimate evening of music. She’s been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley and will be performing a mix of old and new songs, as well as some covers, showcasing her soulful voice and intricate guitar playing.
The Sunday Joint. The Sunday Joint is back for another weekend at The HiFi Club. It features a variety of live music acts, including jazz, funk and soul musicians, and showcases some of the best local DJs who’ll spin tunes late into the night. This Leeds venue is famous for its sound system, so expect high quality jams and a good boogie.
Springwell Charity Pub Quiz. Looking for things to do with your mates this weekend? The Springwell Pub Quiz is back! Gather your team and head to the home of North Brewing Co for a night of trivia and fun. With a range of categories to test your knowledge, it promises to be a great night out. It’s your chance to take home the title of quiz champions.
Left Bank Doc Club. The very first Left Bank Doc Club featuring ‘LYRA’ by Alison Millar, will be shown at Left Bank on Sunday. ‘LYRA’ is an emotive, intimate film portrait of the life and death of celebrated Northern Irish journalist and LBGTQ+ advocate, Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by Irish Dissident Republicans in April 2019 aged just 29.
IWD Showcase. This IWD showcase is a celebration of women and non-binary Artists based in Leeds and is brought to you by a collection of 16 artists from Assembly House and Left Bank Leeds. Come along to Left Bank for a drink and the chance to view the work and meet the artists. There’ll also be creative workshops to get involved with.