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 19th July 2019
Shonen Knife. The legendary all-female Japanese rock trio will return to the Brudenell Social Club this weekend. Their iconic punk-pop sounds go back over 30 years, and have earned them a cult following over the years, which has included the likes of Kurt Cobain.
Slung Low Shorts. Head to The Holbeck to catch not one, but seven different shows in one evening. From first-hand insight into the Windrush Generation to understanding troubled teens, each show is unique from the one that’s on before it.
Jazz Leeds Festival 2019. The hotly anticipated festival will return with a stellar line-up of jazz acts, who will play at venues all over Leeds this weekend. We’re talking the likes of New York Brass Band and their New Orleans take on catchy pop tunes and Electric Lash Big Band, who will reimagine Jimi Hendrix’s epic third album, Electric Ladyland.
Grease. Catch one of the most famous musicals of all time, right here in Leeds this weekend. 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. You can get tickets for just £19.78 with our fantastic offer.
Miranda Arieh. Described as a mix of Bowie, Lennox and Gaga, this gig is guaranteed to get you up off your feet. Miranda Arieh will launch her debut album ‘Ferine’ with an oh-so fabulous show at Hyde Park Book Club.
The Shoe Cake Comedy Club. If you want to know what’s on in Leeds for comedy lovers this weekend, don’t miss out on this eclectic evening. Think improv, stand-up and impressions, all rolled up into one show. The main act will be internet sensation Charlie Hopkinson, who has amassed over 100,000 subscribers on Youtube.
Sunset Yarden Party. Sheaf Street will host another of their outdoor terrace parties and this time they’ve invited Bebetta. Her house and techno DJ set will take you through to the early hours, with help from Leeds’ own Baba&Ganoush.
Make Your Own Geometric Wall Hanging. This weekend you can create your own unique wall hanging at Chirpy’s popular workshop. Choose from over 50 paint colours so you can match it perfectly to your home’s decor, before printing them onto an A3 piece of reclaimed vintage wood.
Brazilian Wax Presents. To enjoy a night of Afro-Brazilian beats, get down to The HiFi Club for the latest shindig by Brazilian Wax, who have invited DJ Tahira behind the decks. His authentic sound is miles away from the usual western disco sets, with proper tropical beats to see you through until the early hours.
Saturday 20th July 2019
Yellow Goose Dance. You can let your hair down this weekend in Leeds with a huge dancing session at HEART, courtesy of a qualified dance teacher and a 10-piece band. From the cha-cha to the samba, there are plenty of ways to get your groove on at this relaxed evening do.
Paint Like Monet. If you love to get creative and enjoy a tipple at the same time, this is one of the best things to do in Leeds this weekend. You’ll be recreating Monet’s Water Lilly painting, perfecting your impressionist skills as you go. It takes place at Brasserie Blanc, so you can enjoy a glass of wine or two while you’re there.
Classic Ibiza. This weekend, you can witness the best Ibiza anthems come to life in a whole new way as a live orchestra gives them a unique edge. The Urban Soul Orchestra will be joined by DJs and vocalists in one epic, family-friendly evening at Harewood House.
Monarchs. The next ruler in the Royal Armouries’ Monarchs series will focus on George III, who ruled Great Britain during the Napoleonic War. Nicknamed the ‘Mad King’, he wasn’t one to play by the rules as you’ll soon find out. Expect live combat demonstrations, costumed characters and object handling sessions across the weekend.
The Comedy Sessions. To catch four top comedians in one night, head to The HiFi Club for their weekly comedy show. This week you can see the dry-witted Alistair Barrie, who blends topical material with plenty of silliness, alongside Louise Atkinson, Angelos Epithemiou and Danny McLoughlin.
Eat North. Eat North will once again take place at North Brewing Co. for a full day of street food, DJs and games. Pick a craft beer from inside the brewery before parking yourself on a bench outside in the sun. It’s also worth noting that kids and pooches are actively encouraged.
Kirkstall Art Trail. This weekend you can check out a variety of art exhibitions and workshops from local creatives in and around Kirkstall. Nosy at a selection of mini art exhibitions at Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Headingley Allotments and even private residences.
Ox Club Grill Takeover. Water Lane Boathouse will host another of their Summer Series. This time, you can snaffle street food from Ox Club, The Harewood Food & Drink Project and MorMor to a backdrop of fire cooking and DJs. Fancy a tipple? Northern Monk will be supplying their ever-popular brews.
A Journey Through Time. This unique piece of theatre will explore Kirkstall’s past, present and future in the splendour Kirkstall Abbey. There’ll be actors old and young from groups like Vintage Youth Club and LifeLines, plus music from Leeds’ own Declan Vink.
Sunday 21st July 2019
The Sunday Joint. Why not end your weekend in Leeds with a free gig? The Sunday Joint will invite Sonic Blues, known for their soulful yet groovy sounds. They’ll be accompanied by a DJ set before and afterwards in the intimate The HiFi Club.
¡VAMOS! Leeds 5. Head to Millennium Square for the city’s favourite fiesta, which celebrates the cultures of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Expect live music from Peru’s La Inedita and Spain’s Ortiga alongside a slew of workshops and Latin American street food.
Super Trooper Improv Comedy. Improv lovers can catch the city’s most spontaneous comedy show at The Box in Leeds city centre. The Leeds-based group will ask you for your suggestions and conjure up a show from scratch, so expect the unexpected, as there’s absolutely no planning involved.
Sports Cars in the Park. The family-friendly show will take place in the stunning grounds of Lotherton Hall with a relaxed setup compared to other car shows. You can spot everything from Ferraris to Maseratis, before enjoying live entertainment, street food and family-friendly games.
Build Your Own Planter Workshop. You can create your own planter in a special workshop at Sunny Bank Mills this weekend. You’ll learn how to roll your own slabs before scoring and shaping the clay. After adding clay relief decoration, they’ll fire and glaze your creation for you.
Learning to Play Jazz. Part of Leeds Jazz Festival, this workshop will introduce musicians of all abilities to the world of jazz. Leeds-based jazz tutor Dom Moore will teach you how to embrace the genre while giving you crucial improvisation tips.Cover image credit: Simon Finlay