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 12th April 2019
How will you start your weekend in Leeds? You can round up your mates and head to the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Quiz at Bierkeller to mark the release of Season 13 on Netflix. Or you can try your hand at manning the decks at the Equaliser DJ Workshop at Sheaf Street Cafeteria, with sessions available for all abilities.
Alternatively, you can head to a show this weekend. The outrageously camp Julian Clary will entertain the crowds at City Varieties with plenty of daring anecdotes and songs. There’s more stand-up if you head to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at First Direct Arena where you can catch names like Mike Newell, Jay Handley and Raymond Mearns.
Leeds has a stellar line-up of gigs this weekend. Post-punk rockers Fontaines D.C. will headline the Brudenell Social Club, Londoners Peluché will put on a funk-filled show at Headrow House and These New Puritans will showcase their unique blend of rock, classical and electronica at Belgrave Music Hall.
If you prefer indie rock, don’t miss Citrus Heights at 360 Club, Sounds Like a Storm at The Library and Charlie Padfield who will headline Double Denim at Verve Bar. Alternatively, make a beeline for an intimate alt-folk performance by Cornwall-based Nathan Ball at Hyde Park Book Club.
Meanwhile, Wu-Tang member and rap icon GZA will bring the East Coast classics to Leeds University Union or you can also catch composer Terry Riley bring together Indian, classical and jazz sounds in the Riley Smith Hall. For more Indian tunes, check out the Punjab’s finest musical talent Kanwar Grewal who will take over Leeds Town Hall.
Later in the evening, you can groove the night away to plenty of old school classics with the resident Cool Beans DJs at Wharf Chambers or head to Truelove x Love Dose at 212 Café and Bar, where you can groove to an eclectic mix of electronica.
Saturday 13th April 2019
Leeds has an impressive food and drink offering this weekend. The ever popular Belgrave Feast returns to Belgrave Music Hall with another cracking line-up that includes Italian goodness from Poco Sicilian Street Food, hot dogs galore from Fat Annie’s and oodles of chicken from WhatTheCluck? If you fancy booze, head to Leeds Gin Fair which will take place at Leeds Corn Exchange and brings all the best gin brands under one roof, with cocktail demonstrations and street food.
Want to pick up one-off gems this weekend? You can make the most of Record Store Day at Crash and Jumbo Records if you rise early to pick up one-off albums with live music and DJs. Prefer art? Tattoo exhibition Northern Ink will showcase 18 different artists’ work at Northern Monk Refectory and there’s even live tattooing from Leeds Tattoo Expo. Or if you want to get stuck into your own creation, check out Screen Print at Laura Slater Studio, where you’ll get a taste of screen printing on cloth.
There’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had this weekend. You can take the kids to Swithens Farm Easter Extravaganza, where there’ll be a farmers market, Easter egg trail and plenty of crafts to get stuck into. Meanwhile, The Leeds Library Book Sale will showcase a hefty selection of books for all ages.
Want to catch a show this weekend? In Other Words will invite local artists to perform poetry and prose at Wharf Chambers. If you would prefer a night of stand-up laughs, The Comedy Sessions at The HiFi Club has a line-up that features North West Comedian of the Year winner Steve Harris as well as witty Mancunian Hayley Ellis.
There’s plenty of live music in Leeds this weekend. Grime star Devlin will headline Belgrave Music Hall, experimental pop artist Gazelle Twin will take over Headrow House and tribute act The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness will head to O2 Academy Leeds. Elsewhere, pop-punk rockers Set It Off will play The Key Club and tribute Keep It Cash will pay homage to Johnny Cash classics at the Brudenell Social Club. Prefer classical? Check out the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall for scores by Elgar, Rautavaara and Takemitsu.
Later in the evening, 90s electronica legend Move D will man the decks at Wire or head to the Dimension 1st Birthday Party, which will see you through the night with a blend of disco, techno and house.
Sunday 14th April 2019
How will you end your weekend in Leeds? You can join the guided Bluebell Walk in Woodhouse Ridge to experience spring at its finest, create your own hanging planter at Play with Clay at The Bowery, or head to The Essence of Renaissance with choral music performed by The Meanwood Ensemble at Northern Monk Brew Co.
Elsewhere, Retro Events will host Zelda Day at Belgrave Music Hall, with themed drinks, a film screening and fan art stalls in honour of one of the world’s greatest video games.
Want to end your weekend with a dose of drama? The Greatest Show for Families is an arena-sized take on the smash-hit musical The Greatest Showman with singers, dancers and aerial performers and you can catch it at First Direct Arena. Or check out E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert at Leeds Town Hall, where you can see the award-winning film accompanied by a live orchestra playing the memorable score. Fancy a few laughs? Head to Improv Comedy Jam at LS6 Café with quality acts from Where’s the Remote? and The Monkeyheads.
If you want to end your weekend with a gig, Leeds has plenty. You can catch a rare performance from Nina Nesbitt who will play an intimate gig at The Wardrobe. Meanwhile, the genre-hopping Dilettante will launch her new single ‘Ironclad’ at Oporto and you can catch a collaboration between a pianist and soul-singing guitar player at Jacob Savage Presents Harrison Warke at The Domino Club. Alternatively, end your weekend with The Sunday Joint x The HiFi Club for a night of reggae and dub with Bare Jams at The HiFi Club.