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Music Festivals in Leeds

You can't mention 'Leeds' and 'Festivals' in the same sentence without thinking music!



Leeds Festival is one of the UK’s largest music festivals, held over the August bank holiday weekend each year, with a number of stages across Bramham Park hosting some of the world’s most-loved music names. This year, expect more huge acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club.


Live at Leeds is an annual city centre music festival held across a variety of unique venues in Leeds during the first bank holiday weekend in May. Winner of Best Metropolitan Music Festival at the UK Festival Awards, the festival will celebrate the best in upcoming local bands, alongside some more established names, featuring lots of gigs and other music inspired events.

Leeds Festival - Victor Frankowski
Let's Rock Leeds! at Temple Newsam


Slam Dunk Music’s annual festival, taking place on 28th May 2016 on Millennium Square in the heart of the city, boasts over 50 national and international artists across seven stages. This year the festival will be bigger and better than ever as they celebrate their 10th anniversary!

This year’s Otley Folk Festival runs on the 16th - 18th September, it’s their 25th festival! It is a festival with something for everyone, street entertainment, concerts, music sessions abound. Camping is available at the campsite on the Pool Road just outside Otley. Artists appearing at this year’s festival include Vin Garbutt, The Churchfitters, De Temps Antan, Les Barker, Grannies Attic plus a host of our regular favourites. Find out more at

Let’s Rock Leeds! Is THE music festival if you’re a lover of all things 80s. Held on 18th June 2016 in the gorgeous grounds of Temple Newsam, this one day festival is packed with fun for the whole family and plenty of 80s madness.

That's just the start, check out these musical numbers...

Wharfest – 30th January 2016

International Festival for Artistic Innovation (Leeds College of Music) – 10th - 11th March 2016

Live at Leeds (in partnership with Leeds Digital Festival) – 26th-30th April 2016 

Made in Leeds Festival – 30th April 2016

Slam Dunk Festival – 28th May 2016

Headingley Music Festival – 1st-11th June 2016

Black Dyke Brass Festival 2016 - 5th June 2016 

Let’s Rock Leeds! – 18th June 2016

BIG DISCO - 1st July 2016

Cocoon in the Park – 9th July 2016

Scene Better Days Fest - 12th & 13th August 2016

Leeds Festival – 26th-28th August 2016

Black Music Festival - 28th August 2016

Bingley Music Live – 2nd-4th September 2016

Otley Folk Festival – 16th-18th September 2016

OnRoundhay - 17th September 2016

Mint Festival - 24th September 2016

Wharfest 2 - 24th September 2016

Beacons Metro – 27th October - 7th November

Kazoopa Festival - 26th November

Leeds Piano – 2018



Live At Leeds
Cocoon in the Park - Credit Christopher Gribbin
Disco Ball - Dan Dennison