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The Top 10 Events in Leeds this Summer 2022

30th June 2022

If there’s one thing Leeds is top of the class for this Summer, it’s the jam-packed calendar of events planned for the city centre and beyond. Whether it’s a day trip to catch a game, a night out with live music, or you’re looking to sink your teeth into some culture – Leeds has got you covered right through the summer months.

1. Live Music @ Harewood House

8th – 10th July

Harewood House are hosting three consecutive nights of music in their extensive grounds, with Michael Buble up first on 8th July and the multimillion record selling Bryan Adams on 10th July. To find out what else is on at Harewood this Summer, head to their website.

2. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Leeds Grand Theatre

12th – 23rd July

After two triumphant seasons at the London Palladium, and with performances in over 80 countries worldwide, it’s time for one of the world’s most beloved family musicals to come to Leeds, with Linzi Hateley, Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow leading the cast. Get your tickets here.

3. The British Transplant Games

28th – 31st July

This July, Leeds hosts The British Transplant Games; an inclusive event encouraging transplant recipients of all ability levels to participate, with over 24 sporting events taking place across the four-day event, you can see thousands of athletes and their families and friends come to Leeds from all over the UK.

4. Sounds of the City @ Millennium Square

8th July – 6th August

Millennium Square is set to host the Sounds of the City, with acts across multiple genres hitting the stage, including Foals, HAIM, and Club Classical Anthems. Experience some of the biggest anthems of the past 30 years, re-imagined and performed live by the 60-piece symphony orchestra of Opera North. The grand finale of Sounds of the City hits on 6th August, with the highly anticipated Popworld Festival; an epic celebration of all things cheesy pop, with artists such as Peter Andre, Whigfield, and Cheeky Girls bursting out their top hits.

Stage lit up at Millennium Square at dusk, with huge crowd in front of it.

5. Jersey Boys @ Leeds Grand Theatre

26th July – 6th August

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Olivier Award-winning, original Broadway sensation, Jersey Boys. Swinging into Leeds Grand Theatre, the smash hit musical has captivated over 27 million people worldwide and bagged 65 major awards.

6. Leeds Festival @ Bramham Park

26th – 28th August

There’s the Leeds half of the nation’s favourite double act, Leeds and Reading Festival, taking place at Bramham Park, with headliners such as Dave, Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me the Horizon, and Rage Against the Machine all heading to the outskirts of the city for what is guaranteed to be one of the best events of the year.

7. Leeds Pride

7th August

Leeds Pride will be taking over the city for the 17th year running. As Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of LGBT+ life, and one of the UK’s biggest, free Pride events, attracting over 55,000 visitors to last years event. Celebrity appearances, live entertainment, and parades, make up just a small portion of what makes Leeds Pride one of the most loved and anticipated things to do in the city every year.

8. Leeds West Indian Carnival

29th August

The much loved Leeds West Indian Carnival makes its post Covid return this August, an epic explosion of colour, culture, and excitement. With food, dance, and the wildly popular West Indian Carnival parade, it’s another staple of the Leeds event calendar in 2022 that you don’t want to miss.

West Indian Carnival, credit Terry Jeavons

9. Bugsy Malone @ Leeds Grand Theatre

30th August – 4th September

Rounding off the Summer schedule at Leeds Grand Theatre, the first ever professional production of Bugsy Malone, a stage adaptation of 1976 spoof gangster film musical, is touring the UK and they’re coming to Leeds this August.

10. BBC Radio 2 Live @ Temple Newsam

17th – 18th September

Ending the Summer festival season, BBC Radio 2 Live 2022 is one of the biggest festivals in the Leeds calendar this year. Spreading its wings and leaving London for the first time, Temple Newsam are proud to host the event this September, with an absolute mammoth line up, including Kaiser Chiefs, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, George Ezra, and Nile Rodgers & Chic.