Live at Leeds in the Park - credit Sarah Oglesby Creative


Why Leeds is the best city to visit this summer for live music, gigs and festivals

26th April 2024

We’ve teamed up with The Hoot to bring you all the best music festivals, homecoming gigs and performances you’ll struggle to find anywhere else this summer.
Leeds has become known locally, and increasingly nationally, as a go-to city for live music and it’s not difficult to see why.
Once upon a time it was Leeds Festival that carried our reputation as a proper Northern Powerhouse in the music scene, and whilst we still welcome the 80,000 visitors the festival brings each year, there’s plenty more to explore than this.
From up-and-coming indie artists performing in intimate venues to England-exclusive performances; world record attempts; homecoming gigs from some of the biggest artists through the decades and a celebration of our local music nights, we’ve scoured the city in search of all the best events to get yourself down to.
Keep reading to find all the most exciting events to visit this summer that are putting Leeds on the map as one of the best cities for live music and festivals…


Whether you’re planning to camp out at one of the UK’s biggest music festivals or fancy yourself a trip into the city centre to discover new artists, Leeds is packed with festivals and events throughout the summer, plenty of which you can’t find anywhere else in the country.


Live at Leeds in the Park - credit Danny Payne Photography

(Live at Leeds in the Park – credit Danny Payne Photography)

Live At Leeds: In The Park

The indie day festival where you’re destined to spot the ‘next big thing’. Making up the summer portion of the Live At Leeds series, Temple Newsam will be abuzz with artists new and old. This year headlining are The Kooks, plus Declan McKenna, The Cribs, Sea Girls, Future Islands, Circa Waves, Baby Queen and Melanie C.
When: Saturday 25 May 2024
Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AE
Tickets: £65 each plus booking fee and available via See Tickets here.
Find out more here.

Sounds Of The City

Five summer series exclusive performances. Leeds and Manchester share the festival between them, but with a host of different names in each city, Sounds Of The City Leeds is well worth travelling to for your only chance to catch Anne-Marie, Paloma Faith and Gabrielle, Busted, Suede and Manic Street Preachers perform as part of the festival.
When: Thursday 4 July – Friday 19 July 2024
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre, LS2 3AD
Tickets: Varying between £45 and £66.45.
Find out more and book here.


Leeds Ska and Mod Festival at Millennium Square

(Leeds Ska and Mod Festival – Millennium Square)

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival

There’s nothing else like it on this scale in the north. Leeds music festivals span across all genres, including a seven hour festival dedicated to Ska and Mod music. Doors open from 2pm with artists like King Hammond & The Rude Boy Mafia, Stranger Cole, The Chords, Death Of Guitar Pop and Buster Shuffle confirmed for the outdoor event.
When: Sunday 4 August 2024, 2-9pm
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre, LS2 3AD
Tickets: £35 each plus booking fee.
Find out more and book here.

Slam Dunk North

Catch You Me At Six’s final UK festival performance. The UK’s biggest indie rock festival regularly attracts crowds from across the country, and this year with a line-up of I Prevail, The Interrupters, The All American Rejects and the final UK festival performance from You Me At Six, this year will be no different.
When: Sunday 26 May 2024
Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AE
Tickets: £109 plus booking fee and available via See Tickets here
Find out more here.

Leeds Festival 2023 - Emily Marcovecchio

(Leeds Festival 2023 – Emily Marcovecchio)

Leeds Festival

Fred Again’s festival exclusive, the return of Catfish and The Bottlemen, plus the chance to see some of the world’s biggest artists live across three day festival. An obvious choice when it comes to ‘must-visit events in Leeds’: the festival is set to have one of it’s biggest years to date with over 200 acts promised to attend over the three days, including headliners Blink 182, Lana Del Ray, Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Gerry Cinnamon.
When: Friday 23 August – Sunday 25 August 2024
Where: Bramham Park, Leeds, LS23 6ND
Tickets: £125 for a day ticket or £325 for the entire weekend, all tickets are still available via Ticketmaster here
Find out more here.

Homecoming Gigs

Leeds is home to some incredible talent. We grew with the Kaiser Chiefs in the 00s, followed Mel B on her journey to success with the Spice Girls and have plenty of time for ex-One Direction star Zayn Malik who always shares how proud he is of his West Yorkshire roots (and is now the face of the Bradford 2025 campaign).
If you want a live event where you can genuinely watch artists feel at home, with local fans pouring out to see their neighbours, school alumni, or even just celebrities that keep the dream of live music alive and accessible for us all, heading to a homecoming gig in Leeds is a must.
Here’s our top picks of which homegrown artists you can catch back in Leeds this summer…


Yard Act

(Yard Act via Facebook)

Yard Act

Vocalist James Smith and bassist Ryan Needham started the band after moving into a house in Meanwood together in 2016.
The four-piece band from Leeds have been going from strength-to-strength since steering their golden rover into the public eye in 2020. Yard Act command the stage at every single gig and fill their acts with fun, humorous twists choreographed to a tee and we’re expecting nothing less from their homecoming gig this August.
When: Saturday 3 August 2024
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre, LS2 3AD
Tickets: £30 plus booking fee.
Find out more and book here.

Corrine Bailey Rae

Corrine Bailey Rae grew up in Moortown and attended university in Leeds. Black Rainbows is a musical project ‘inspired by the objects and artworks collected by Theaster Gates at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago’ that Corrine Bailey Rae will be sharing with Leeds as part of the Live At Leeds festival at Temple Newsam.
When: Saturday 25 May 2024
Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AE
Tickets: £65 each plus booking fee and available via See Tickets here.
Find out more here.


Girls Aloud Tour 2024

(Girls Aloud Tour 2024)

Girls Aloud

Kimberly Walsh grew up in Allerton and returns for two nights on The Girls Aloud Tour. Girls Aloud are back after a long hiatus, celebrating 21-years together and in memory of fellow band member Sarah Harding, the Sound Of The Underground returns to stages across the UK, with two nights planned in Leeds.
When: Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June 2024
Where: First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY
Tickets: Both dates still have limited tickets left, available via Ticketmaster here
Find out more here.


Embrace - Wikicommons

(Embrace – Wikicommons)


The band came together in Bailiff Bridge, just outside of Halifax in the 90s. Cast your mind back to the early 00s, Embrace were on the Millennium Square stage at Live At Leeds (pictured above), Chris Martin had just co-written a song with the band and Coldplay were their support act. Now the West-Yorkshire-born-and-bred band will be taking over the stunning ruins of an old monastery at Kirkstall Abbey in celebration of 20 years of album ‘Out Of Nothing‘.
When: Saturday 27 July 2024
Where: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH
Tickets: £55.50 plus booking fee.
Find out more and book here.

The Pigeon Detectives

The band met in Rothwell over 20 years ago. Leeds’ own The Pigeon Detectives will be supporting Madness at Kirkstall Abbey this summer. With six albums to choose from, expect the summer party to start on stage before we’re welcomed to the House Of Fun this July.
When: Friday 26 July 2024
Where: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH
Tickets: £60 each plus booking fee.
Find out more and book here.

The Wedding Present

The band originally formed in Leeds in 1985. The English indie rock band has been through it all in the last 40 years. Tied with Elvis Presley for the most number of Top 40 hits in a single year in 1992, seven record labels, nine albums and a whopping 26 band members during this time (five present and 21 former): now The Wedding Present is coming home for a performance at the O2 Academy.
When: Saturday 5 October 2024
Where: O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW
Tickets: £35.65.
Find out more and book here.


Gigs you’ll struggle to find anywhere else this summer

So Leeds might not be the biggest city in the UK, but its been chosen by artists across the world as a must-visit for live music, in fact, Leeds has been chosen as the only English city to host Global-Award-winning band Nothing But Thieves this summer, as well as one of a handful taking part in Frank Turner‘s world record attempt.
We’re also a city that knows how to party, and as such, you’ll be able to find tickets to the new day rave for over 30s here, and remain one of, if not the only, place in the country with availability.
Keep reading to find out our top picks for exclusive music events in Leeds this summer…


Frank Turner via Facebook

(Frank Turner via Facebook)

Frank Turner’s World Record Attempt

Leeds joins a select number of UK venues for this weekend-long record attempt. Leeds has been chosen as one of the cities to play a part in artist Frank Turner’s attempt to perform at the most music venues in 24 hours. There will be a solo set lasting around 20 minutes or so around 4pm, but due to the nature of the record attempt, timings may vary on the day.
When: Saturday 4 May 2024
Where: Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Millwright Street, Leeds LS2 7QG
Tickets: Available exclusively via Crash Records here.
Find out more here.

Nothing But Thieves

Millennium Square is the band’s only headline show in England this summer. The Dead Club City band toured the UK last year, missing Leeds off the rota – until now that is. Leeds is now the only headline stop for the band as they play across Europe this summer, and with a back catalogue of four albums and six EPs all recorded in the last decade to choose from, there’s going to be non-stop-hits all night long at Millennium Square.
When: Wednesday 3 July 2024
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds City Centre, LS2 3AD
Tickets: £42.50 plus booking fee.
Find out more and book here.


Leeds International Piano Competition, Leeds Town Hall 2

(Leeds International Piano Competition)

Leeds International Piano Competition

Paris, Berlin, New York and West Yorkshire host the prestigious event. Now in its 21st year, Leeds International Piano Competition comes to an exciting crescendo at the Great Hall inside the University of Leeds. Heats are held around the world before a second round and semi-finals are held in Leeds, and the grand final nearby in Bradford.
When: Friday 13 September – Saturday 21 September 2024
Where: The Great Hall of the University of Leeds, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tickets: Available from £5.
Find out more and book here.


Returning favourites that keep us dancing every single month

Just because these events happen regularly, by no means suggests they shouldn’t be shouted about. As a city we’ve got world-renowned speakeasies with talented jazz artists inside; we’ve got the streets lined with DJs and open mic nights, and performances every single day of the week inside venues that have more customers each year than Leeds Festival. Keep reading to find our top picks for unique live music events you can find each month (or so) in Leeds.


The Domino Club - The Hoot

(The Domino Club – The Hoot)

The Domino Pub Quiz

Where else can you take part in a music quiz inside a secret Jazz speakeasy. Barbers by day, underground speakeasy by night, The Domino is a local favourite for a fun night out and now you can take part in a monthly pub quiz with a live band that combines the tongue-in-cheek humour; an incredibly talented trio of musicians and all the best bits of your usual pub quiz (drinks included).
When: Last Tuesday of every month from 8pm
Where: 7 Grand Arcade, Leeds City Centre, LS1 6PG
Tickets: £10 per person, recommended four people per team, bookings can be made directly with The Domino here
Find out more here.

Northern Guitars open mic night

Think of the most British songs you can name, with lyrics replaced with northern slag; some of the most talented local singers, guitarists, violinists and more. Northern Guitars is Call Lane’s answer to an early doors night out to kick the Monday blues: head down for Happy Hour drinks and then relax into the evening with acoustic sets, hilarious covers and remakes, as well as musicians from near and far. It’s a real escape from reality.
When: Every Monday night from 7pm
Where: 41 Call Lane, Leeds City Centre, LS1 7BT
Tickets: No tickets needed
Find out more here.


Belgrave Music Hall

(Belgrave Music Hall)


Four hours of non-stop Taylor Swift hits. Swiftogeddon is the Taylor Swift night that fans continue to sell out every single time it’s in town. Taking place at Belgrave Music Hall every few months, the night comprises of back-to-back hits from the American pop sensation, and nothing else.
When: Friday 26 April / Friday 21 June 2024
Where: Belgrave Music Hall, Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds LS2 8JP
Tickets: £8.82 each.
Find out more and book here.

Brudenell Social Club

Anyone that’s worked their way up through the ranks as a performer in Leeds will be able to tell you about their first time at the Brudenell Social Club. Affectionately known as ‘The Brude’, the 400-capacity music venue is a jumping off point for artists big and small.
Recently Gene Gallagher (son of Liam Gallagher)’s band Villanelle ; The Last Dinner Party and Yard Act have performed here, and it’s been known to host secret gigs for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs in the past. It’s a must-visit venue for anyone looking to find a new favourite artist.
When: Every night of the week
Where: 33 Queens Road, Burley, Leeds, LS6 1NY
Tickets: Generally from £10 each.
Find out more and book here.


Day Fever via Instagram

(Day Fever via Instagram)

Day Fever

‘The daytime disco that doesn’t ruin your Sunday’ is returning to Leeds following the success of its launch over Easter weekend. Over-30s club event Day Fever is touring across the country playing disco and party hits. 
When: Sunday 22 June 2024
Where: O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AW
Tickets: Available for £12.85 each via TicketMaster.
Find out more here.


Leeds Marriott Hotel Bedroom

(Leeds Marriott Hotel Bedroom)

Where to stay in Leeds

If you find yourself travelling over from outside the city to visit Leeds, there’s a whole host of unique hostels, hotels and exciting staycation options to choose from. Find out more here. 

Leeds Pride, credit Karl Spencer