With a mixture of world-class venues, modern studio spaces and traditional social clubs, you’ll find global superstars, local heroes and new talent performing in Leeds. Discover where you should head to see the best music, comedy, theatre or dance shows in town with our guide and make sure you catch the best shows in town.
Since opening in 2013 with a gig by the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, the First Direct Arena has attracted music stars and awards galore. With room for 13,000 in its amphitheatre, this venue has hosted everything from the Tour De France Grand Depart and the Sports Personality of the Year to Jesus Christ Superstar and Strictly Come Dancing.
Although best known as the home of the Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre has seen everyone from Morecambe & Wise to Shrek tread its boards.
Built in 1878, the building’s red brick columns and gothic turrets are a grand landmark in the city centre.
The West Yorkshire Playhouse has been producing huge shows and showcasing local talent in the heart of Leeds since 1970.
With a mission to tell old stories in new ways and find voices that need to be heard, you’ll see everything from William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy performed.
Formerly known as the Leeds Academy, the O2 Academy Leeds offers two music venues in one. The large room has seen gigs by everyone from the Stone Roses to Stormzy, while the basement is a great place to spot upcoming artists before they hit the big time.
Founded in 1965 as the Leeds Music Centre, Leeds College of Music is a conservatoire offering short courses, as well as a programme of live classical, jazz and experimental music. Everyone from global stars and talented students can be found performing in the 350 seat concert hall.
Built in 1858, Leeds Town Hall is still used by the city council for weddings and civil partnerships, as well as hosting concerts and events. Head to the Town Hall to see classical music competitions, film festivals and everything in between.
Established in 1913 as a working man's club, the Brudenell Social Club has retro 1950s décor but hosts the latest and greatest up and coming acts. Famous for its secret gigs from big bands, like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs. Who will you see on your visit?
Located in Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen offers three floors of art, film, music, food and good vibes. If you’re visiting in the summer be sure to check out Leeds' most spectacular roof terrace which is perfect for late night cocktails.
Since opening its doors in 1999, the Wardrobe has set itself up as multi purpose space in the heart of the Leeds’ buzzing arts quarter. Head to the basement where you’ll find bands playing a sunken dance floor as well as late night dj sets.
Whether you prefer classic ballet or modern choreography, you’ll find it all showcased at Yorkshire Dance. This company champions dance in Yorkshire by offering classes, youth and community support, as well as performances throughout the year.
Situated at the heart of Millennium Square in the city centre, this forward thinking theatre offers a series of flexible spaces for theatre, comedy and poetry. Perfect for large family shows, musicals and dramas, but with studio spaces for intimate shows by local talent.
From Leeds’ city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.