Whether you’re majorly into music or fanatical about food, you’ll find your match with one of Leeds’ fantastic festivals. Take a look at our guide and see what you could be doing on your visit.
Pulling in the crowds since 1999, Leeds Festival was started as the second leg to the long-standing Reading Festival. Whether you’re more of a rock fan or prefer hip hop, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained on this line up. From Kasabian and Korn to Eminem and Xzibit, you’ll find all the biggest stars at Leeds.
Over two weeks a series of city wide events celebrate the independent eats and drinks that Leeds has to offer. With a great range of artisan food and drink producers, as well as top talks and demonstrations, the Leeds Indie Food Festival has become a real favourite with foodies.
Celebrated electronic music label Cocoon had been releasing cutting edge house and techno for years when they decided to start a festival. Since 2009, every July a stage is set up at Temple Newsam, a stately home near Leeds city centre and Cocoon’s DJs play their music to a huge crowd of music fans.
From the Human League to Howard Jones, you’ll find all the biggest names from the 80s music charts come to Leeds in June. The nostalgia doesn’t stop on the stage. With retro amusements, food stalls and fancy dress, why not turn back time to the most decadent decade at Absolute Radio’s Let’s Rock Festival?
Head to Harewood House in August and you’ll find a bonanza of Beetles ready to welcome you. But the VW Festival isn’t just for fans of the vintage car. This is a full weekend of entertainment, music and food all wrapped up in a fancy dress theme. Maybe take some time to explore beautiful Harewood House itself.
Get a taste for some of the best craft beers and ciders from the UK and around the world at Leeds Beer Festival.
While you’re on the hunt for the perfect pint, you’ll be entertained by live music and lots of beer related stalls. Feeling peckish, a street food market is on hand to keep you going.
Attracting more than 40 bands across six different city venues, Slam Dunk Festival has gone from strength to strength since it was established in 2006.
With a great mix of up and coming and more established punk, emo, metal and ska bands, expect to see headliners like Fall Out Boy, Thursday and Paramore.
From the Human League to Howard Jones, you’ll find all the biggest names from the 80s music charts come to Leeds in June.
The nostalgia doesn’t stop on the stage. With retro amusements, amazing food stalls and fancy dress, why not turn back time to the most decadent decade at Absolute Radio’s Let’s Rock Festival?
This festival aims to bring the best in music, moving image and technology to Leeds. Whether you want to spot an international star or catch the screening of the next big indie film, you’ll find it all at Leeds International Festival. With a fashion and food fringe running alongside the main festival, you’ll have a fun packed week.
From the 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.