Leeds is a vibrant city and there’s always plenty going on – there are usually several high profile concerts to choose from on any given night. The Yorkshire city is home to some big names in music – none bigger or more synonymous with Leeds than the Kaiser Chiefs.
Leeds has also spawned acts including The Sisters of Mercy, The Wedding Present and Soft Cell and the local music scene is as vibrant as ever.
If you’re looking for concert tickets in Leeds, then as well as the city’s largest venue, First Direct Arena and a busy O2 Academy, there are many smaller, independent venues that host a wide variety of concerts.
Since it opened in 1999, The Wardrobe has earned a reputation as a popular concert venue, showcasing some big names on the global music scene. The venue’s Basement Club has a custom-built sound-system and 40-foot cocktail bar with a capacity of 450 music-lovers.
There are two major universities in the city, both with their own live music venues and heritage to be proud of.
Leeds Beckett University has a 1,100 capacity gig venue which has hosted everyone from The Buzzcocks to Blur to Coldplay and many more besides. The venue also includes a smaller area which hosts local acts.
Leeds University is home to The Refectory, a 2,100 capacity venue in the heart of the Student Union building which has seen performances from the biggest names around since the late 1960s, including Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones. One of the most famous live recordings ever made, The Who Live in Leeds, was recorded in The Refectory.
In 2008, The Refectory hosted Velvet Revolver bringing a memorable night of rock and roll to a packed, adoring audience – one of the band’s last ever gigs to be fronted by the late Scott Weiland.
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There are some massive concerts coming up in Leeds this year. US Blues act Seasick Steve will be live at the O2 Academy on 22 April on the last night of a four-date UK tour. Over at the First Direct Arena, the legendary Sir Elton John will take to the stage on 8 June playing some of his best loved hits and tracks from his latest album Wonderful Crazy Night – the eleventh time he has played in the city since 1971. The pop-punk band Blink 182 will also be playing a concert at the Leeds First Direct Arena, touring their seventh studio album, California. You can see them at the popular venue on 5 July.