Over the last decade, Leeds has become an increasingly popular place for locals to go and see live music. With the opening of several new venues, Leeds has very much put itself back on the musical map.
There have been some impressive and memorable gigs in Leeds in last decade. One of these was when local boys Kaiser Chiefs took to a makeshift stage at Elland Road stadium to perform to 35,000 fans back in 2009, supported by Yorkshire band The Cribs and DJ Mark Ronson.
In 2014, grunge legends Pearl Jam played the First Direct Arena (one of only two venues they played in the UK), powering through 36 songs and two encores, playing long past the curfew.
There are plenty of gigs to look forward to in 2017 and the new year will kick off in style with the appearance of legendary rockers Black Sabbath at the First Direct Arena on 26 January. Their Leeds show will be one of eight final shows the band will ever perform.
The First Direct Arena will also host The Stone Roses for two nights on 20 and 21 June 2017.
Scottish alternative rock band the Jesus and Mary chain will visit Leeds Church on 27 March to support their new album, Damage and Joy, the band’s first full-length album for 18 years.
Until 2013, Leeds had no regular large venue for live music. This all changed with the opening of the First Direct Arena in September of that year, marked by Sir Elton John playing for a capacity audience of 13,000 fans.
The O2 Academy is another relatively recent addition to the city’s music scene. The Grade I listed building which used to be the legendary Town and Country Club reopened as the 2,300 capacity O2 Academy in 2008 with a sell-out gig from Kaiser Chiefs.
If you’re looking for an independent venue, the Brudenell Social Club hosts live music almost every night, a combination of local and national acts. It’s famous for hosting secret gigs from bands including Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand.
Kaiser Chiefs are probably the best-known band from Leeds, but others include Sisters of Mercy, Soft Cell, The Wedding Present and Utah Saints.