Music Venues in Leeds

Music Venues in Leeds

Here at Singing Lessons Leeds, we’re always looking for new places to go and see live music. Fortunately for anyone learning how to sing in Leeds, the city has a great selection of big and small venues, which means that it can host almost any type of band. For you're perusal, we've put together a lost of venues which we think are worth taking a closer look at. 

The Brudenell Social Club is a historic venue founded in 1913 as a social club for cabaret and bingo. As time has moved on, Brudenell has adapted to Leeds’ vibrant music scene and is a firm favourite for indie bands originating from the north. It is situated in Hyde Park, a large student area, so bands can expect a rowdy reception when they play. Brudenell is the favourite venue of The Cribs. The northern-rockers started out their career playing Brudenell and have returned many times since, holding a charity Christmas event called ‘Cribsmas’ there. Other notable bands that have rocked its stage are Franz Ferdinand, local boys Kaiser Chiefs and the interestingly named iLiKETRAiNS. If you want to have a closer look, why not head down to 33 Queen's Road, Leeds LS6 1NY.

The Cockpit is one of Leeds’ “livelier” venues, to put it politely. If you’re looking for a gritty-punk ambience, this is the club that you want to play. The venue is situated beneath 3 railway arches, giving the club curved ceilings and bags of character. It is also rather unique in the fact that it has 3 different rooms, allowing it to host 2 gigs on the same night. The list of bands who have played The Cockpit reads like a who’s-who of British music: The Libertines, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Bloc Party, Biffy Clyro, The Cribs and Babyshambles have all played here. That is one hell of a list. The Cockpit also hosts cracking club nights and ‘Garage’ on Saturday nights is a personal favourite. To munch on a slice of The Cockpit’s musical delights, you need to get down to The Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds LS1 4AG.

The Well Leeds,you get the feeling, is one of Leeds’ best-loved venues. Located at Chorley Lane, Leeds, West Yorks LS3 1AB, it prides itself on its food, drink and friendly atmosphere as much as it does on the music they host, you will never fail to feel welcome in The Well. The chilled out crowds make it the perfect venue for local bands to make their debut, and the many-a-talented outfit has achieved success off the back of a gig here. British Sea Power, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Bloc Party and Gallows all started out here on the long road to international success. If you’re band is looking for a bigger audience than your nan and her dog, this venue may well just give you the opportunity.

Leeds Arena is currently being built to accommodate international superstars who want to play arena-sized venues. This addition to Leeds’ music scene is much need: it’s a cardinal sin that England’s third largest city doesn’t have an arena that the likes of Manchester, London and Birmingham can boast. The £60 million arena is being built at Clay Pit Lane, Leeds LS2 8BQ and purports to be able to hold a whopping 13 500 people. The Kaiser Chiefs, Elton John and Micky Flanagan are playing in a string of events in 2013 that mark its grand opening. It promises to be a spectacular venue.

Leeds Met is a medium sized venue provided by Leeds Met University. When not hosting student nights for the university, it can put on a blinding concert. Located just outside of the city centre at 
City Campus, 
Woodhouse Building, Calverley Street, 
Leeds LS1 3HE, it’s just 10 minutes walk from the train station. I’ve seen many great bands play at Leeds Met, including Crystal Castles, Late of the Pier, One Night Only and Foals. It’s guaranteed to put on a good show because its 1100 capacity pit is usually jam-packed with students, who as we know, love to get a bit rowdy. Leeds Met is definitely a venue to check out.

The 02 Academy Leeds  is probably the best place in region to go and see the top national and international bands on tour. The massive 2,300 capacity venue has seen the likes of Blur, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, The Stereophonics and The Stone Roses rock audiences before its renovation in 2007. Since then Kaiser Chiefs, All Time Low, Foals, Last Shadow Puppets, and Beady Eye among many others have performed to packed crowds - simply the best place to go in Yorkshire for the big names.

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