As with most of the North, Bradfordians love a good gig, whether it’s a big name touring or a local tribute act – and if the time and place are right, you can guarantee an incredible atmosphere. As a city without an arena, Bradford has the benefit of more intimate gig spaces. You can often catch household names on tour in a cosier venue, making for a more personal experience. We’ve rounded up some of our recommended music venues in Bradford to help inform your night out.
Quirky spaces where you can easily find local talent and a good pint
St. George’s Hall is the go to place for big names in the city centre; over the years the venue has hosted all number of acts from the Orchestra of Opera North and David Bowie, to Mumford and Sons and Paul Weller. The Hall refuses to be defined by genre or style and has recently undergone a new refurbishment, readying its doors to open again post lockdown.
As the new arrival to Bradford, Fuse is a multidisciplinary arts space where amongst live music you can also catch film screenings, live art and DJ sets. It’s the place where you’ll see new music, new voices in the DJ world and acts you’d usually find on the festival circuit. In contrast, Nightrain and the Underground both provide a plethora of live bands and club nights to Bradford’s nightlife. These quirky spaces are somewhere you can easily find local talent and a good pint – everything you’d want from a quality Yorkshire night out.
If you’re keen to leave the city for an evening, Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue is a small slice of calm in the nearby town of Queensbury. This converted Mill Floor is the DIY venue of dreams, with a regular selection of touring folk acts and an ethos for promoting contemporary song writing,. You can sink into one of their sofas with a local pint and homemade baking whilst letting the music wash over you.
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Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue, Brighouse Road, Queensbury, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 1QA - Visit now
The Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue is an exciting community space where you can see live music, exhibitions and events. Run by the community for the community, it’s the closest a venue will feel to someone’s front room.
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