Parklife: When Roundhay Park Went Pop

Alice Hiley
parklife: when Roundhay Park went pop
Roundhay Park by Peter Mills

26 April — 26 July 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

In Parklife: When Roundhay Park Went Pop, Dr Peter Mills explores Roundhay Park’s part in Leeds’ musical history through personal recollections, photos and objects.

Roundhay Park has played host to some of the more iconic pop and rock concerts in recent Leeds history, in addition to having a long musical heritage. Join Dr Peter Mills, senior lecturer in Media Communication Culture at Leeds Beckett University, for a recorded talk exploring how Roundhay went from a Victorian country park to a sought-after gig venue for some of the 80’s and 90’s most iconic artists and bands.

From Madonna to Genesis and Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones, Dr Peter Mills uses fascinating details including gig tickets, programmes and newspaper clippings to bring the legendary concerts to life. Charting the park’s history, from its opening to the public by Prince Arthur in 1872 to the modern day, Parklife: When Roundhay Park Went Pop is a fantastic summary of how music taste, performance styles, ticketing, crowd control and public opinion of music events and pop culture have changed in the past 150 years.

The talk was commissioned to tie in with Abbey House Museum’s 2020-21 exhibition Sounds Of Our City. The talk will go live on YouTube on the day of the event and will remain available to view until the end of July.

Sounds of Our City tells the story of how the different musical styles and places of Leeds interact. Various venues associated with the musical history of the city over the past 200 years have come together to put on in-person and online exhibitions. Discover fascinating instruments and sound equipment made in Leeds, and relive some of the most iconic performances hosted in the city. Celebrate forgotten women composers, tour music shops new and old and listen to interviews with key figures in Leeds’ musical culture.

26 April — 26 July 2021 Entrance is free Visit now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
26 April 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
27 April 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
28 April 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
29 April 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
30 April 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
1 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
2 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
3 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
4 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
5 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
6 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
7 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
8 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
9 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
10 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
11 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
12 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
13 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
14 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
15 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
16 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
17 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
18 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
19 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
20 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
21 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
22 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
23 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
24 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
25 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
26 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
27 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
28 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
29 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
30 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
31 May 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
1 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
2 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
3 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
4 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
5 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
6 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
7 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
8 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
9 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
10 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
11 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
12 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
13 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
14 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
15 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
16 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
17 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
18 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
19 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
20 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
21 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
22 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
23 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
24 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
25 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
26 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
27 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
28 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
29 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
30 June 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
1 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
2 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
3 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
4 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
5 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
6 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
7 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
8 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
9 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
10 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
11 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
12 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
13 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
14 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
15 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
16 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
17 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
18 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
19 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
20 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
21 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
22 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
23 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
24 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
25 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am
26 July 2021
6:30am — 12:00am

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