Music Venues in Bradford

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

As with most of the North, Bradfordians love a good gig, whether it’s a big name touring or a local tribute act, if the time and place are right you can guarantee an enigmatic atmosphere. As a city without an arena, Bradford has the benefit of more intimate gig spaces. You can often catch large 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 have been providing a plethora of live bands and club nights to Bradford’s nightlife. Both of 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 a night, 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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Here are our picks

  • 1. St George’s Hall, Bradford

    St George's Hall
    Courtesy of Bradford Theatres

    St George’s Hall, Bradford, Bridge Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1JT - Visit now

    Bradfords flagship music venue, St Georges Hall has been bring the best touring talent to Bradford since the 19th Century. 

  • 2. The Underground

    the underground
    Courtesy of The Underground

    The Underground, 9 Duke Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3QR - Visit now

    The Underground Bradford opened its doors in 2016 and has since been bringing the best of rock, indie, pop and big nights to the Bradfordians. 

  • 3. Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue

    black dyke mills
    Courtesy of Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue

    Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue, Brighouse Road, Queensbury, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 1QA - Visit now

    The Black Dyke 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. 

  • 4. Fuse Art Space

    fuse
    Fuse Art Space

    Fuse Art Space, 7 Rawson Place, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3JP - Visit now

    Fuse is a new and exciting venue where multidisciplinary art forms meet a full spectrum of live performance, this dynamic space is broadening the artistic minds of Bradford and beyond. 

  • 5. Nightrain

    Nightrain
    Courtesy of Nightrain

    Nightrain, 7-19 Queensgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1RB - Visit now

    Nightrain is a rock bar and live music venue in the heart of Bradford City centre, Live music can be enjoyed every weekend, along with jukebox, pool and darts.