Music Venues in Leeds

Chris Horkan

Boasting a strong musical heritage – producing diverse artists such as Alt-J, Gang of Four, Kaiser Chiefs, The Sisters of Mercy, Scritti Politti, Soft Cell and The Wedding Present – Leeds has a wealth of music venues to match. From suburban social clubs and former textile mills to co-operatively run DIY spaces and its recently built arena, the city has plenty of exciting spaces to offer its young, outgoing population. We pick out a few of our favourites…

Here are our picks

  • 1. Brudenell Social Club

    Nicole Paciello

    Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen's Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY - Visit now

    Perhaps Leeds’ most beloved music venue, the Brudenell is a lively and fun-loving place that often hosts two shows simultaneously. The members-owned and run club often punches above its weight when it comes to booking household names, as well as interesting up-and-coming artists.

  • 2. Belgrave Music Hall

    Belgrave music hall Leeds
    Creative Tourist

    Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP - Visit now

    This music hall and canteen recently opened in the former site of Leeds Children’s Palace – a three-storey recreation hall and nursery school. As well as multiple bars, kitchens and a roof terrace, its 300-capacity event space plays hosts to the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Broken Social Scene and A Certain Ratio – plus plenty of rising stars.

  • 3. The Wardrobe

    The Wardrobe

    The Wardrobe, St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS9 8AH - Visit now

    Located in the city centre’s eastern Art Quarter, The Wardrobe features a bar and kitchen on its ground floor plus a cosy dedicated event space in the basement. Dance, jazz and world music regularly feature on The Wardrobe’s gig calendar, while the venue hosts popular club nights and comedy too.

  • 4. Wharf Chambers

    Wharf Chambers

    Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS2 7EQ - Visit now

    This workers’ co-operative encouraging potential event organisers to become members (at the cost of £1) in order to book its event space. This DIY approach means the venue’s calendar benefits from an exciting and diverse programme – with alternative acts including The Ex, DUDS, Damo Suzuki and Omni among recent bookings.

  • 5. Headrow House

    Headrow House

    Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU - Visit now

    This former textile mill in one of Leeds’ historic yards is a labyrinthine four-story venue that boasts three bars, a restaurant, three outdoor spaces and a 150-capacity event space. Given it’s relatively small size, it’s the ideal place to catch a new artist on the up.

  • 6. Howard Assembly Rooms

    Howard Assembly Rooms, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, Yorkshire, S1 6NU - Visit now

    This Victorian performance space has recently been restored to its former grandeur. Programmed by Opera North, it hosts non-opera concerts too – with Joan As Police Woman, The Handsome Family, Simone Felice and Bill Ryder-Jones all in the calendar for 2018.

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