What to do in Leeds, April 2015

31/03/2015
 
 
Spring has finally sprung here in Leeds and summer is on its way. April sees the start of the Bank Holiday season giving us all a good excuse to look for that cheeky Sunday beverage.
 
So, whether you’re looking for the biggest Bank Holiday party or latest chilled yoga session, here’s what’s on this April in your favourite adopted hometown.
 
Click on your favourite section below or scroll down to read it all...
 

CLUBBERS

HIPSTERS

ROCKERS

SPORTS FANS

POP FANS

ARTSY

JOKERS

RANDOM

 

 

FOODIES

If food is more than mere body fuel to you - something to be hashtagged, blogged, shared or simply the highlight of your day, then rejoice!  April sees the birth and return of some great food joints in and around Leeds.
 
How about some of your favourite monthly food markets set in a warmer Yorkshire climate? Fri 24th welcomes back Brandon Night Market down at Canal Mills. As mentioned in March’s BBC Good Food Magazine, last month’s market went down a treat.  With live music and art, freshly-made cocktails, guest craft ales and visiting street food vendors, this month's festival is shaping up nicely!
 
Then there's the beloved newcomer that is Belgrave Food Fest, representing Belgrave Music Hall on Sat 11th April. You can always rely on Belgrave to bring the best food, and they are also playing host to Belgrave Pie & Cider Festival on Easter Sunday. Boasting over 30 varieties of cider, 20 different ales and beers and 50 different varieties of pie, this is not one to be missed by pastry and pint lovers! With the warm weather threatening to stay, Belgrave’s cosy rooftop garden is the perfect place to escape those dissertation worries, kick back with some good food and good company in a shed on a roof. Only in Leeds.
 
Leeds Dock Market also returns the on the 25th/26th of this month, giving us a great excuse to enjoy some fresh spring air down by the canal in one of the most underrated areas of the city.
 
Anyone ventured down to Leeds Trinity Kitchen while on their retail travels?  Located on the first floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, it's street vendor meets world food. Pizza, burgers, fish and chips ...you name it, they have it covered. And here’s which lucky new vendors are heading up the lineup this season: The Bell and Brisket, Baba G’s Bhangra Burger, Pembermans and Northern Bloc. If that’s not temptation enough, check out Trinity Kitchen on Instagram with the hashtag #trinitykitchen for more mouthwatering propaganda.   
 
First it’s specialist cereal cafés, now it's desserts on delivery! What will Leeds think of next to support the eccentric late night eating habits of its edgy student population? Daddy Cool Ice Cream is the latest craze to be taken on by Leeds following its success with our neighbours in Sheffield. Late night Nisa runs are a thing of the past. Located just up the road from us here at iQ, delivering only the finest handmade ice cream, cakes, cookies and pretty much any other delicious American food you could dream up well into the early hours. Students - your prayers have been answered.
 

CLUBBERS

For those of you who hear the words "Bank Holiday" and immediately plan your four day party, here’s a roundup of what’s going on this month on Leeds Club scene to help you avoid any FOMO feelings.
 
Bank Holiday is not official in Leeds until there's a Courtyard Party. The infamous all-day session will be located in the courtyard between Fibre and Queens Court. With the likes of Dale Castell, Stuart Robinson, Tom Frost, Glen Battensby, Ryan Yates, Luke Tibble and Habbo Fox, this is sure to be a sellout again. Be sure to get there before 4pm when the £5 entry goes up to £8.
 
Mint always brags a massive line up on a Bank Holiday and have not disappointed this time. Kicking off on Thursday 2nd April with Nick Curly presenting Trust. Featuring DJ sets from himself, Bella Sarris and Jack Wickham start the weekend in style. Sunday 5th sees Prism x,Mint sessions present Denney and Maxxi Soundsystem take to the stage till the early hours, 
 
Beaver Works are doing their Bank Holiday Sunday big with their Insomni-Fest Festival boasting their biggest line-up to date while celebrating their 4th birthday in Leeds. Heading up 20 acts including the likes of chart topper Philip George, Sirus Hood, Arun Verone, Thee Cool Cats and much more. At just £10 for early bird tickets this is shaping up to be the event of the week.
 
The Warehouse are going B-Hol big hosting their Shine Easter Sunday event. Headlining the bill is US house legend and New York producer, DJ Todd Terry with support from CJ Mackintosh, Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright and Marshall. Shine's Easter weekend is sure to go down as a memorable Bank Holiday occasion. First and second release have already sold out and the final release is selling fast as we speak so get yours now!
 
Happy 7th Birthday to Candypants! Come and celebrate with them on Sunday 5th down at Oracle. Located on the banks of the canal over by Granary Wharf, prepare for a night of Marbella Memories. Tickets from Skiddle.
 
The final contender for Sunday's slot goes to The Backroom who are hosting their very own 1920’s Flappers & Dappers night. Sticking with the glamorous style, they’re celebrating the finer things in life with the first section of their 3-part bank holiday series. Harking back to the days of the roaring twenties, they aim to offer their guests the chance to step back in time and enjoy first hand a decade more sumptuous than any movie can portray. Guest list is available here.
 
If any of that student loan still resides in your account after the first Bank Holiday off the year, head to Projekt, the biggest student night in Leeds this year as the O2 Academy Present Don Diablo on Saturday 18th. One of the largest names in Dance music, The Don Comes to Leeds. Within the last twelve months Don dropped dancefloor bombs on prolific record labels. After scoring multiple top 10 hits on Beatport with records like "AnyTime", "Starlight" and "Knight Time" he also became an in-demand remixer. His current portfolio includes names like Ed Sheeran, Jessie J & 2 Chainz, Gorillaz, Chemical Brothers and many others. Tickets are available from TicketArena.
 
Fresh from the London music scene, super brand Audiowhore travel to Leeds for the first time with a mouthwatering lineup of Deep & Tech House music Sat 18th. Leading the way with his impeccable productions, Dennis Ferrer heads up the lineup. As someone who is never content to do the same thing twice, it's clear that he'll be staying on top for years to come. With early bird sold out and first release selling like hotcakes don’t miss out! Get yours here.
 
Beats is back, Voodoo’s RnB night at Oracle. Get down to see DJ Russke on Thursday 23rd, one of the biggest DJs in the UK at the moment with over 20 million plays on his SoundCloud. Last time Russke graced the decks at Oracle, the place was bouncing from start to finish. Tickets are available here.
 
Summer is kicking off down at Beaver Works on Saturday 24th with Flux, an exciting all day/night celebration of the thriving culture and creative scene in Leeds. They'll be showcasing some of the finest food, music and art they have to offer. Over 30 DJs, five live bands, quality street food and vinyl/art exhibitions this is 16 hours you don’t want to miss. On its 5th release now, don’t be disappointed and get yours here.
 
Closing the month sees Canal Mills hosting one of their last events of the season, welcoming back Black Butter Records to host a massive night of DJ royalty. Fresh off the back of their extensive US tour, Gorgon City land back with us to headline. They’ll be supported by UK house heavyweight Huxley, alongside Kidnap Kid, Applebottom, and an exclusive live set from Sam Sure. Don’t miss this all-nighter with tickets on sale from just £15. 
 
 

HIPSTERS

A one for all you edgy folk of Leeds, here are some alternative and unconventional acts taking place this month in ‘Little London’.
 
Well known as the heart of the Leeds music scene, hosting gigs most nights of the week, the Brudenell Social Club is often a popular haunt for those of any alternative music taste. Kicking off on the 1st of the month hosting She Makes War, Bristol Born Laura Kidd is showcasing her grungy indie pop sound in the Games Room of the club. If this scene sounds up your street check out the website for its full April line-up. There are way too many to mention but you will not be disappointed.
 
While nestled in the heart of Call Lane, Oporto are offering some indie tunes to finish off your Bank Holiday in style with Double Denim Live and Dead Young presenting an all-day event on Monday 6th April. There'll be music from the likes of Treason Kings, Fizzy Blood, Pink Cigar, Neon Dolls, Almanacs, Munich - Band, Victors, The Contravenes and The Strawberries. Advance tickets are a steal at just £5. You might spot the next big band before they blow up.
 
Belgrave Music Hall are always on trend and are boasting music from Wolverhampton born Scott Matthews on Tuesday 14th. And Hifi Club are throwing their hat in the ring this month by hosting Electric Wire Hustle. Having received BBC Radio support from Gilles Peterson and Benji B, the band are going from strength to strength. Preview some of their music here before joining on Sunday 19th April for a live sample.
 
Quirky little bar Nation of Shopkeepers are hosting another night brought to you by This Feeling after the success of their UK tour and March date on Friday 24th. They'll be bringing you live music from the likes of The Bullet Bomb and Clay plus DJs until 3am. Tickets are priced at £5 advance or £6 on the door and they are even giving Free Jack Daniels and coke to the first 50 lucky people through the door.
 
Finally let’s all take a quiet moment to pay tribute to the one, the only, Fab Café. Yes, as most of you have heard, Fab Cafe Leeds are opening their doors at 46 Woodhouse Lane for the very last time on the Saturday 11th April. We are all invited to possibly the biggest party Fab Leeds has ever thrown, their Closing Down Party. It is their aim to give us one last chance to pull some mad shapes on the dancefloor, get all kinds of crazy and just generally have an awesome time. Come on folks, let’s show them how it’s done.
 

ROCKERS

Rockers Unite! For those with music taste that makes your flatmates question your friendship, here’s what we have lined up for you this April in Leeds.
 
Kicking off the month in style we have Oozing Wound down at the Key Club on Wednesday 1st. Don’t let the name scare you, the three piece Chicago-born metal rockers just want to get Europe going with their metal rock sound. Hidden In Plain View follow them up on Thursday 2nd with their 2015 European tour in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their debut album. Having broken up and reformed for your guys it would be rude not to pop down and show your support! Saturday 4th April sees Buckinghamshire and London based boys Young Guns take the stage. Don’t forget every rocker's favourite club nights - Slam Dunk (on Tuesdays) and Fuel (on Fridays) at the venue too. Full listings of their full roster for this month along with tickets are available on the Key Club’s website.
 
The O2 Academy Leeds hosts two of the most exciting and compelling forces on the metal music scene at the moment. Friday 3rd welcomes Sleeping with Sirens & Pierce the Veil as they spin across the globe with ‘The World Tour’, With the majority of tickets selling out in the first week, this is looking to be one of the O2’s busiest gigs of the year. Grab any last minute tickets from their website, quick! 
 
Bank Holiday weekend also sees Belgrave host Brooklyn boys A Place to Bury Strangers, with their psychedelic rock sound bringing us some new sounds from their new album Tranfixiation. Tickets are available from as little as £9, get yourself down there and rock out on Good Friday. 
 
Itching for the festival season? Can’t wait until then? Head down to Wharf Chambers this Bank Holiday Sat and Sun for a taste of summer with StrangeForms, a two-day mini festival featuring 16 math rock, post metal and rock bands. Tickets are just £15! This is a bargain of a festival to get you warmed up for summer.
 
Leeds University again didn’t want to miss out and have bagged two great bands this April. First, Californian Indie band The Airborne Toxic Event visit us to promote their recently released album ‘Dope Machines’ on Thursday 16th. They are followed by Grimsby based rockers The Brew on Thursday 23rd April. Tickets are available from LeedsTickets
 

 

SPORTS FANS

Attention sports fans! Here’s a nice little roundup of all the sports action happening in and around Leeds this month...
 
Leeds Rhinos are on top form this season sitting top of the Super League Table going into April. Rhinos are hosting bottom-of-the-league Wakefield Wildcats on Easter Monday at 3pm which could be considered a nice warm up to the Warrington Wolves game on Friday 24th who are hot on the tails of the Rhinos sitting in 4th. Tickets for both games are available from their website and they are offering great student ticket offers.
 
If it’s the Yorkshire Whites that have stolen your adopted team spot, Leeds United are hosting three home games this month; mid-table Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 4th, Cardiff United on Saturday 11th and playoff spot hopefuls Norwich City on Tuesday 14th. Student concession tickets are available for as little as £21. Flush football fans can also indulge in a night with one of football’s most respected players Vinnie Jones at the Queens Hotel Thursday 30th. Tickets start from £65 and are available from Skiddle.
 
Spot of golf? Well established recreational bar Roxy Ballroom sees the extension of its roster of common-room-like activities with the addition of crazy golf in addition to their beer pong, pool and ping pong facilities. Bring out your competitive side with this American-style graffiti hang out just off Boar Lane in Leeds Centre. Listen out for the cry of four as you make your way around their 9 holes of madness. Taking 19 shots on their 4th hole was not my finest hour... Tiger can sleep safe.
 
Fresh from the drama of Wrestlemania, WWE Live is back at our very own Arena! Fans will be able to see their favourite WWE stars and divas live, with big names such as John Cena, The Big Show, Sheamus and many more! Exclusive matches in Leeds include Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett in a Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship. Tickets are on sale from Eventim from as little as £25. Get yours now!
 
If boxing is your passion Leeds is really treating you this month. Leeds Direct Arena is hosting Matchroom Boxing Championship on Saturday 11th April. Josh Warrington will face Dennis Tubieron in an official eliminator for the WBC World Featherweight title live on Sky Sports. Tickets are selling fast! Get your tickets from Eventim.
 
After all that combat what better way to relax than with a spot of yoga? Thursdays at Belgrave sees your lunch hour transformed with a Yoga Lunchbox to see you through the afternoon. Combat all those hours hunched at your desk with this upbeat lunchtime workout. There's a free slice of gourmet pizza after, so that’s lunch taken care of too.

 

POP FANS

 

Is pop your passion? Here’s a round-up of some of the A-list artists playing Yorkshire this April!
 
Queen of pop Nicki Minaj graces us with her presence at Leeds Direct Arena on Thursday 9th on the UK leg of her The Pinkprint Tour. Pictures emerging on social media show Miss Minaj wowing crowds with both her voice and her wardrobe choices across the globe. Tickets are still available online from Eventim, get yours and prepare for a night to release your inner diva!
 
The Arena also plays host to everyone’s favourite cheeky chap, Olly Murs, on Monday 20th April on his Never Been Better Tour. Olly has gone from strength to strength since graduating from XFactor and is following up his recently same titled UK number 1 album with a visit to us here in Leeds. Tickets are still available from Eventim.
 
The month is topped off for the Arena with a return visit from singer-songwriter Ben Howard on the UK leg of his I Forget Where We Were Tour on Thursday 23rd. Following a busy few years for Ben - including winning two Brit Awards in 2013, taking both awards he was nominated for, Best Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist as well as releasing his recent UK number 1 album in 2014 - he is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us here in Leeds. Tickets are available from Eventim.
 
The party continues with everyone’s favourite old/new boyband, Five joining us at the O2 Academy Leeds on Sunday 19th for a night of old school pop. Come and relive those 90s years with the newly reformed boy band as they embark on their comeback tour here in Leeds. Tickets are available from the Academy website.
 
It’s a hat-trick for Xfactor graduates this month as both Joe McElderry and Luke Friend join us and Olly in good old West Yorkshire. The Theatre Royal in Wakefield plays host to the cute Geordie boy Joe on Thursday 23rd, tickets are available from Eventim. And right on our doorstep Leeds Student Union hosts newbie Luke on his first UK tour. Ttickets are as little as £13, get yours from Leeds Tickets.
 

ARTSY

 

Why not kick off the month with a spot of culture by heading over to Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House where Bill Kenwright presents Twelve Angry Men. Fresh from its the record breaking West End run, this new production brings to the stage the taut brilliance of the 1957 three-time Academy Award-nominated film. Tickets are available from the Theatre’s website.
 
More culture? Head over to Carriageworks Theatre on the 9th or 10th April as Big Red Curtain presents Does Your Mother Know? A musical journey featuring the music of ABBA. One of many of the great productions they have on this month, check out their website for tickets and full listings.
 
West Yorkshire Playhouse are offering up Northern Broadsides’ take on Shakespeare’s King Lear, with dates scattered throughout the month. If you've seen King Lear before, forget everything you know as Sir Jonathan Miller brings his remarkable talent for detailed human observation to the play. You will see it in a whole new light. Tickets are available from their website.
 
April also sees the return of Leeds’ annual Leeds Young Film Festival, bringing the classics to the youth of today. LYFF 2015 sees screenings of our favourite films, Edward Scissor Hands, Back to the Future, The Witches, all shown on the big screen again. With venues spread out around Leeds including Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Town Hall and Everyman Leeds this is shaping up to be a great few weeks.
 
Feeling arty this month? Here’s something a bit different... Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School down at Belgrave Music Hall. Aiming to bring you life drawing events with a difference, there are bizarre themes, prizes, crazy cabaret and burlesque all in store. No artistic ability needed, just plenty of pens, paper and humour.
 
If you’d rather admire a different type of art this bank holiday, why not pop over to Leeds’ Craft Centre and Design Gallery to see ‘A Walk in the Park’ with their range of contemporary jewellery. Drawing inspiration from the great outdoors, 10 British designers give us their take on nature through the medium of some fine jewellery.
 
 

JOKERS

 

Looking for a laugh? Leeds' up and coming comedy scene does not disappoint this April with a number of comedy nights at some of your favourite venues.
 
Well-known big dog of the comedy world Jason Manford, begins his first Leeds-based Comedy Club over at Pryzm nightclub. Hosted by his brother Colin, already a big name himself in the comedy world, this is set to take the Leeds comedy scene up a notch. Opening weekly on Fridays and Saturdays, tickets are available from Pryzm website at around £15. Jason has also promised he will pay us a visit in the near future, come down and keep your eyes peeled!
 
Never doubt Belgrave getting things on trend as they join the comedy train by hosting Sitting Room Comedy Club on Thursday 9th April. Showcasing the likes of Mike Gunn, Mick Ferry, Jonny Pelham and Danny Deegan this is shaping up to be a sidesplitting night.
 
Good old city favorites, Discount Comedy Checkout Improvisation Comedy Show continue their reign at The Fenton Sat 4th with their night of improv, character comedy, competitions and sketches.. Tickets are available from just £4 from Skiddle. Hifi Club also continue to host their Saturday Comedy Sessions (est. 2001) weekly from 8pm, promising quality stand-up from around the globe! Tickets are available from TicketWeb.
 
One-offs this month include the City Varieties Music Hall treating us to the multi award-winning Dave Spikey, one of the most sought-after comic talents in the UK today on Thursday 2nd. And fresh from his appearance on the XFactor comedy genius Lee Nelson appears on Friday 10th. Tickets are available from the Music Hall’s website.
 
Local shows include a monthly contribution from Original Oak, just down the road in Headingley with their House of Fun Comedy show on Friday 24th. Boasting a large hall of fame of past guests this long standing comedy show really know how to spot fresh talent. Come down to see the future royalty of comedy doing their thing. Tickets are available from TicketWeb for as little as £8, bargain!
 
 

RANDOM

Fancy something different this month? Here’s a compilation of events that just could not be categorised...
 
Mood Swings are back to reap mayhem and unleash the frequencies we all yearn to loose ourselves in! The theme of madness this month is 'Corrupt Cabaret', think along the lines of Trash City, 1920's, Burlesque, Moulin Rouge & a snazzy black and red colour scheme. Beaver Works plays host to a large variety of bands, DJs, mixed media artists, mind bending visuals, whacky walkabout performers, fire performers, independent stalls and obscene décor. If this sounds like your cup of tea, tickets are available from Skiddle from £5. A little to pay for a lot of madness.
 
Belgrave are nothing if not random and again find themselves ‘uncatergorisable’ with some of their lineup this month... Why not come down to ‘Hey!’ a mini-conference talking business, design and technology on Tuesday 7th? 
 
More random you say? Try The Found Footage Festival at Belgrave. The acclaimed showcase of videos found at thrift stores and charity shops across North America returns to the UK with a brand-new show celebrating the unsung hero of the VHS era: the weirdo. Audiences are taken on a guided tour of their greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. Monday 20th, £10. 
 
 
 
Check back this time next month for a look at what’s going on this May in Leeds!
 
 
 
 
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