What to do in Leeds, March 2015


Abbie Gilbertson, our Accommodation Assistant at iQ Leeds, tells you the top things to do in Leeds this March...

If 2015 is flying away from you already and you still don’t have any plans on the horizon, fear not, we have rounded up what’s going on in Leeds this March in our first edition of our iQ Leeds monthly blog.

There’s always something to do in Leeds. Whether you’re an artsy alternative or a foodie at heart, from the latest club nights and sports fixtures to one-off shows, we’ve got it covered. So check out the options below to find out the best events taking place in Leeds during March 2015...

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With "foodie" just falling short of being crowned "Word of 2014", everyone seems to be documenting their recent food preferences. Post after post on Instagram, friends checking in to the newest food joints, social media is fast adding to our mid-morning tummy grumble.

Here in Leeds, foodies are spoilt for choice with our fast growing underground food market scene. First up, Brandon Night Market held in Leeds' very own abandoned warehouse turned nightclub Canal Mills. Offering the opportunity to discover a selection of independent food traders, cocktail vendors, guest ales and up and coming DJ’s. Held until late on the last Friday of the month, Brandon Night Market is one not to be missed.

But could the food market crown now be handed to the newly founded Belgrave Food Fest held at Leeds' newest alternative bar Belgrave Music Hall? This feast has taken Leeds by storm and firmly secured its place among Leeds’ food lovers. The monthly shindig offers three floors of local street food vendors, art, ales and music and has been branded by The Guardian as a real festival experience. Check it out this month on Saturday 14th from 11am – 8pm.

Finally we can’t ignore the original Leeds Dock Market. This longstanding dockside market boasts locally roasted coffee, enormous cakes, handmade gifts and fully stocked bar on the last weekend of each month. Located on Leeds Dock next to The Royal Armouries, you can grab some fresh air and a canal-side walk in the largely unknown area of the city.

Leeds is renowned for is originality and edgy student population. And what better way to entice our student foodies than a cereal café. Leeds is now home to the UK’s second cereal café, Moo’d, 59 Otley Road. With plenty of students nearby, they’ll likely be lining up for bowls of everything from Ricicles to Lucky Charms, with a massive choice of normal or flavored milks. These guys might just convince the masses that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, no matter when you have it.



Not sure what’s on in Leeds’ club scene this month? Get ready for some tunes that will see you partying until the early hours. Head to Projekt, the biggest student night in Leeds this year at the O2 Academy Saturday 21st for a night with a real star in the making, Spinnin' Records sensation Michael Calfan. His international hit 'Treasured Soul', as well as other productions will see the French DJ reach ultimate heights of the Dance music scene. Tickets are available from £5 on the venue website.

Mint always brags a massive line up and have not failed to disappoint this month. Kicking off on Thursday with their Mint Sessions, featuring SecondCity, Mark Fanculli and Solaris, this is looking huge with tickets on their third release already. Mint Sessions are also back later in the month with Josh Butler & Botan on Thursday 12th. System is back on Saturday 7th with Guti playing live and Nick Hopper. The end of the month sees Mint’s sister club Mint Warehouse play host to Hot Since 82 gracing the stage once again Saturday 14th. Second release is selling out as we speak.

The Warehouse more your scene? Their line up this month kicks off Saturday 7th with the return of Hot Flush, fronted by head honcho Scuba and flanked by best of British winners Dense & Pika, alongside Locked Groove it has all the ingredients to be the stand out show of the term. The last Hot Flush sold out well in advance and this one looks to be no different. Their month peaks on Saturday 21st March with Bigger Than Barry, Mistajam, Stormzy (Live), Novelist & The Square, Logan Sama, Slimzee & Amy Becker. Tickets are selling like hot cakes and onto second release already, don’t miss out!




No one will admit it, but Leeds made them edgy, and here’s why. Alternative venues have been popping up all around Leeds recently. From Belgrave Music Hall to Black Swan, Leeds has got your metaphorical hair and top knotted it. But what’s going off in March?

The O2 Academy Leeds are always on trend and are boasting music new boys Kodaline. The Dublin quartet are stopping off in Leeds Sunday 15th on the UK leg of their massive tour. Tickets are selling fast, book ASAP to not miss out, even my Dad’s going! The O2’s second offering comes from one of 2014’s biggest break-through acts Catfish and The Bottlemen. Their tour is majorly sold out now after their sensation on Radio 1’s Live Lounge, get yours if you’re lucky!

One of Leeds' better kept secret venues, The Wardrobe is putting itself out there this month breaking its norm of underground artists for some bigger names. Wednesday 11th sees the famous Andy Jordan who has starred on reality TV series Made In Chelsea play his own material. Tickets are available from seetickets for £14. Next, Roberto Stuart da Cunha Lima also known by his stage name Hobbie Stuart, British singer-songwriter from Brighton, and boy-turned-YouTube-sensation joins us Saturday 14th. Tickets are as little as £8 and this guy really is going to be huge one day.

If you’re more underground than that the only place for you is Brudenell Social Club. Situated in the heart of Hyde Park just up the road from us here at iQ Leeds, this lively and fun loving venue embraces music and art under a wide and diverse umbrella. Its open music policy believes in the freedom and creation of music and holds the belief that music and expression provide useful social interaction. Most famous for hosting topsecret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the our Yorkshire homeboys Kaiser Chiefs, it has become the heart of the Leeds music scene for a number of years, and hosts gigs most nights of the week. If this sounds up your street check out the website for all its March line up. There are way too many to mention but you will not be disappointed.

If live music isn’t your inner hipster calling this month, maybe you need some new threads? Leeds is famous for its capacity to attract vintage shop after vintage shop here in the city, but what’s new? ...Vintage fairs. Welcoming the spring in style the UK’s largest vintage fair returns to their hometown of Leeds for a huge free vintage fair at the Corn ExchangeLeeds Affordable Vintage Fair is back Saturday 14th to sort us all out with this season’s oldest new style.

If you haven’t got your fill of vintage gear on Saturday, head down to The Leeds Club on Sunday 15th for their Leeds Does Vintage Fair. The vintage stallholders are hand-picked and offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience with each one bringing their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia. As well as the fabulous vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour, armed with rouge and heated rollers, ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much more! There really is something for everyone.



For those who have a heavier taste, we have an exciting line up of bands taking over our favourite venues this March. The O2 Academy Leeds are boasting a massive line up this month starting Sunday 8th with Europe teaming up with old friends Black Star Riders for their huge UK tour. With both bands promising new albums in Spring 2015, this promises to be a big one.

The second week of March kicks off on Monday 9th with Placebo touring their critically acclaimed 7th studio album 'Loud Like Love'. They have now survived nearly 20 years of love, hate, blood, sweat, tears, break ups and harmony, while toting up over 1 million album sales in the UK, and over 12 million worldwide. And they're still going strong. The week closes on Saturday 14th with the academy playing host to Yellowcard and Less Than Jake and their first ever co-headline tour.

Closing March for the O2 sees American four piece rock ‘n’ roll band Rival Sons stop by on Saturday 28th on the UK leg of their European tour. Tickets for all O2 shows are available via their website.

Leeds University didn’t want to miss out this month and have snapped up and coming party metal band Attila after the closure of The Cockpit over summer. The gig will be held in their intimate venue the Old Bar, Tuesday 3rd. Tickets are still available from seetickets.

If student living is taking its toll on you this month and budget’s tight, Bierkeller offer an alternative night with Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo every Tuesday night from 8pm. £2 pints. £4 steins. Bingo! What’s not to love?




Attention sports fans! Leeds is home to many great sporting teams, but have you seen any play in the time you’ve been here?

Fresh from their 2014 Challenge Cup victory, Leeds Rhinos are on good form this season. With their home ground located just up the road from iQ Leeds in Headingley and student ticket offers from just £13 each week, why not spend a Friday night differently?

If football is more your calling, Leeds United fill out Elland Road each week. Student concession tickets are available for as little as £21. Would you rather be involved? Leeds University Union are holding a Football Fundraiser on Friday 13th between 7pm – 9pm.

If staying active is your thing but you don’t know which activity is for you, Leeds University Union offer around 200 Give It A Go events and sessions that give you the opportunity to make new friends and get a taste of what their clubs and societies do. From windsurfing to henna art they have it covered!

Leeds University Union are also proud to advertise their Charity Golf Day on Sunday 8th in aid of The Richard Mayne Foundation. Held at the Championship Wike Ridge Golf Course at Leeds Golf Centre, this is a great chance to contribute to an awesome charity - providing funding for diabetic children in the Leicestershire area, giving them the chance to experience some of the same adventurous and exciting activities which Richard carried out throughout his life.




With the birth of Leeds Direct Area, West Yorkshire has been put on the map for live shows. Pop fans can rejoice at the pop royalty joining us during the month of March, kicking off on Saturday 7th with a visit from the X Factor Tour. With the likes of Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Andrea Faustini all booked in this is looking to be a pop lover’s dream.

The party continues with everyone’s favourite old/new boyband, McBusted joining us on Wednesday 18th for a night of mischief and mayhem. With the excitement of their 2014 jaw-dropping arena tour still ringing in fans’ ears, and almost exactly one year on from their formation, McBusted announce their return to the live stage in spring 2015.

The month is topped off for the arena with the privilege of hosting the UK’s Best British Female Paloma Faith on Friday 20th. Paloma collected her first Brit award in February’s ceremony in the quirky way only she knows how. With her tour almost completely sold out, will you be one of the lucky fans seeing her?

The O2 Academy always have something for everyone and are also offering up and coming Kiesza on her first nationwide tour. Tickets are available from their website for just £17, for Friday 20th March.




Why not kick off the month with a spot of culture by heading over to Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House where the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Riley Theatre will be performing their rendition of Romeo & Juliet. With dates scattered throughout the month, this timeless ballet is aimed at a more modern audience. Tickets are available from as little as £10 from the venue's website.

Still not enough culture? Head over to Yorkshire Dance on Tuesday 24th for a night of contemporary dance portraying Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird. This utterly enchanting and enthralling production from London's award-winning Regent's Park Theatre captures the warmth and poignancy of this best-loved classic with genuine heart and emotional depth. A story as moving and magical as you could ever hope to find.

Need a tasteful drink after all that culture? Cocktail in the City is headed to Leeds Town Hall Thursday 26th. Advertised as an interactive evening of cocktail making with your city's finest bars, mixed together with up and coming DJs and fantastic food. Tickets are on sale from eventbrite and are in short supply, don’t miss out!




If comedy is your passion, Leeds knows how to have a laugh. With renowned comedians visiting the city as well as local talent displays at intimate comedy shows, Leeds has got it this month.

March begins at The Fenton with its Discount Comedy Checkout Improvisation Comedy Show on Saturday 7th. A night of improv, character comedy, competitions and sketches, tickets are available from just £5, don’t miss out!

Sunday 15th sees The Marriot Hotel host its Charity Comedian Bonanza in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Four comedians booked and tickets are priced at just £11 guaranteeing a night of laughter for a very good cause.

Wednesday 25th is proving to be a massive night for the Leeds comedy scene with both comic legends John Bishop and Dara O Briain hosting shows across the city. City Varieties Music Hall plays host to our favourite scouser John Bishop on his Supersonic 2015 UK tour. Tickets are available from £26 for this one off night. Across town in their sister venue Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House, Dara O Briain will be making people laugh for the second night of his three night stop in Yorkshire. Tickets are available from £24 on the venue website. I wonder if they’ll go for a pint together after?



Feeling random this month? From Zombies to the Simpsons, here’s a compilation of events that just could not be categorised...

Grab your glow sticks on Thursday 19th and help the Leeds Festival of Science celebrate its 10th birthday in style with an evening of science themed events – a Science Ceilidh, comedy show, science spoken word and other science surprises! Tickets are £7 and can be purchased from Leeds Tickets.

Everyone knows that The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows in television history, but few know that its gang of mathematically-gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, pi to game theory and infinitesimals to infinity. Why not check out this mini lecture on Wednesday 25th where Simon Singh discusses his latest book and explores the mathematical ideas that have been smuggled into The Simpsons. Tickets are free but spaces need to be reserved please e-mail Alan from the Yorkshire Branch of the Maths Association.

If its the undead that get your juices flowing, join one of the Theoretical Zombiologists at Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre at Leeds University Thursday 26th as they put you at the heart of a hypothetical Zombieism outbreak and teach you what to do when the inevitable Zombie pandemic occurs. Certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, the tutorial features a multi-media presentation, practical demonstrations and audience participation. Tickets are available from the University website.



Check back this time next month for a look at what’s going on this April in Leeds!

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