"Leeds is a city boasting gigs, clubs and concerts galore."
Leeds is a city boasting gigs, clubs and concerts galore. Here are some of the best music spots, whatever your personal preference...
The Hifi Club
An intimate music venue, The HiFi Club hosts a broad range of live music acts, from indie and rock to hip-hop and jazz. It has a really friendly, laid-back atmosphere, and an emphasis on quality music and drinks that makes it well worth a visit.
Situated in the arches beneath the city's train station, The Cockpit is a Leeds institution, with top-name gigs as well as four well-established club nights. The likes of The White Stripes, The Killers and Ellie Goulding have all graced the stage, so it's worth checking out who's playing soon.
Located in the impressive old Coliseum (first opened in 1885 as a concert hall before subsequent conversions into a theatre, cinema and TV studio), the O2 Academy is a versatile space that hosts big-name musicians throughout the year. MGMT, Ocean Colour Scene and Groove Armada are all lined up to perform here this coming autumn.
Quench your thirst at one of Leeds' many great drinking holes...
The Wardrobe, 6 St Peter's Square
Not just a bar, The Wardrobe bills itself as a restaurant, coffee house, club and live music venue in one. However, this potential identity crisis doesn't really matter with its cool, relaxed vibe and friendly staff. A comprehensive cocktail menu will keep most people more than entertained, and its proximity to the West Yorkshire Playhouse makes it the perfect spot for pre- or post-theatre drinks.
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 27-37 Cookridge Street
With a young and uber-cool clientele, A Nation of Shopkeepers is a large bar in the centre of Leeds that sits perfectly within the current trend for quirky, retro spaces where granddad cardigans and NHS glasses are king. Expect quirky art, loud music and beautiful people.
North Bar, 24 New Briggate
With a truly comprehensive selection of beers - routinely more than 70 at any one time - this is the place for fans of all things hop. Cosy and kitsch without being over-thought, North Bar is all about the ambience and attitude, and is the ideal place to chill out with a pint.
Alternative after dark
Looking for something a bit different? Here's where to head...
The Birdcage, 52-54 Boar Lane
Billing itself as a unique nightclub and cabaret experience, The Birdcage specialises in a party atmosphere. With drag queens, dancing boys and showgirls making sure your night is a feather-filled triumph, there's a different stage extravaganza every 45 minutes throughout the night. In-between you'll be treated to classic tunes from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond, so pack your sequins and dancing shoes.
Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road
Opened just after the outbreak of war in 1914, the Hyde Park Picture House claimed to be 'the cosiest in Leeds' and lives true to the claim still. Showing a range of art-house films you won't find in your local multi-screen, pop in for a dose of comfy culture in a Grade II-listed building complete with original features.
Comedy at The Highlight, Albion Street
Leeds' comedy scene is a growing one, and The Highlight attracts some of the bigger names on the circuit guaranteeing you a night full of inane grinning and light-hearted entertainment. Worth booking in advance, the venue turns into a club after the comedy so you can dance until the small hours.