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Five best live music venues in Leeds

Which five live music venues in Leeds will guarantee you the best night out.

Five best live music venues in Leeds

Leeds has the fourth largest student population in the country, and as a result has developed a vibrant and exciting nightlife. From bars to clubs to restaurants, Leeds has it all, but which live music venues are you missing out on?

The Belgrave Music Hall

The Belgrave Music Hall first opened in 1934 in the cities Northern Quarter as a nursery school and recreational hall.

The beautiful building has since been renovated and brought back to life, surrounded by the independent shops and cafes of the city’s Northern Quarter that are guaranteed to make your night.

The 200 capacity event space helps cultivate that intimate show feeling that so many strive to achieve. If that gets too overwhelming, the roof terrace has stunning views and the bar can provide delicious cask ales and frozen cocktails. 

The O2 Leeds Academy

The o2 Leeds Academy was originally opened in 1885 by Prince Albert himself, then known as the Coliseum it was home to an array of theatre, political meetings and circuses.

In 2008 the venue reopened with a sold-out show by the Kaiser Chiefs and was skyrocketed back into its former glory.

Inside the venue boasts three separate rooms for shows, the largest a 2300 capacity space, a 500 capacity balcony for outdoor shows as well as small basement room for 400 people. 

Brudenell Social Club

Brudenell Social Club, known locally as the Brude or Brud, is a century old venue situated just outside the centre of Leeds.

Known for their variety of music shows, Brudenell Social Club discriminate against no genre or musician. They were made by famous by hosting secret gigs of Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, turning themselves into the focal point of the Leeds music scene.

At only 400 capacity, the venue was shortlisted by NME for Britain’s Best Small Venue in 2011, 2012 and 2015, proving that they know how to put on good shows. 

The Key Club

Home to rock music in the centre of Leeds is The Key Club, the only solely rock venue.

Close by to some of the hottest bars in the Leeds party scene, The Key Club makes the perfect spot to spend your night, listening to some of the best rock music in the city.

A capacity of 300 brings you closer to the performers, allowing you to fully enjoy the show and experience everything.

The Warehouse

A Leeds legend, The Warehouse has been hosting live music since the late 70s.

Bands, DJs and solo act stars have all spent time on their stage, from Oasis to Stone Roses and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Today the venue frequently hosts large one-off specials and nightlong live acts encompassing genres like house, dubstep and electro.

For a night out filled with heart thumping bass, electrifying music and good company, The Warehouse would be your first stop. 

Written by
Kestra Walker
4th July 2017
Updated: 14th June 2018