Leeds has the fourth largest student population in the UK and is renowned across Yorkshire for its vibrant and exciting nightlife. From bars to clubs to restaurants, Leeds has it all, but which live music venues in Leeds are the ones you really shouldn’t miss?
Belgrave Music Hall
The Belgrave Music Hall first opened in 1934 in Leeds’ Northern Quarter as a nursery school and recreational hall.
This beautiful building has since been renovated and brought back to life as one of the best live music venues in Leeds. Surrounded by the Northern Quarter’s independent shops and cafes, this unique location is an intimate place to spend any night.
The Belgrave Music Hall’s 200-capacity event space helps cultivate that intimate show feeling that so many venues strive to achieve. If this compact venue is too close for your comfort, 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 theatrical events, political meetings and circuses.
In 2008 the venue reopened with a sold-out show by the Kaiser Chiefs and was skyrocketed back to its former glory as one of the biggest gig venues in Leeds.
Inside, the venue boasts three separate rooms for shows. The largest is a 2300-capacity space, while there is a 500-capacity balcony for outdoor shows as well as a small basement room fitting 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 and is easily one of the cult Leeds gig venues.
Known for its variety of music shows, Brudenell Social Club discriminates against no genre or musician. The venue became famous by hosting secret gigs by the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, quickly turning into the focal point of the Leeds indie music scene.
Boasting a cosy 400-person capacity, the venue was shortlisted by NME for Britain’s Best Small Venue in 2011, 2012 and 2015, proving that it knows how to put on good shows.
The Key Club
Home to rock music in the centre of Leeds, The Key Club is one of the only live music venues in Leeds that is solely dedicated to rock.
Close to some of the hottest bars in the Leeds party scene, The Key Club is the ideal spot for rockers to spend their night listening to some of the hardest-hitting music in the city.
A capacity of 300 brings gig-goers closer to the performers, allowing them to fully enjoy the show and feel the power coming from the stage. Rawk on!
Few Leeds gig venues have a history like The Warehouse, which has been hosting live music since the late 1970s. Legendary bands, DJs and solo stars have all spent time on the Warehouse’s stage, from Oasis and Stone Roses to 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 has to be your first stop.
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