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10 wonderful ways to spend your week in Leeds

Written by
Rob Martin

From big names at the arena to the hidden interiors of Leeds, to the final tour of one of our greats, it's your week in Leeds.

The Stranglers
, O2 Academy, Tue Mar 17, £23 
The veteran band perform the hits including 'Golden Brown' and 'No More Heroes', lead singer Hugh Cornwell still more than able to belt it out.

Narrating Objects: Unlocking the Stories of Sculpture, Leeds Art Gallery, until Sat 21 March, free
You've just got time this week to catch this exhibition at the city's main gallery, mixes key work from the collection with new pieces, in an exploration of the human body, landscapes and imaginary worlds.

McBusted, First Direct Arena, Wed Mar 18, £41.50
The 'Most Excellent Adventure' tour visits Leeds, with the remnants of two groups who used to be popular with kids getting together to perform old hits, so if you're in the mood for some pop nostalgia, this is right up your Danny la Rue.

Morrissey, First Direct Arena, Fri Mar 20, £45
Just a handful of dates from Moz for his new arena tour, and lucky Leeds gets to be one of them, following on from the release of 2014's new album, 'World Peace is None Of Your Business'.

Hairspray, Leeds Grand Theatre, Tue Mar 17 - Sat Mar 21, £12-£29.50 
Leeds Amateur Operatic Society is 125 years old in 2015 and is putting on the Tony award-winning musical as part of its celebrations 

Paloma Faith, First Direct Arena, Sat Mar 21, currently sold out
With over half a million copies of her first album sold, the wonderfully titled 'Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?' it's no surprise that her first visit to our arena is full but, if you can get a ticket, get a ticket.

Stewart Lee, Leeds Town Hall, Fri Mar 20, £21
As anyone who has seen Lee, whether live or on the telly will know, 'A Room With Stew' is an innovative one with some uncompromising wallpaper. Lee continually plays around with the rules of comedy and expectation, so if you love stand up and haven't seen him yet – you really, really should.

Cross Currents, Leeds Art Gallery, until Sat Mar 21, free
Showcasing French works taken from across the gallery’s permanent collection, ‘Cross Currents’ examines French art, from the Barbizon school and the realist movement to neo- and post-impressionism.

Joan Armatrading, Leeds Grand Theatre, Sun Mar 22, £32.50
Mixed emotions greet this tour from one of the UK's best singer songwriters, as Joan announces that this will be her last. In that case, you'd be wise to be there, hearing some of the most beautiful, perfect music of the last few decades. Need proof? Here you go...

Urban Explorers, White Cloth Gallery, until Sat Apr 11, free
A fantastic exhibition of photos showing some of the most interesting abandoned interiors in Leeds. Some are truly eerie!

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