Get us in your inbox


This week's ten top tips for a great time in Leeds.

Written by
Rob Martin

This week, we've got a festival, some beautiful Mozart, a true classic of a film and a couple of right Jessies! Intrigued? Its just our list of the most interesting stuff going on in Leeds this week.

Funeral For a Friend
, Stylus, Tue Jan 20, £16.50
The Welsh group who made such a big impact  in the noughties have been away for a while, but they are back with a seventh album, so expect tracks old and new. 

Queen + Adam Lambert, First Direct Arena, Tue Jan 20, from £59
It seems that recruiting the flamboyant Adam Lambert, an American Idol, has given the band a new lease of life. He's certainly a worthy successor to Mercury singing the hits with all of the showmanship present and correct.

Strictly Come Dancing, First Direct Arena, Thu Jan 22, from £35
The joyous slice of Saturday night TV, surely the campest thing on telly since, well, the last really camp thing, takes to the stage with the contestants from the 2014 season.  

Mark Lanegan Band, Leeds Becket Student Union, Thu Jan 22, £17.50
His new album, 'Phantom Radio', heralds the return of the Washington singer for the first time since 2012.

Jessie Ware, O2 Academy, Sat Jan 24, £24.75
Mercury nominated in 2012, Jessie Ware stops of in Leeds before heading away for a tour of Europe.

Opera North, Leeds Grand, Sat Jan 24 - Fri Feb 27, £15 - £52.50
Mozart's ever popular 'The Marriage of Figaro' will be sung in English so that the 'follies of the day' will be easy to follow.

Jessie J, O2 Academy, Sun Jan 25, £32.50
With her single 'Bang Bang' going double platinum, expect Ms J to be on tip top energetic form for the Leeds leg of her tour.

Leeds Print Festival, Munro House, Fri Jan 23 - Sat Jan 31
Celebrating all things print, this Festival returns - this is the fourth one - paying tribute to an industry which was once the one of the biggest employers in the city. Exhibitions, workshops and talks are all featured. Expect the flyers to be good quality!

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Hyde Park Picture House, Sun Jan 25 
What a treat. For anyone interested in cinema outside the what the multiplex has to offer, (nothing wrong with that), this 1968 masterpiece from Powell and Pressburger is an absolute joy. A rare chance to see it on the big screen really shouldn't be passed over.

Ex Machina
The most interesting of the week's new releases sees writer Alex Garland (author of 'The Beach', writer of '28 Days Later'),take on the directorial as well as scriptwriting reigns in a cautionary tale of artificial intelligence and a man who takes his dream too far. 

Latest news