It wouldn’t be summer without the festival season, and with Glastonbury taking a break, this year is the perfect time to discover new festivals without having to brave the M1, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed the typical Yorkshire summer rain stays at bay.
Sounds like THIS Festival: 12th-23rd March
First up on our festival radar this year is Sounds Like THIS Festival, a festival celebrating traditionally underrepresented, risking taking artists and musicians from a range of areas. Taking place over six venues across the city including Belgrave, Royal Armouries and our neighbours Leeds College of Music – where you can check out the Electric Saturday feat. AGF, a day and night of electronic music including a selection of content generated from open calls.
Live at Leeds: 5th May
In the middle of the fantastic Leeds International Festival, the award-winning metropolitan festival returns, spanning venues across the city and attracting bands both established and brand new – so a perfect place to find a new favourite.
Slam Dunk Festival: 26th May
Now in its 11th year, Slam Dunk is back and better than ever. If pop-punk is your thing, Millennium Square is where you need to be for the last weekend in May. With appearances from Jimmy Eat World, Creeper, Good Charlotte and the worldwide exclusive reunion of The Audition, this year the festival really is one of a kind!
World Island: 25th -27th May
If Slam Dunk Festival is not your thing, taking place over the same weekend, World Island could be the place for you. Presented by Super Friendz: a name familiar to many in the Leeds music scene, known for putting on sell-out gigs and events at Headrow House, this brand new festival will be held at Leeds South Bank and is headlined by some world class acts including Loyle Carner, Nightmares on Wax and Sampha.
Inner City Electronic: 2nd-3rd June
A brand new addition to the Leeds music scene, Inner City Electronic does what it says on the tin and is bringing electronic music to some of the city’s most iconic venues, including Wire, Hifi, Old Red Bus Station and another one of our neighbours, The Wardrobe. As well as having a line up to rival established festivals throughout the country featuring Floating Points (live), Joy Orbison and Radioactive Man the festival is bringing workshops, talks and exhibitions with it. This is not one to miss!
Made in Leeds: 30th June
After the success of last year at its new venue, Made in Leeds festival is back again at Thwaite Mills – just outside the city centre. This museum come festival site is absolutely stunning, and only made better by stages curated by a host of Leeds club nights. This is certainly the way to see your favourite local DJs like never before.
Cocoon in the Park: 14th July
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, Cocoon in the Park are pushing the boat out to make this anniversary special mind-blowing, with the line up still to be announced and early birds already sold out, only one thing is certain – that Temple Newsham park will be the place to party this July!
Leeds Festival: 24th-26th August
August Bank Holiday wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Bramham Park for Leeds Festival, with this years line up featuring Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, The Vaccines, Kate Nash and Post Malone to name a few, and the full line up is still to come!
Mint Festival: September TBC
Mint Festival is the place to be to see your favourite DJs across the house, techno and bass spectrum and will be returning again this summer for the seventh time. Exact details are yet to be released but if the past few years are anything to go by this, one is set to be a sellout.