A guide to Leeds Brewery’s music scene
Forget sitting in a field and getting wet all weekend, not showering, eating baked beans straight from the tin and portaloos! You can avoid all of these festival habits in Leeds and York, while still being able to witness great live music in our pubs and the city centres.
Our pubs that are renowned for hosting live music in Leeds, in particular are Crowd of Favours and the Eagle and Child. We encourage local acts and showcase talent in front of a live audience, in a relaxed surrounding where people can enjoy a few pints while soaking up the music.
We’ve rounded up all of our latest upcoming acts in the next few months and put together a lineup; from smooth jazz to relaxing acoustic, we’ve got something that will appeal to everyone
At Crowd of Favours this month is there is a secret gig taking place in their basement on Saturday 16th July. The star of the show is 15 year old singer/songwriter Oliver Pinder, an acoustic-pop act, taking inspiration from the likes of Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran. From Queensbury in Yorkshire, we are proud to be showcasing local, young talent such as Oliver. He released his debut EP, Island Rain back in March 2015 including songs about his childhood, unrequited love and the untimely death of his father. It’s going to be an intimate and maybe even an emotional one. Show your support on Saturday 16th July from 3-5pm; for more information or to sample a few of his songs, take a look at his website.
Every Thursday night, the Eagle & Child in York host a jazz evening featuring some great live jazz bands. If you’re looking for a entertainment filled evening and a lively atmosphere then this is one not to be missed. You can have a few drinks and maybe even a boogie - we guarantee you won’t be able to keep your feet still! There are 4/5 different bands on rotation so if there’s a particular band that you really like the sound of, you won’t have to wait long to see them again. If you want to extend your evening then head to the pub a bit earlier for their steak night; get two steaks with all the trimmings and a bottle of house wine for £30 from 5-9pm.
The Duke of York host an open mic night every third Thursday of the month, so whether you’re brave enough to take on the mic or you’d rather go along as a member of the audience, everyone and anyone is welcome. The night is open to singers, musicians, bands, poets...anything goes! Also the organiser of the event is very willing to play requests if people just fancy having a sing-a-long to his guitar. It’s a very entertaining evening and it’s a great opportunity to showcase local hidden talents; make sure you get the next date saved in your diary so you don’t miss out.
There is also an acoustic afternoon on Sundays launching very soon at the Duke of York. It’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday listening to soothing acoustic once you’ve enjoyed your delicious home cooked roast. Follow @LBDukeofYork on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and information regarding the acoustic sessions.
There are also plenty of music venues and live music events held in Leeds city centre; the most recent edition to the Leeds music venues, the First Direct Arena, a great addition to the city hosting some of the biggest names in music. Other venues include the O2 Academy, the Leeds University Union as well as bars such as the Wardrobe, Belgrave Canteen and Music Hall, Smokestack and then there’s the City Varieties Music Hall next door to the White Swan.
Leave your wellies at home and join in our Leeds Brewery Festival. Great music, even better beer, affordable prices and no camping necessary! What more could you want? LB