Food & Music Festivals in Leeds
15 February 2018
Good Grub + Great Music = Leeds this May & June!
Surround yourself in wonderful worlds of guitar-driven music, mouth-watering food and all-round good (and undoubtedly summery) vibes this May and June, when Leeds welcomes the return of Leeds Indie Food, Live at Leeds, Slam Dunk and The Yorkshire Food and Drink Show! Are you joining us for a fun, food and music-filled festival season? Delight in a luxury stay at 42 the Calls and relish our premium Leeds location, just minutes from the city’s thriving cultural centre!
Eat, Drink and Do until your heart (and stomach’s) content this May, when Leeds Indie Food returns for its fourth instalment! Departing you on a tasty tour of the city’s flourishing independent food and drink vendors, set across 18 delicious days (dates TBC).
And while the schedule for this year’s festival is yet to be announced, you can rest assured that it won’t disappoint - with the city’s best pubs, revered restaurants and most-iconic venues all in on the action, supplemented by globe-straddling street food suppliers and Leeds’ famous independent breweries.
What we do know however, is that Leeds Indie Food’s popular Passport scheme will be back, giving festival-goers the opportunity to grab great rates across the board at #LIF18, as you discover anything and everything from five-course donut and paired beer dinners, to exhibitions made entirely from cheese.
5th May 2018
Sweaty bodies packed into pubs like proverbial sardines, free-flowing beer and the sight of crowds walking briskly between venues to discover their new favourite band can only mean that Live at Leeds is back! As some 15,000 music lovers pour into the city to see the UK’s best emerging talent play alongside established rockers and returning music royalty.
And with said established rockers Circa Waves, Peace, Ash, The Horrors, Pulled Apart by Horses and Spring King leading the line-up for 2018, the festival season is set to begin with an almighty bang! But it’s also worth noting that Live at Leeds has in the past welcomed Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Blossoms, The 1975 and Loyle Carner before they hit the big time. So be sure to check out the likes of Pale Waves, Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi and Sam Fender - who will be flying the flag for the future of UK music, this May!
26th May – 28th May 2018
Think carnival, with people parading through the streets to the backdrop of sunshine, beer and melodious music. Then add mosh pits, head banging and riff-tastic alternative rock, pop punk and metal - and you can begin to imagine what a weekend at Slam Dunk is like.
Now into its 12th year, Slam Dunk has firmly established itself as a Leeds festival favourite, rising from small backstreet bars to the heights and bright lights of venues like Millennium Square, First Direct Arena and the O2 Academy. Which, will this year be graced by revered rockers like Good Charlotte, PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Twin Atlantic. Accompanied by a much anticipated appearance from Jimmy Eat World as the band celebrate their 25th anniversary, who will also be joined by Long Island counterparts and returning Leeds favourites Taking Back Sunday, after also headlining Slam Dunk back in 2013 and 2015!
1st June – 3rd June 2018
Begin June with a toothsome trip to Millennium Square, as you discover mountains of mouth-watering local produce at The Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, courtesy of the county’s best-loved cafes, restaurants and pubs!
But beyond filling your face, the 8th instalment of the festival will also encourage you to get your teeth into live cookery demonstrations from Yorkshire-famous chefs, before paying a visit to the no end of interactive foodie workshops. However, tasting the mountains of exceptional food should, of course, be high on your list of priorities; and is made easy by the 100s of exhibitors offering up their delicious local fare, supplemented by sizzling street food stalls from around the world! All of which will be washed down by sundry selections of indigenous ales and creative cocktails, during your visit to this exceptional celebration of Yorkshire’s heart-warming cuisine!
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