There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine and dance to the beat of some of Leeds’ biggest events of the year.
As summer comes to a crashing crescendo over the August Bank Holiday and leaves start to crisp to orange- brown hues upon September’s calling, the choice of what’s on in Leeds seems to just multiply. Whether you’re looking for an intimate club night with the best of 00s emo or you want to see some of the world’s biggest pop and reggae talent in our city, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading to find our top picks of music events for August and September 2022…
Top picks for August/September 2022
Here’s everything you need to know about the top five events throughout August and September in and around Leeds city centre.
Sean Paul Live
Wednesday 24 August 2022 | First Direct Arena, Arena Way
The international icon and Grammy-award-winner, Sean Paul, is coming to Leeds later this month on the second night of his Scorcha Tour. As one of only eight cities the pop-reggae artist is visiting, this is set to be an evening for fans to sing, dance and serenade with over 13,000 other like-minded individuals that have been waiting since April for the postponed tour stop to take place. Expect a blend of classic hits, chart-topping anthems and new tunes for a night of all-singing, all-dancing party like no other.
Standing tickets start at £44.25, and £49.75 for seats.
Get tickets for Sean Paul Live at the First Direct Arena on Wednesday 24 August 2022 here.
Bingo Lingo at Chow Down
Friday 26 August 2022 | Chow Down, Temple Arches
For those looking for the perfect way to celebrate the August Bank Holiday Weekend in Leeds city centre should look no further than Chow Down’s Summer Special Bingo Lingo event. We’re talking about bingo like you’ve never seen before. Think confetti-filled spaces with dance-offs, twerking aplenty and a hilarious combination of prizes available to those getting a full house (though with everything going on, it’ll be the last thing on your mind).
Tickets cost £14.00 per person, plus a booking fee.
Smoove and Turrell Live
Friday 30 September 2022 | Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park
Returning with their sixth studio album, Stratos Bleu, Smoove and Turrell are bringing their analogue synths to the Brudenell Social Club this September- and it’s set to be a showstopper of an evening. With a fusion of early 90s clubbing music, reminiscent of hedonistic nights gone by, expect a night filled with conscious lyrics all to the steady beat of Mike Porter on the keyboard.
Tickets cost £17.00 each plus a booking fee.
Get tickets to see Smoove and Turrell Live at the Brudenell Social Club on Friday 30 September 2022 here.
Worried About Henry Presents Sleepless
Friday 30 September 2022 | O2 Academy, Cookridge Street
Brought to you by Afterglow and Used To This producer Wilkinson, Worried About Henry Presents Sleepless is the night for Drum and Bass lovers in Leeds. With Ad-Apt as your MC for the night, listen to the latest mixes from Bou & Haribo; Serum & Inja; Polar & Bryson; Krakota; A Little Sound; Kara; Mozey; Katalyst and Ferguson, as well as a DJ set from Wilkinson himself. Please note this is an 18+ only event.
Tickets cost £23.25 each, plus a booking fee.
Sunday 14 August 2022 | Canal Club, Granary Wharf
This is Leeds’ first authentic Afrobeats and Amapiano bottomless brunch, and there’s going to be a whole lot of excitement surrounding the first of Chop Life’s day-to-night parties. The dress code is strictly summer and bright colours with no black clothing allowed, and guests are asked to bring ‘good vibes and energy’ to the unique event. So far, DJs Josh Weekes, Ryan Wilson and James Kelly have all been confirmed, plus a two course African-themed bottomless brunch, which includes 90 minutes of endless drinks.
Tickets start at £10.00 plus booking fee.
Black Parade Club Night
Sunday 28 August 2022 | The Key Club, Merrion Street
A nostalgic night of 00s emo anthems and Chop Suey, Nu Metal anthems are pitching up at The Key Club over the bank holiday to bring back the best of old school emo music. Expect the likes of My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, The Used, All American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World, Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil and plenty more until the early hours with like-minded punk-metal and alt music fans, the only person missing will be Gerard Way.
Tickets cost just £6.00 each plus a booking fee.
Casa Loco 26th Birthday
Sunday 28 August 2022 | The Warehouse, Somers Street
Longtime bassline lovers might remember when Casa Loco first arrived on the scene, but regardless of whether you’ve been pulling all-nighters with Casa Loco since the 90s, or you’re just discovering the breadth of events with Casa Loco classics and bassline anthems, this birthday special is not to be missed. There’s a huge yet-to-be-revealed guest playing alongside all your favourite DJs for the biggest Casa Loco line-up yet.
Tickets cost £15.00 each plus a booking fee.
Better Days Festival Chapter 3: Summer Closing
Saturday 17 September 2022 | Beaverworks, Hunslet
Say goodbye to summer the right way: with an immersive experience, live musicians and a miniature funfair at Better Days Festival. The multi-arena outdoor fest is exploring Disco, Drum n Bass, House, Tech House and UK Garage all whilst offering plenty of spaces to chill out, unwind or for adrenaline seekers, take on some of the best rides around- and if that’s not enough, there will be street food vendors to keep you well fed, glitter artists to cover you in sparkles and walkabout performers to ensure that there’s never a dull moment.
Tickets cost from £12.00 each, plus a booking fee.
Comedy Club at Chow Down
Wednesday 17 August 2022 | Chow Down, Temple Arches
Following on from their first sold-out event, Chow Down is bringing a night of hysterics to Temple Arches, and all those that need a mid-week break from reality and a good old fashioned belly laugh are highly encouraged to join. IT’s Dave Ward and up-and-coming talent from Simon Lomas, who recently supported Jason Manford on tour and Karen Bayley, as seen warming up crowds for Joe Lycett will join Matt Richardson, as seen on Celebrity Juice, for one-night-only, so get tickets whilst you can.
Tickets start at £22.40 for a table of two.
Mint Festival 2023
Saturday 23 September 2023 | Temple Newsam
Mint Festival 2022 may have been postponed for another year, but it’s not stopping us from getting excited about the 2023 season. With huge Drum n Bass names like Enzo Siragusa, The Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, Michael Bibi, Kristen Velvet, Shy FX, Sammy Virji previously on the bill, it’s easily going to be a showstopper of an event.
You can sign up for notifications for 2023 tickets so you don’t miss out.
Get a reminder email for Mint Festival 2023 at Temple Newsam on Saturday 23 September 2023 here.
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