The best live concerts, gigs and live performances across Yorkshire this month | May 2023

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Festival season begins this month but that doesn’t mean that the number of gigs planned around the city are slowing down, oh no.

Choose from Temple Newsam’s Live at Leeds: In The Park or Slam Dunk festival, head to a comedy night at the First Direct Arena to see Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais take to the screen or head up to Hyde Park Book Club for an intimate performance from Yorkshire’s own The Sherlocks…

Peter Doherty

Wednesday 3 May 2023 | O2 Academy Sheffield

Image: Peter Doherty, Facebook

What: Best known as co-founder and frontman of The Libertines, Peter Doherty but with plenty of solo work and side projects that attracted a whole new audience, the signer is bringing together the best of his three-decade music career to Sheffield this month.

Where: O2 Academy Sheffield, 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2PN

Tickets: Still available at £35.25 via Ticketmaster here.

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Thursday 11 May / Friday 12 May 2023 | O2 Academy, Leeds

Image: Soundcloud

What: The Yorkshire lads began as a group that uploaded comedy and prank videos online before shooting to fame in 2020, becoming a huge lockdown success. Since then, they have been nominated for both the NME Award for Best New British Act and NME Award for Best New Act in the World, releasing album Disrespectful alongside EP Charva Anthems and a number of hit singles.

Now the Bradford-born group is returning to Leeds for two nights for a homecoming gig as part of the thirteen-date Influential tour.

Where: O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AW

Tickets: £35.25 each and still available via Ticketmaster here.

Additional Yorkshire Dates: Friday 19 May 2023 at Sheffield O2 Academy

Midge Ure

Thursday 11 May 2023 | St George’s Hall, Bradford

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What: After bringing us ‘The 1980 Tour’ in 2019, Midge Ure is back on the road with the Voice and Visions tour to celebrate 40 years of the Ultravox’s Rage In Edenand Quartet albums.

Where: St George’s Concert Hall, St George’s Hall, Bridge Street, Bradford

Tickets: The last remaining tickets are on sale for £34.45 via See Tickets here.

Amy Gledhill

Image: The Leadmill

What: As seen on The Emily Atack Show (ITV2), Richard Ayoade’s Question Team (Dave) and Harry Hill’s Clubnite (Channel 4), Internet sensation Amy Gledhill is heading to The Leadmill to bring her Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show about resilience and dancing ‘The Girl Before The One You Marry’ show to life.

Where: The Leadmill, 6 Leadmill Road, Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) S1 4SE 


The Sherlocks

Saturday 13 May 2023 | Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Image: The Sherlocks

What: The Sherlocks are a British alternative rock band formed in 2010 in Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The band rose to fame with their fifth single ‘Will You Be There?’ which was followed by their debut album “Live for the Moment” in August 2017.

To celebrate their new album ‘People Like Me & You’ which comes out 11 August 2023, the band have planned a super intimate gig at Hyde Park Book Club and it’s set to be a sell out.

Where: Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BL

Tickets: Only available directly through The Sherlock’s mailing list here.

Jimmy Carr

Thursday 18 May and Saturday 20 May 2023 | St George’s Hall, Bradford

Image: Jimmy Carr

What: Comedian Jimmy Carr is back on the road with new material, and he’s making two stops across Yorkshire this month in Halifax and Bradford before returning to the likes of Scarborough and Leeds last on in the year.

Described by The Guardian as “a comedy hero for our time” for his 2021/2 Terribly Funny tour, this new show Terribly Funny 2.0 is set to take his comedy to new heights.

Where: St George’s Concert Hall, St George’s Hall, Bridge Street, Bradford

Tickets: There’s still a few left at £34.50 via the Bradford Theatres website here.

Additional Yorkshire dates: Jimmy Carr will be in Halifax at The Victoria Theatre on Thursday 18 May, with tickets still available here.

Peter Kay

Friday 19 May 2023 | First Direct Arena, Leeds

Image: Peter Kay

What: The comedian, best known for his hit TV series like Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere and huge worldwide tours sharing belly laughs with the public. The comedian was actually recorded in the Guinness World Records as ‘the most successful comedy tour ever’, selling over 1.2 million tickets in 2010-2011.

Where: First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY

Tickets: Long gone, but there’s waitlists on reputable ticket sites that might see some last minute cancellations and resales closer to the time

Additional Yorkshire dates: Peter Kay is returning to Leeds on Friday 15 December 2023 (get tickets here) and will be in Sheffield on Friday 17 November 2023 at the Utilita Arena (get tickets here).

Inspiral Carpets

Thursday 25 May 2023 | Picturedrome, Homfirth

Image: Inspiral Carpets, Spotify

What: 40 years on from the Madchester movement that saw the Inspiral Carpets soar to success, the band are back on the road with a series of hits to play. Having hit Leeds and Sheffield last month, they’ll be in Holmfirth this month.

Where: Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth HD9 7DA

Tickets: Still available and cost £27.50 each via See Tickets.

Ricky Gervais

Thursday 25 May 2023 | First Direct Arena, Leeds

Image: First Direct Arena

What: Afterlife and The Office UK star Ricky Gervais is bringing his latest tour, Armageddon, to Leeds for one night. ‘Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin’ the comedian is embarking on a UK wide tour to share his latest work – Armageddon.

After performing Armageddon in London last year, the comedian took to Twitter to say he’d have his fans ‘reported for hate crimes’ for laughing at the new material, according to The Independent – just to give you an idea of what may lie ahead.

Where: First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY

Tickets: Only VIP tickets for The Mixer remain, priced at £250 each, and available via Ticketmaster here.

Live at Leeds: In The Park Festival

Saturday 27 May 2023 | Temple Newsam, Leeds

Image: Live at Leeds Festival

What: Live At Leeds: In The Park continues to share the limelight with newcomers into the alt music scene and champion plenty of up-and-coming talent that’ll leave revellers humming the beat of brand new songs aplenty following the day festival’s end.

Headliners such as Two Door Cinema Club, The Hives, DMA’s, Everything Everything, Cavetown, The Big Moon and Black Honey have already been announced, as well as Kate Nash, Maximo Park, Lottery Winners and online sensation James Marriott will be joining the celebration of alternative/indie talent this summer.

Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE

Tickets: Live at Leeds: In The Park tickets are already on sale, with general admission prices starting at £60, or £85 for VIP tickets.

You can also get tickets to both Live At Leeds and Slam Dunk Festival, which takes place the following day at the same location. Tickets are currently priced for the two at £137 plus a booking fee. All tickets are available here, via See Tickets.

Slam Dunk North Festival

Sunday 28 May 2023 | Temple Newsam, Leeds

Image: Slam Dunk Festival

What: Slam Dunk Festival North is back for another year and there’s a huge line-up to look forward to. Set in the heart of Temple Newsam, one of Leeds’ best known festival venues is the hosting a one day set of metal, emo, punk and ska music from some of the industry’s biggest names.

Favourites on the line-up headliners include The Offspring and Enter Shikari, as well as 00s pop-punk icons, Bowling For Soup, Real Friends and Four Year Strong. Canadian rock band Billy Talent and American singer-songwriter Maggie Lindemann will be bringing crowds to life at one of the city’s biggest day festivals too.

Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE

Tickets: Tickets cost £97.90 each and are available from See Tickets here, alternatively you can get tickets for both Slam Dunk North and Live at Leeds festival for a combined price of £150.70, with tickets are also available via See Tickets here.


Monday 29 May 2023 | O2 Academy, Leeds

Image: Interpol

What: American rock stars Interpol have announced their triumphant return to the UK with five headline shows this summer. The New York indie-rock icons released their seventh album ‘The Other Side of Make-Believe’ last summer. They’ll be performing this alongside their other smash hits on their upcoming UK tour which they have just announced.

Where: O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge St, Leeds LS2 3AW

Tickets: Cost £35.65 for stalls standing and balcony unreserved seats and standing, both are still available via See Tickets here.

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