The best live concerts, gigs and live performances in Leeds this month | February 2023

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We’ve had festival line-up announcements by the day recently, but it still feels as if summer is a long time away.

Still, in Leeds, there’s plenty of live music to get stuck into this month. From the long-awaited performance from Florence & The Machine to a Valentine’s Day special from Easy Life and intimate shows over at Leeds University Union – there’s truly something for everyone this month.

Keep reading to find out about our top ten picks for the month….

Florence & The Machine

Saturday 4 February 2023 | First Direct Arena

Florence + The Machine. / Image: Publicity picture

What: Florence & The Machine will finally be able to crack on with their scheduled Leeds show after lead singer Florence Welch broke her foot on stage. The rescheduled tour is in support of recent album Dance Party.

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

Tickets: Still available, surprisingly! From £42.45 with See Tickets.

Mom Jeans

Monday 6 February 2023 | Leeds University Stylus

Image: Mom Jeans, Facebook

What: The California-based band embarking on a world tour. With three albums under their belts, expect a combination of alternative indie rock and ‘midwest emo’ tunes with sweet melodies.

Where: University Union, Stylus, Lifton Place, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JZ

Tickets: £16.50 but includes a booking fee with Leeds University Union events via Fixr.


Saturday 11 March 2023 | O2 Academy

Image: The Hoot Leeds

What: In their 24 years, Mogwai have packed in nine studio albums (and an additional live one), four compilations, four soundtracks and a record label. Focusing on a minimalistic approach to emotive music, the interludes continue to draw crowds across the UK and beyond.

Where: 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW

Tickets: £37.25 for seated or balcony via See Tickets

Easy Life

Thursday 14 February 2023 | O2 Academy

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What: The band’s most notable song for us in Leeds, LS6, might be about homesickness, but no doubt after Easy Life’s appearance in the city they’ll be feeling the love. With two albums and plenty of mixtapes to bring to the stage, alt-indie band will be putting on quite a show this Valentine’s Day.

Where: 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW

Tickets: There’s only balcony seat left, priced at £29 each via See Tickets


Thursday 16 February 2023 | O2 Academy

Image: Inhaler

What: The Irish rock band have been together for over a decade, but have gained popularity in the last few years after coming fifth in the BBC’s Sound Of… poll, an annual survey that asks critics and industry figures who is the most promising new talent – and they weren’t wrong. Fronted by Elijah Hewson, son of Bono, the four piece indie-rock band is bringing the feel-good tunes to Leeds this month, with hits from two studio albums and ten singles to bring to life at the Academy.

Where: 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW

Tickets: Around the £25 – £28 mark on resale via Ticketmaster

Ariadne auf Naxos

Saturday 18 February 2023 | Leeds Grand Theatre  

Photos from rehearsal. / Image: Opera North

What: Directed by multi-award nominated Rodula Gaitanou and performed with Opera North, this humorous, romantic, and drama-filled production will tell the tale of a bustling 1950s Italian studio where two films are about to be made. One’s a heartbreaking myth, the other a light-hearted comedy – imagine the mischief that unfolds when disaster strikes and the films suddenly become one…

Where: Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

Tickets: Available on the Opera North website and span from free to £78, there’s also two additional dates in February on Tuesday 21 February and Friday 24 February

The Murder Capital

Monday 20 February 2023 | Leeds University Union

five people sat on chairs.
Image: Spotify

What: An Irish post-punk band that set up their own record label back in 2018. One of the best descriptions of the five-piece comes from The Guardian’s Damien Morris, who described The Murder Capoital as “reaching back to Joy Division’s drum tattoos, interlocking with surging, wave-break bass”. The Leeds show is likely to feature much of the band’s latest album, Gigi’s Recovery, which was released just a few weeks ago.

Where: Stylus, Leeds University, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tickets: £16.50 and includes the booking fee via See Tickets

Dream State

Thursday 23 February 2023 | The Key Club

Image: Spotify

What: Post-hardcore, alt-rock and a string of successful tunes that draw have been drawing crowds for almost a decade. You might recognise their cover of Linkin Park’s Crawling for charity compilation album Songs That Saved My Life in aid of mental health and suicide prevention charities, single White Lies first played in our city at Leeds Festival 2017.

Where: The Key Club, 66 Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8LW

Tickets: Still available! Costing £14.30, including a booking fee via See Tickets.


Thursday 23 February 2023 | The Wardrobe

Image: Lissie

What: Launching to fame in the late 00s after Lenny Kravitz was tipped off about Lissie’s MySpace page (as you did in 2008) and invited her on tour, Lissie has continued to fuse rock, country folk and pop across five albums. Her most recent release, Carving Canyons, is likely to feature on tour in Leeds, having only just been released last year.

Where: 6 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Tickets: £27.50 for regular tickets, available via See Tickets and there’s also Meet and Greet tickets are also available here via See Tickets.

Feature Image – Spotify / Publicity Picture / Inhaler

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