FIRST DIRECT ARENA
The newcomer and rising star of the city’s entertainment venues, recent and forthcoming acts include; Bruce Springsteen, (Leeds’ very own) Kaiser Chiefs, Micky Flanagan, Russell Howard, John Bishop, WWE Live and Premier league darts.
Three times nominated for ‘favourite venue’ the Grade I listed building is steeped in musical history and still retains many of its original features. Headlining acts play to the packed main auditorium while up and coming stars entertain the crowds in the Underground. Recent and forthcoming events at the O2 include; Basement Jaxx, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, Franz Ferdinand and OneRepublic.
ROUNDHAY PARK (AND ARENA)
It may not be at the forefront of the city’s action but Roundhay is one of Europe’s largest city parks and attracts the visitors year after year. And little wonder, it caters to all tastes with the gardens and lakes playing host to an array of sports enthusiasts, the folly and mansion appealing to the history buffs and perhaps its most notable landmark, the Roundhay Arena, playing host to all manner of events. The park’s natural amphitheatre takes centre stage during November when tens of thousands head to see the annual bonfire and fireworks display, and its stage has been graced by some of the world’s biggest stars, with Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams all having entertained crowds of well over 100,000.
Leeds is a force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit. A few to mention:
Leeds Loves Food
So popular is the city’s food and drink scene that this one-time weekend festival now lands in Leeds for two weeks every summer. Venues across the city open their doors and welcome the crowds for a jam-packed schedule showcasing the very best of the local culinary talent, culminating with the ever-impressive Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square.
Party In The Park
Up to 70,000 fans descend upon Temple Newsham House and Estate for the city’s annual concert. Recent chart-topping acts to have entertained the crowds include Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green and Scouting for Girls
The Leeds Festival
We probably don’t need to tell you much about the legend that is the Leeds Festival. With the Main, NME and Alternative stages hosting everyone from Eminem, Deftones, Green Day, comedy acts and more the Leeds Festival surely is the crown of the city’s events. 80,000 revellers know a good thing when they see it and never more so than 2013’s performance by Biffy Clyro, which saw the band take top spot at the UK Music Business Awards when they were named 'Best Festival Performance'
Leeds International Film Festival
Hollywood arrives at venues throughout the city as Leeds celebrates the best of the big screen with over 200 films, awards across the board and the sell-out ‘Night of the Dead’ horror movie marathon bringing film fans flocking to the streets.
Mar - Leeds Pride
May - Leeds Half Marathon
May/Jun - Leeds Loves Food
Jul - Leeds 10K
Jul - Party In The Park
Aug - Leeds Carnival
Aug - Leeds Festival
Nov - Leeds International Film Festival
Nov/Dec - Christkindelmrkt (German Christmas market)
The northern motorway network serves the city from all directions:
Average car journeys:
London - 3hrs 31mins
Manchester - 49mins
Birmingham - 2hrs
Newcastle - 1hr 42mins
Edinburgh - 4hrs
Glasgow - 3hrs 39mins
Cardiff - 3hrs 53mins
Coaches depart from London every hour with National Express
Leeds Railway Station provides local, regional, national and international connections, with speedy services getting you from London to Leeds in a little over two hours. East Coast’s inter-city service runs from King’s Cross roughly every half hour during peak times and CrossCountry trains provides frequent connections to many of the UK’s major cities.
Leeds Bradford Airport lies less than 10 miles north of the city and has 24hr taxi services available on-site. The Airport Direct bus services provide hourly and half-hourly direct links to the city.
Local transport is operated by Metro, with numerous bus and rail services offering flexible transport across Leeds.
Leeds CityBus operates every few minutes Monday to Saturday, providing a low cost service that connects prominent city centre locations (bus, rail, leisure…)
Northern Rail run a good local network from the city’s main station, linking Leeds with smaller outlying towns and villages as well as the bigger of the region’s cities including Harrogate, York and Huddersfield.