What else does the city of Leeds have to offer this May?
So, Live At Leeds is but two weeks away from bringing some of the country's best music veterans and up and coming stars to one of its greatest cities. But while you're there, you may as well enjoy the rest of what this incredible Yorkshire city has to offer.
Home to two universites, an extraodinary library, a colossal shopping centre and some of the best restaurants in the nation, Leeds is the place to be to kick off festival season even without taking the music into account. While the weekend of May 1st to 4th may boast a line-up including The Cribs, Gaz Coombes, George The Poet, MNEK, Gengahr, The Strypes and more, there's plenty of places to sit and let it all soak in while enjoying a decent meal and a pint.
The music venues themselves are worth visiting on their own, the O2 Academy being the primary place for top bands, while The Hifi Club, Holy Trinity Church, Belgrave Music Hall, The Wardrobe and Brudenell Social Club are some of the favourite haunts of regular gig goers. Bands will also be on show at the Town Hall and College Of Music - it really is a citywide event.
The Cribs will be playing at Leeds Town Hall
Meanwhile, you can grab a drink at the many fabulous bars in town such as Nation of Shopkeepers, Whitelock's Ale House and Brewdog where the best of Leeds ales will be available. Not only that but the food is just as good; you've got sensational burger joint MEATLiquor, the self-explanatory Friends of Ham, the much beloved Red's true BBQ and Indian street food kitchen Bundobust.
Plus, there's also the matter of the Trinity Centre (another great place for foodies with eateries like Yo! Sushi and Trinity Kitchen) where you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy with everything from Hollister to Victoria's Secret. Which reminds us, if you've got the dosh, it's worth taking a look at designer heaven in the Victoria Quarter, next to which is an enormous Harvey Nichols.
So as well as being able to enjoy local bands (Eagulls, Brawlers, Menace Beach, Bruising) you can really get stuck into Leeds culture with the first Bank Holiday Weekend of May. And at £27.50 for over 200 bands - you can't really go wrong, can you?