Leeds first and only inner-city music & culture festival held at the famous Tetley Brewery site located in the heart of the city centre.
This annual event showcases the best of Leeds nightlife, bringing influential brands from past, present and future together to celebrate as one. It’s not just about nightlife though, the festival also has a dedicated street food section, fashion stalls from local boutiques and a traditional fair ground. It truly is a thrilling concept and a first for Leeds.
The Tetley is now a new centre for contemporary art and learning in a landmark heritage building. Centered around creativity, innovation and experimentation, The Tetley is a place that develops future artistic talent and opens the minds of young people, whilst at the same time engages families and individuals of all ages.
The Made in Leeds Festival 2014 attracted almost 5000 revelers which was bang on target, year 2 is looking even better with the event expecting to sell out through the introduction of a new site layout and more club arenas and brands involved. Year 3 is already in the planning process and could potentially see the festival capacity increase to 20,000 by using the on-site parking space as part of the grounds.
One of the unique selling points of the event is that unlike the majority of festivals that are held in fields far in the countryside, Made in Leeds is situated in the heart of the city centre on a fully concrete site, which means no mud, no risk of the weather spoiling the fun and no need for wellies! The site is just a 6-minute walk from Trinity Leeds, 7-minutes from Leeds Train Station and 7-minutes from Leeds Bus Station.
Even though the ground is concrete and not grass, the festival feel is still captured with the use of big top circus tents to house the brands. Draw dropping production, the latest lighting & laser technology, pyrotechnics and state-of-art sound-systems are all in abundance.
Year 1 brands included Speed Queen and Back To Basics which was a real honor as both are institutions in their own right for Leeds nightlife, and 2 of the longest running club nights in Europe. Other brands included Fibre, which has been Leeds best bar for over 14 years, and Insomnia, which won Leeds Best Club Night 2011 and has continued to draw in the masses every week in Leeds and across the country for the past 5 years. Insomnia brought in world-renowned headliner Tchami for his Leeds debut that was a big look for the festival.
Year 2 see’s the introduction of another Leeds institution with the inclusion of The Warehouse who will be celebrating their 36th birthday! The line up doesn’t disappoint with Steve Lawler headlining proceedings alongside Miguel Campbell and a very rare LFO set from Gez Varley.
Another new edition is Federation, yes we said it, Federation is back! Arguably the most influential brand in Leeds nightlife that has had a 5 year absence is back for a 1 off show, and what a show it will be. The line up is made up of all the residents over the past 12 years, as well as the entertainers and dancers that are synonymous with the brand. If it’s anything like the Dark Arches days we are already sold!
Basics are back on board for year 2 and have once again pulled out all the stops with a heavyweight line up including Claude VonStroke, Denney, wAFF, Laura Jones and the formidable Basics residents.
Insomnia and Fibre are also back for a second year after their consistent show-stopping performances last time. Residents from Fibre will be blasting out the funky sound-track throughout the day while Insomnia have brought in big hitters Tough Love to headline what will truly be another awesome show.
The final icing on the Made in Leeds Festival cake comes from Leeds homegrown record label 2020 Vision with head honcho Ralph Lawson who have the honor of hosting this years Ultimate VIP arena. We are very excited about this years VIP as it is held in The Tetley building itself and will allow VIP ticket holders access to the private areas, bars and those all important exclusive luxury toilets!