In terms of live music in Leeds, we are blessed. You’ve got the big boys at 02 Academy and the First Direct Arena, who have showcased the talents of Bruce Springsteen, Queen and many more. Slightly further afield, there’s the Brudenell Social Club and the the Belgrave Music Hall with artists such as The Cribs, The Subways and Carnabells on show. With other great venues such as the Wardrobe, the Nation of Shopkeepers and Oporto, we’ve got plenty of top places for live music.

Watch music in Leeds at Smokestack


However, whether you’re looking for a cheaper night out, trying to discover new, upcoming bands or you’re just after even more live music in Leeds, we’ve rounded up the best places to watch free, live music.

A great place to start is Distrikt Bar in Leeds! With half price tapas accompanied by jazz and latin music all night long on every Wednesday, it’s a relaxing night out. You can read more about this night here.

If you’re after a wide variety of music then check out Hirst’s Yard. Their wide range of drinks, that are on offer from 4-7 to quench your pre-gig thirsts, and their party atmosphere make Hirst’s Yard a great night out. Their music ranges from rock music to soul and motown, you can check out their gig listings here.

Maybe funk, jazz, soul or blues tickle you’re fancy, if so then Smokestack is the best place in the city. From their variety of bands performing to the overall vibe, there are plenty of reasons why Smokestack is the perfect place to be. With student nights and various student offers, it’s great for those looking to get their fix of live music while still saving a bob or two! Check out what’s on at their website.

If you’re after a more traditional pub then you may be interested in The Duck and Drake. With a fantastic repertoire of bands, there is live music on most evenings. Also, if you’re into ale then you should check out their fantastic selection of real ale! You can check it all out on their website.

Watch music in Leeds at Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

If proper rock music is what you’re looking for then Carpe Diem is your ideal spot in Leeds. With regular gigs, cheap drinks and fantastic student offers, it’s the perfect place for a cheap night out! You can read more on their website.

We’ve all been there when we’re looking for something a bit different though, Verve is a multi-purpose venue that might be exactly what you’re looking for. Aside from being a great bar, they have a separate room for all kind of gigs from open mic nights to live comedy, it’s a unique night out that really is one of a kind.

With this much on, you’ve no excuse for not getting out and checking out the live music in Leeds!