30 exciting events to enjoy in Leeds this August
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From food and comedy festivals to the best in live music, here are the most exciting events coming to Leeds this August

If you’re a foodie, a cinephile, a wannabe rock n’ roller, or simply someone who enjoys partaking in interesting events, then we have your back well and truly covered.

August 1: Feed Her to the Sharks – “Killer Ausie metalcorers” are how this band are described on the events page, meaning their crowd at the Temple of Boom should prove rather riotous – more info

August 1: Imarhan – For a less bombastic night of musical entertainment, you might want to head over to Brudenell to succumb to Imarhan’s tasteful, heartfelt tunes – more info

August 2: The Dictators – Formed back in 1973, you can be sure The Dictators will put on a suitably professional (and mental) performance at the Brudenell – more info

August 2: Young Legionnaire – Gordon Moakes’ latest musical project, Young Legionnaire, are set to light up Brudenell Social club in early August – more info

August 4: Kleine Schweine – Hyde Park Book Club might not seem like an appropriate venue for a punk band at first, but we assure you that nobody will be reading books during the gig – more info

August 4: Much Ado About Nothing – Charles Villiers Stanford’s operatic version of a Shakespeare classic can provide some much needed variety to your month – more info

August 5: The Pretend Beatles – The White Swan hotel hosts one of the most literal Beatles cover bands in history, with a few of their own melodies thrown in for variety – more info

August 5: Low – Slowcore indie rock group Low take to Brudenell to bring Leeds a taste of Minnesotan music in early August – more info

August 5: Death Do Us Part Danger Show – Between all the knife-throwing, sword-swallowing and whip-cracking, you can also enjoy a night of drinking at this off-beat cabaret show – more info 

August 5: The Magic of Motown – Sure the acts aren’t live by any means, but after 40 back-to-back Motown classics, this open-air gig in Millennium Square could well be a night to remember – more info

August 6: The Comedy Sessions – You can’t go wrong with a good laugh, and that’s just what you’ll get at Hifi’s (probably) world famous Comedy Sessions – more info

August 6: New Device – Southern England meets hardcore rock with New Device, who have long-since declared themselves “real rock fans”, but we’ll be the judge of that – more info

August 6: The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improvisation comedy is hit and miss, as a rule, but with the talent on display in The Adelphi in August, we’d recommend giving it a shot – more info

August 6: Agnostic Front – Given that the band boast themselves as one of the only ‘hardcore’ bands left on the circuit today, their gig at Brudenell should prove suitably noisy and enjoyable – more info

August 7: Leeds Pride – Although to the uninitiated the Pride event may seem repetitive from year to year, we’d like to remind you that it’s basically an excuse to dance like crazy and drink copious amounts of alcohol in the middle of the street. Need we say any more? – more info 

August 7: Bad Manners – Buster Bloodvessel leads this troop of ska spouting musicians into Brudenell for their 40th anniversary tour – more info

August 9: Henry Parker – Sick of mental music venues bursting your ear drums? Go watch Henry Parker performing his delicate folk tunes at the Headingley Arts Centre – more info

August 9: Thundercat – From Los Angeles to Leeds, Stephen Bruner, a.k.a Thundercat, has toured the world to bring you a night of pure bass anthems – more info 

August 13: Gigging in the Name Of – Milo’s bar is open to everyone over the age of 18 on this day, for absolutely free, and featuring a host of bands including Neon Dolls in aid of the Macmillan cancer charity – more info

August 15: The Oh Hellos – Texan two-piece bring their creative folk-rock blend to Brudenell – more info

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August 18: Inside Out family screening – The Thackray Medical museum are putting on a one-off special screening for parents and family alike, so if you haven’t seen it, now’s your chance – more info

August 19: The North Leeds Food Festival – The annual event takes place in Roundhay Park in mid August – more info

August 20: Secret Wedding Sale – Want a wedding dress on the cheap, so you can tie the knot without breaking the bank? The secret wedding sale is the place for you – more info

August 22: Sister Act Live – Alexandra Burke stars in the theatrical re-imagining of the 1992 movie – more info

August 24: Silver Apples – Brudenell presents an evening of psychedelic riffs and distorted tunes, all held together by Silver Apples’ cool personas – more info

August 24: Tears of the Black Tiger – The final screening in Seven Artspace’s cult movie summer series promises to be just as rewarding as the rest – more info

August 25: They Will Have to Kill Us First – Left Bank Leeds are set to screen the documentary on Malian musicians clashing with Islamic extremism, and it’s an eye opener – more info 

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August 26: The Take That Experience – It’s not quite Gary Barlow, but it’s the next best thing – more info

August 28: Marshmello – Heavy electronic dance mixes from DJ and producer Marshmello await ravers who make it to Leeds’ O2 Academy in late August – more info

August 27: The BFG – Screening at Hyde Park Picture House, Speilberg’s newest cinematic venture comes to the heart of studenty Leeds – more info


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