26 exciting events to look forward to in Leeds this September
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Fear not, Leeds folk. Before the barbecues make way for bowls of soup and you dig out that dreaded winter coat once more, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the very best of our city while warmth is still around.

From the return of the Roundhay Park concert to the fifth International Beer Festival, check out our pick of the most exciting events to look forward to in Leeds this month.

September 1: Midge Ure – Leeds’s newest (and one of its finest) events spaces arrives with a bang as Aspire welcomes the Ultravox front man for an evening of song and chat, along with a three course meal courtesy of Mastershef finalist Tom Rennolds – more info

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September 4: Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon – The Charlatans’ enigmatic leader has teamed up with New Yorker Peter Gordon to record an eagerly-awaited new album. The start of the month sees an opportunity to see it in all its live, unbridled glory right here in Leeds – more info

September 6 – 10: Wuthering Heights – Theatre your thing? The Playhouse is putting on four nights of breathtaking classic, Wuthering Heights. That’s right – Bronte in Leeds. It doesn’t get much more Yorkshire – more info

September 7: Sticky Fingers – The iconic Aussie reggae-indie quintet arrive in Leeds to light up a Wednesday night at The Brudenell – more info

September 8: One More Time With Feeling – A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik, One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – more info

September 8 – 11: Leeds International Beer Festival – Oh yes, it’s back with a vengeance. Leeds International Beer Festival arrives at the Town Hall in all its glory with hundreds of beers in its arsenal – more info

September 9: The Funk Lockers – Funk and soul go hand in hand at one of Leeds’s most underrated live music venues, The Duck & Drake – more info

September 10: The Fall of Troy – Washington punk rock comes to Leeds on the 10th at The Key Club – more info

September 13: Gary Numan – Andriod In La La Land – Gary Numan needs no introduction. Asperger’s syndrome helped forge Numan’s ambition, his music and image, but it brought problems. This documentary examines his condition – more info

September 14-18: FriendsFest – Friends obsessives should be aware that the UK’s very first festival of all things Central Perk is arriving at Harewood House in the middle of the month – more info


September 15: The Beatles – Eight Days A Week – With exclusive and unseen footage, this is a unique celebration of how the most-loved band of all time changed music and popular culture forever – more info

September 15: Good Beer Guide Launch – CAMRA’s guide to all things beer arrives in the middle of the month, and to launch it they welcome all beer lovers to Kirkstall Brewery Tap to sample the fruits of their labours – more info

September 15-29: World Curry Festival – Though mainly set in and around our near neighbours Bradford, the World Curry Festival steps into Leeds this month, too, and it’s not one to miss – more info

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September 17: Primal Scream – Live music returns to Roundhay Park for the first time in a decade as Primal Scream take the stage, with support from James and Wolf Alice among others – more info

September 17-18: Al Murray – This national treasure is in his post-Brexit element, and stops off in Leeds on a whirlwind UK tour – more info

September 20: The Sherlocks – One of Yorkshire’s most talked about indie bands arrive at The Wardrobe to build on an enormous cult following – more info

September 20: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Czech New Wave gem, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, weaves a heady mix of fantasy, fairy tale, gothic horror and surrealism at the Hyde Park theatre – more info

September 21: Shappi Khorsandi – A trailblazing touring comedian, Live At The Apollo starlet, Shappi, brings her razor-sharp wit to the City Varieties – more info

September 24: Kamikaze Girls – This riotous independent outfit fuse synth pop with ’90s girl punk, producing enigmatic results – more info

September 25: Miles Jupp – Everybody’s favourite uber-posho comic is back, and ready to take on Leeds with his sharp delivery and deadpan stylings – more info

September 25: The Enemy – The world wobbled for millennials everywhere when Coventry indie pugilists The Enemy announced that they were calling it a day earlier this month. You can get your last Leeds taste of them later this month – more info

September 27: MC Devvo – Referred to as ‘the biggest chav in Yorkshire’ and ‘the vilest man in Britain’, rapper MC Devvo is hanging up his microphone after this final retirement tour – more info

September 27: Comedy Bang! Bang! – Comedy Bang! Bang! is one of the UK’s favourite podcasts, and it is on tour this September, recording a special live performance at the Hyde Park Picture House – more info

September 28 – October 15: Sleuth – The ultimate game of cat and mouse, Sleuth is a Tony award‑winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer where nothing is quite as it seems – more info

September 28: Kell – Leeds’s freshest indie mob head up a quartet of acts – including Dusk and Peakes – for an evening of soft psychedelic indie – more info

September 30: UB40 – The legendary ska trailblazers arrive in our fine town to tear up the O2 Academy, before club night Savage kicks in to take you into October – more info


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