Briggate to stage weekend of free entertainment

Live at Leeds stage on Briggate

Leeds’ most prominent street is set to host a huge weekend of free music from some of the city’s best entertainment brains.

A collaboration between Trinity Leeds, Live at Leeds, South Asian Arts and the inaugural Leeds International Festival will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, providing a packed programme of musical performances in the heart of the city centre.

The weekend begins with Trinity Leeds offering Live at Leeds music fans the chance to beat the queues on the Saturday and pick up their Live at Leeds wristbands a day early at Trinity Kitchen from 4-8pm on Friday 28 April.

This is the only place you can pick up wristbands before the event and means you can jump straight into the music on Saturday.

Dan Wharton, marketing manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “This will be the first chance for Live at Leeds fans to pick up their wristbands, and they’re invited for the whole evening. “Not only can they get their wristbands before anyone else, but they can make a night of it with special discounts and offers at Trinity Kitchen.

“The first 50 visitors will also get a free beer from North Brewing Co. Make sure you don’t miss out!”

Live at Leeds and Trinity Kitchen will host the large outdoor stage on the Saturday, which will feature performances from some of the North’s most promising young bands. The likes of Leeds electronic-pop trio Laminate Pet Animal, Manchester indie-rockers Affairs and Bradford’s Glass Mountain all appearing on the stage over the weekend.

As part of Leeds International Festival, the Briggate stage will be transformed into a World Music Stage on the Sunday, curated in collaboration with the Leeds based South Asian Arts.

Performing on the World Music Stage will be artists including Rafiki Jazz, Samay, New World Steel Pan Orchestra, Legacy Tabla Ensemble, The Irish Connection & The Lamin & African Roots Band.

Like last year the stage will be free to all on both days and offers an opportunity for everyone in and visiting Leeds to experience a taste of the live music experience that thousands of festival goers will be enjoying in venues all-across the city that weekend.

Andrew Cooper, chair of Leeds International Festival and Chief Executive of LeedsBID, which is funding the festival, said: “The Briggate stage is the centrepiece for the music strand of the first Leeds International Festival, bringing a diverse range of live music right into the heart of the city centre.

“Over one weekend, the free for all stage hosts the home-grown award winning Live at Leeds, showcasing established and emerging talent, while also becoming a World Music Stage, celebrating international musical influences in collaboration with local organisations Leeds West Indian Carnival, during its 50th year in existence, and South Asian Arts.”

Keranjeet Kaur Virdee, CEO and artistic director of South Asian Arts, said: “SAA-uk are excited to be working alongside Leeds International Festival to present World Music Stage in the heart of the city as part of their inaugural festival.

“Proud to be supporting Leeds and Yorkshire talent who we feel represent the power of creative, diverse and culturally rich music of today. This is a chance for everyone to immerse themselves in music the combines folk, jazz and Indian music to create a vibe is Leeds own unique take on World Music.

“Witness the meeting of flamenco, Arabic and eastern European strings with Indian rhythmical patterns and discover the beauty of language as Urdu, Punjabi and Hebrew unite with Sufi-ism, improvisation and century old tradition. You won’t believe that some these vibes have come right out of Leeds!.”

Limited tickets are available for Live at Leeds as the festival sees multi-award winning Rag ‘n’ Bone Man headline the festival with a huge 200 bands performing at over 20 stages in the city.


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