We’re slowly but surely ticking the days off our calendars here as we look forward to the arrival of summer and the much anticipated festival season. On the horizon you can just about make out those swarming crowds, buzzing speakers, and plenty of sunnies and bucket hats. This year promises to be a good one for the festival scene, with a huge selection of music, food, and cultural celebrations making their way to Leeds this summer.

To help you navigate the endless list of festivals and events in the city, we’ve created a guide to some of the hottest tickets in town, including all the old favourites as well as some fresh-faced newcomers. With so many different events going on in and around Leeds in the next few months, there’s no excuse not to get outside and have a great time this festival season!


Slam Dunk Festival

3rd June | Temple Newsam | Tickets: £90-100*
Bringing the biggest and best of pop punk, emo, and metal to the city centre, Slam Dunk Festival takes over Temple Newsam on Friday 3rd June this year, marking 16 years since it first called the city home. Expect huge riffs and plenty of mosh pits as the likes of Neck Deep, Sum41 and Deaf Havana head to the park this summer, as well as loads of incredible local acts represented in the line-up.

Live @ Leeds in the Park

4 June | Temple Newsam | Tickets: £60-80*
After years of experience bringing the best new indie & alternative acts to the city centre, Live @ Leeds is launching a brand new one-day festival to Temple Newsam this year. Including headline sets from Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, and Arlo Parks, the line-up promises to bring international talent to the city alongside loads of amazing local talent, representing the very best of the Leeds music scene.

Made in Leeds Festival

4 June | Church Fenton Airfield | Tickets: £30-40*
Taking over Church Fenton Airfield for a bank holiday spectacular, Made in Leeds Festival looks absolutely huge this year, with some huge global acts taking part in the celebrations. This year’s headliners includes the likes of Craig David’s TS5, MK, and Hannah Wants, all guaranteed to bring huge beats and good times to the three mega arenas.

Long Division Festival

11 June | Wakefield Venues | Tickets: £30-40*
Bringing over 70 alternative and independent artists to Wakefield City Centre, Long Division Festival is a fantastic celebration of live music all across the city. This year’s line-up will be split across nine amazing venues and will feature performances from the likes of Sea Power, Field Music, and The Howl & The Hum, as well as an opening talk from none other than the poet laureate, Simon Armitage.

Ilkley Food & Drink Festival

11-12 June | East Holmes Field | Tickets: £5-10*
After a bumper celebration in 2021, Ilkley Food & Drink Festival is returning to its riverside location in 2022, with a whole host of food and drink stallholders signing up to take part. There’s bound to be plenty to see and do across the entire weekend, including demonstrations, cookery classes, tastings, and music, as well as a whole heap of incredible food and drink traders selling their wares.

Great Yorkshire Vegan Market

12 June | Leeds Kirkgate Market | Tickets: £5*
Bringing some of the very best vegan food and drink traders to the city centre, Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival will be taking over Kirkgate Market on the 12th of June. With over eighty fantastic stalls set to take part, this celebration of all things vegan is bound to go down a storm with local foodies – whether
they’re vegan or not!

Let’s Rock Leeds

25 June | Temple Newsam | Tickets: £50-60*
Part of a series of festivals across the UK, Let’s Rock Leeds brings some of the best artists from the 80s back to the stage for a huge celebration of all things retro. With an impressive line-up featuring Billy Ocean, WET WET WET, and Tom Bailey, those heading to the park this year are in for a jam-packed day of
throwback fun, with plenty of fancy dress thrown in.


Mardi Gras Festival

2 July | Roundhay Park | Tickets: £50*
Following an incredible debut last year, Mardi Gras Festival is set to return to Roundhay Park for another massive day full of house and dance anthems. With a brand-new location within the park, and two new stages to show off, this year’s festival promises to go off with a bang. Expect to see the likes of Clean Bandit, Joel Corry, and Raye working the crowds into new levels of excitement this July.

Newsam Park Festival

9 July | Newsam Park | Tickets: £60*
After the famous ‘Cocoon in the Park’ came to a close in 2019, the organisers launched Newsam Park Festival to continue the legacy of house and techno music in the city. Joining the line-up in 2022 will be none other than Jamie Jones, Mall Grab, Jayda G, and Chaos in the CBD, alongside a whole heap of local and international talent. With state-of-the-art stage production and incredible parkland surroundings, this is an all-dayer that’s not to be missed.

Ska & Mod Festival

31 July | Millennium Square | Tickets: £35*
This year, Millennium Square will play host to outdoor performances from some excellent ska & mod artists, including The Selecter, The Neville Staple Band, and The Chords UK. The city centre festival will bring together mod and ska fans from far and wide for a brilliant afternoon of live music, featuring an array of popular hits and DJ sets.


Bingley Weekender

5-7 August | Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club | Tickets: £70-£140*
Guaranteed to be one of the biggest events of the summer, Bingley Weekender is returning to Bradford and Bingley Rugby Club from the 5th of August, and they’ve got an enormous line-up in tow. The headliners for this year’s event include Rag’n’Bone Man, The Libertines, and Pixies, with many, many more taking the stage throughout the weekend. Ticket options are available for all three dates, as well as weekend tickets and camping options for those wishing to get the full experience.

Riverside Food & Drink Festival

6-7 August | Wetherby Ings | £5-10*
Brand new for 2022, the Riverside Food & Drink Festival will be a celebration of all things foodie, set amongst the glorious green surroundings of Wetherby Ings. From street food and stalls, to live demos and independent drinks, there’s bound to be something for everyone, no matter what they’re into. Stick around throughout the weekend to sample some of the great produce on offer and soak up the summer atmosphere.

Brighter Days Festival

12 August | Temple Newsam | Tickets: £25* (Pre-sale)
An all new one-dayer is heading to Temple Newsam this August, promising to deliver an authentic taste of Ibiza to the Leeds estate. Hosted by the infamous Kevin & Perry, this celebration of electronic music features two huge stages, including sets from Faithless, Kings of Tomorrow, and Roger Sanchez, with many more acts set to bring the summer sun to the park.

Leeds Festival

26-28 August | Bramham Park | Tickets: £95* (Day Only)
An event that needs no introduction, the mighty Leeds festival is back again for another year of mayhem and massive tunes. As you’d expect, the line-up is jam-packed full of incredible international artists, with the headliners for this year’s festival including Rage Against The Machine, Dave, and the legendary Arctic Monkeys. Tickets have been flying out for months, and while weekend tickets are now completely sold out, you can still grab day tickets for the Friday and Saturday, but don’t wait around any longer!

*Ticket prices are all rough figures. While correct at the time of writing, they may change or sell out at any point.

Images: Made in Leeds Festival, Slam Dunk, Leeds Festival, Ilkley Food and Drink Festival, Live at Leeds.