2019 is swiftly moving on by and the roaring 20s are almost upon us again, but before we get into the swing of the 21st century’s answer to the jazz era, there are still some amazing Yorkshire festivals left to attend around Leeds, and there is something for everyone.


Leeds Fest


Let’s face it, you’ve heard of Leeds Fest. It’s hard to avoid. Taking place this weekend (23-25 August), it is on of the biggest festivals in Leeds, if not the biggest. The sister festival to Reading, Leeds Fest boasts a line-up that rivals Glastonbury across a multitude of stages and genres. Each day, the line-up is different to the one before with Friday’s headliners The Foo Fighters destined to get the party started for the weekend. Other acts set to perform this weekend will take you back to your angsty teenage years with groups like: Enter Shikari, Mayday Parade, and The Wombats. But if that’s not your taste, don’t worry, there’s something for everyone. Other acts include: Bastille, Charli XCX, Kim Petras, CHVRCHES, The 1975, and Post Malone to name but a few.


The Black Music Festival


The Black Music Festival at Potternewton Park is happening this Sunday, too, so there is an abundance of music in Leeds this weekend. Happening on Sunday, The Black Music Festival, formerly known as Leeds Reggae Concert, is Europe’s largest open-air reggae concert and to top it off, it is absolutely free to attend. What more do want on August Bank Holiday? Starting at 11am and running through to 8pm, The Black Music Festival is a day-long celebration of reggae, RnB, Hip Hip, and more, brought to you by hosts Fluid Irie, Esta Yemaya, and White Yardie with headliners Etana and Donae’o. Performances will take place across three different stages and will also include DJ sets, as well as providing a platform for local unsigned artists, giving them a platform to showcase their talent. Stalls will be open selling local food and goods (and rum punch, of course), and it’s set to be great family day out in the park.

Otley Folk Festival


If you’re tired out by this weekend’s events, don’t worry, you have a month to recuperate before the Otley Folk Festival which is taking place across six different venues from the 20-22nd September. After panic of a shortage of venues at the start of the year, everything is now looking rosy for the Otley Folk Festival as The Black Horse has been bought and refurbished by Brudenell Social Club and Kirkstall Brewery. As well as a range of music across the three days, there is also traditional Morris Dancing taking place, crafts, workshops, and street performers. The event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased from the festival’s website and if you’re not local and are wanting to stay over, there are a range of nearby campsites ready to welcome you for the weekend.


Mint Festival


If the Folk Festival isn’t your scene, or you just need more time to rest, then a week later there is  Mint Festival, Yorkshire’s biggest electronic festival, hits the airport at RAF Church Fenton on 28th September, yet another of the unmissable events in Leeds. And there’s more good news! If you live Church Fenton or Ulleskelf, Mint Festival are running a guest list for you to get in for free. DJ sets will be across four arenas: Area 51, Elrow, The Terminal, and The Bunker, with setlists by the likes of Gorgon City, Ussy, and Seth Troxler, with an array of special guests yet to be confirmed. If the day hasn’t worn you out and you’re still up for more, the official afterparty starts straight away back in the city at Mint Warehouse to keep you going through the night to make the most of some of the best music in Leeds.


Damnation Festival


Finally, hitting us in November is Damnation Festival: a one-day heavy metal festival at the University of Leeds. Happening on 2nd November, Damnation will see 28 acts perform across four stages at the Students’ Union. It is going to be loud! Acts include the likes of Venom Prison, Lord Dying, Gost, and Opeth amongst many, many more. Taking place over just one day, there is a lot to pack in! Damnation originally started in Manchester but came to Leeds for its tenth anniversary in 2014 and we’re lucky to host it. Bringing in acts and revellers alike from across the globe, Damnation keeps getting bigger and bigger, becoming a monolithic force to be reckoned with each year the weekend after Hallowe’en – a brilliant way to round off the end of half-term or reading week.


There’s plenty of good quality music still left to see this year, so be sure to head to one of these amazing festivals before 2019 is no more!