A relative newcomer to the Leeds gig scene wastes no time in kickstarting January with shows on the evenings of the 1st and 2nd. Louie and A Standard Model bring opening day sounds and the latter open day two too, in a six hour line up that also takes in M.I., Hannah Slavin, and ends with art-rappers Ceiling Demons. Niche nights continue through the month, including the final Think Tank at this venue and electronic fundraiser for refugees Focus4Hope. Plus afternoon workshops and talks add even more, including fab female conversation from Cafe Feministique.
In the same area, one place that has been here for about a hundred years longer, is Hyde Park Picture House. They’re always ace film listings start the year with The Favourite and move on to other excellent independent offerings at this excellent independent cinema. There’s True North’s The Story of Song, Creatures of the Night’s Assassination Nation, and BYOBaby’s Beautiful Boy, ensuring all tastes and lifestyles are catered for, day and night. This historic theatre is a delight to visit and a perfect place to nestle into in the month of January.
Over in Chapel Allerton, Seven Arts is filling the month with an equally diverse mix of all day offerings in its relaxed environment. This ranges between daytime children storytelling and evening economic and science discussions, as well as an abundance of live music, film nights, comedy and theatre. The sounds veer between jazz, Americana, flamenco and more, and the visions move from dark dramas to light comedy. We suggest you check the listings to find which you fancy.
Still north of the city centre, HEART (Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre) has regular groups, classes, exhibitions and events, for all who wish to attend, whether resident or visitor. In January, highlights of their many listings include a talk tailored to Leeds ‘Unlocking Sustainable Cities’, Women’s Voices In Film showing Hidden Figures with intro and outro talks, salsa dance group Los Camaradas, and regular music nights of acoustic, jazz and classical. Phew!
If you were thinking of a quiet January, think again.