What’s on this July

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It’s the new month of reopening and we’re ready to welcome in a time of eased COVID-19 restrictions. But even before 19th July, our vibrant city has plenty to offer. Here’s a list of five things to get stuck into this month in Leeds:

Secret Forest Party

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If you’re looking for a music event with a little more ‘mystique’ then look no further – the secret forest party is taking place on 3rd July, playing a mix of techno, ancestral and ethnic house music for you to get your groove on. From 9pm til 4pm, the event will take place at a secret forest location just 15 minutes from the city centre.

We’ve teamed up to bring you both the established and rising stars of the Leeds music scene, providing a wide range of beats and the opportunity to discover something new. The night will be a self-proclaimed journey of “madness and mayhem”, so get your dancing shoes ready and prepare for a musical adventure in the woodland.

Comedy in the Park

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We all deserve a little light relief after the past 18 months, and nothing could be better than some outdoor laughs at the UK’s biggest outdoor comedy event, coming to Leeds on 23rd July. With the exceptional line-up, you’re guaranteed a good time with acts including John Bishop, Rob Beckett Al Murray and Katherine Ryan visiting our very own Temple Newsam.

Tickets for the event last all day, so buckle up and get your money’s worth as you can spend the day in the beautiful backdrop of our Leeds park, lounging in the sun, with access to street food vendors and bars providing all the refreshments you could possibly need. There are even VIP packages available for those who want to go the extra mile after so long indoors.

Club Classical Anthems in Leeds

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Due to uncertainties in COVID-19 guidelines, this event is currently under review, but even if the 24th July date has to be postponed, it’s still well worth keeping your eye on this one! Headed up by John Newman, get ready to party to some of the best dancefloor and club anthems of all time right here in our city centre.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a twist! All the famous songs will be performed by a 60-piece symphony orchestra, playing these classics as you’ve never heard them before. The line-up includes live performances of hit songs including Feel The Love, Ride on Time and More Than Friends and will feature hits from the past 30 years, with songs from Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, David Guetta, Rudimental, Swedish House Mafia and many more!

Leeds Beer and Music Festival

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Taking place on 10th July from 1pm til 11:30, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday in our wonderful city! As well as various types of beer, the festival caters to all tastes and has a wide offering of ciders, prosecco, gins and soft drinks, as well as plenty of hot food to keep your energy levels high for the obligatory bound on the bouncy castles.

With the setlist yet to be announced, you can rely on there being some old classics and some new discoveries to ensure you never get bored of the musical lineup. And if you’re a bit apprehensive of our British summertime weather, panic not! Large marquees are on standby if some drizzle tries to rain on the parade. Tickets are only £10 per adult, including a complimentary festival glass and a free pint to get you going!

Leeds Wine Festival

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But if beer’s not your thing, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with the Leeds Wine Festival, taking place from 2-4th July. For those with a more expensive taste, get ready for a bespoke festival of masterclasses and wine tasting, also including a selection of music, food and art. For a personal experience, you will be guided through a personal wine journey, culminating in a trip to the in-house bottle shop where you can make your own selection based on everything you have learnt and experienced.

There are also areas to commune with friends, family, or simple like-minded wine-sippers to discuss your discoveries and experiences as you listen to music and tuck into any of the selection of foods provided, including a cheese-board shop and various food stalls.   

Written by: Melissa Watson

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