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LOOM: A Weekend of Words, Music, Art & Comedy at Sunny Bank Mills



This May Bank Holiday weekend Sunny Bank Mills have teamed up with Trouble at Mill to put together LOOM, a superb line-up of words, music, theatre art and comedy.

The weekend is split into three shifts, each offering its own unique flavor.

On Saturday night, Trouble at Mill (27 May, 7PM) welcomes the touring version of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s The Damned United, which adapts David Peace’s acclaimed novel to tell the story of Brian Clough’s 44 days as manager of Leeds United. They’re joined by virtuoso guitarist Aziz Abrihim, who has toured with well known bands and musicians across the world including The Stone Roses, Simply Red and Paul Weller.

Sunday sees the whole mill taken over for The Afternoon Shift (28 May, 11AM – 5PM). A handpicked selection of speakers, musicians and artists includes Andy Kershaw (former Radio 1 DJ), writers Alice Nutter (The Accused) and Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders), Dunstan Bruce (Chumbawamba), James Brown (former editor of Loaded & GQ), Testament (World Record holding beatboxer), Zodwa Nyoni (Ode to Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse) and many more.

Food is provided by Bear’s Pantry, who is resident at the Mill. There’ll also be the Kraftwerks Makers Market, The Rose & Brown Vintage Fair, print making workshops and a chance to visit the mill’s archive to learn more about its fascinating history.


On Sunday night things are rounded off with plenty as laughs courtesy of comedy special Chuckle at Mill (28 May, 8PM). Headlining is Tom Wrigglesworth, who’s appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Now Show and The Infinite Monkey Cage. He’s supported by anarchic physical comedian Wes Zaharuk and music is courtesy of Maia, playing their very own brand of swaggering harmonic sci-fi folk.


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Green Film Festival Screening at Hyde Park This Week

This Thursday, May 4th, as part of the UK Green Film Festival, Hyde Park Picture House is screening ‘How To Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change’, the new film from Josh Fox.

Best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of Gasland, Josh Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development.

‘How To Let Go of the World’… follows Josh to 12 countries to investigate the greatest threat our world has ever known in his deeply personal style. Traveling to six different continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences, but asks what is so deep within us that climate change can’t destroy?





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Leeds Flamenco Festival


The Leeds Flamenco Festival, an annual event organised by Arts@Trinity and Instituto Cervantes, is taking place at Holy Trinity Church Leeds (LS1 6HW) on 26th -27th May.

For the past four years, the Leeds Flamenco Festival has brought the world’s best flamenco artists to the city and this year is no exception. The concert program will feature the internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juan Martín and his dance trio on Friday 26th May, as well as community performances and flamenco workshops on Saturday 27th.

There are still Standard and Economy tickets available, but they are selling fast! You can book by calling Jumbo Records on 0113 245 5570, or by following the link below which has further information.

Link to Festival Information  

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Hot 8 Brass Band Rocks The Wardrobe


 New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band, who thankfully seem to be becoming regular visitors to Leeds, kicked off the long Easter weekend in their customary funky style by tearing the roof off the sucka at The Wardrobe last Thursday evening.

Playing non-stop with a high-energy set that spanned more than two hours, the band kept the crowd moving with their distinctive takes on funk, soul and hip-hop classics, including their stunning version of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing which has become their calling card.

Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8’s party rocking sound and indomitable energy have become renowned across the world. The band has performed with a wide range of artists, from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def, and their incredible story was featured in Spike Lee’s two New Orleans documentaries When The Levee Broke and The Creek Don’t Rise. They played themselves in David Simon’s hit series Treme, and in 2013, were nominated for a Grammy award for their album The Life and Times Of…

One of the great New Orleans acts, Hot 8 has overcome a daunting series of trials and tribulations. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the separate deaths of five of their band members, and the horror of trumpeter Terrell “Burger” Batiste losing his legs in a car crash, conspired to test these men almost to breaking point.

They honour their fallen friends and help to work towards the future of their community by putting their energies into positive projects at home as well as touring as much as possible. They march together and they play their music – a rambunctious yet elegant and super-tight mix of jazz, funk and hip hop – not merely as though, but because their lives depend on it.

One of the funkiest groups from the New Orleans scene, Hot 8 Brass Band continue to win over audiences with their old school street brass approach, fusing it with some harder, funkier currents in the process. Their approach is super-fresh, super-unique, and widely appealing. Like a good-time juggernaut, you’re likely to hear them juxtapose roof-raising originals with fresh versions of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, The Specials or Basement Jaxx.

With Hot 8 you’re guaranteed a great night. Be sure not to miss out the next time these guys come to town.

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Thriller Moonwalks into Leeds



Moonwalking direct from the West End – where it is now in its record-breaking eighth year –  Thriller Live, the spectacular concert that celebrates the career of Michael Jackson, hits Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th April.

Created as a tribute to the career of possibly the world’s greatest entertainer, Thriller Live has been seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, taking audiences on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history.

Over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco and a highly talented cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves with flair, precision and passion.

The show includes hits I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller and many more.

Tickets (£19.50 to £35) are available from Box Office on 0844 848 2700 or online at


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Found Footage Festival Returns to Hyde Park Picture House


Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are bringing their Found Footage Festival back to the Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 25th March, starting at 9pm.

Volume 8 of their latest live show, features newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters across the US.

Nick and Joe, whose credits include The Onion and The Late Show with David Letterman, began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, ‘Inside and Outside Custodial Duties’ at a McDonald’s in Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos.

This year’s highlights include a collection of satanic panic videos from the 80s including ‘The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults’, outtakes and on-air bloopers from North Dakota local news, and a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell. There will also be highlights from David Letterman’s Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when he retired.

“Some of the funniest events we’ve ever held here are thanks to the brilliant Found Footage Festival”, says Wendy Cook, General Manager at the Hyde Park Picture House. “So we’re so excited to welcome Joe and Nick back to Leeds and cannot wait to see what hilarious gems they’ve unearthed for us this time around!”

Tickets are £12 and booking is advisable via 0113 275 2045 or



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Young Musicians Take to the Stage with Trombonist Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins      Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Dennis Rollins Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Young musicians from schools around Harrogate and Leeds will take to the stage alongside acclaimed jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins on Friday 24th March, 7pm at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

Dennis Rollins is well known on the British and international jazz scene and will bring his unique style to GSAL for a lively day of music making, culminating with an evening performance.

Around fifty pupils aged 11-18 from GSAL, Harrogate Grammar School, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Crawshaw Academy and Garforth Academy have been invited to form an ensemble for the day. Comprising saxophones, brass and rhythm sections, they will be led by Dennis in creating a programme to showcase at the concert, alongside numbers performed by Dennis himself.

Dennis grew up in Bentley, Doncaster, and developed his musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He is celebrated for his versatile and powerful approach to trombone playing and high-energy jazz-funk repertoire as well as his own take on more traditional tunes.

He has earned numerous accolades, including Trombonist of the Year at the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards; British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist and the prestigious cross-Parliamentary Jazz Educator Award. He has performed with some of the world’s top jazz and pop acts, including Quincy Jones, the Jazz Warriors, Courtney Pine, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Blur and Maceo Parker. He is also a formidable bandleader of jazz-funk outfit Badbone & Co and Velocity Trio.

The concert is open to all and tickets cost £7/£5 – available online at or on the door.


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Student Jazz Night to Benefit Breast Cancer Haven

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club at The Grammar School at Leeds is holding a special gig to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, on Friday 17th March, 7.30pm in the school’s theatre foyer.

Talented student vocalists will team up with a professional jazz ensemble consisting of Adrian Knowles (double bass), Jason Scott (piano), Alex Hogg (guitar), and Gordon Kilroy (drums). As well as classics from the Great American Songbook, there will be interpretations of familiar pop tunes.

Sponsored by Daleside Brewery, this is the second year that the Jazz Club at GSAL has raised funds for Breast Cancer Haven, which exists to improve the quality of life for people affected by breast cancer by providing emotional, practical and physical support.

Tickets (£7/£5) are available from



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Gamers in 24-hour Charity Challenge



William Merritt Centre Gamers, are gearing up for a charity challenge on 24th – 25th February, to raise money for people with disabilities. They will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast17, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity SpecialEffect, which uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

The William Merritt Centre, was established 35 years ago to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible. It is the only such centre in Leeds and is the largest in the region. It provides impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for people with a disability.

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre also adapts toys so people with a disability can use them. They also adapt controllers so that everyone can play computer games, and regularly host sessions where people play games.

Anyone can go along and take part in the event. More information regarding GameBlast17 can be found at To sponsor the team, visit


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Camille O’Sullivan’s ‘Carny Dream’ at City Varieties




Award winning singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan brings her new show The Carny Dream to Leeds City Varieties on March 12th.

The French-Irish songstress is one of the country’s most celebrated artists and is taking her unique and enchanting performances on tour in the spring of 2017.

Camille O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s most exciting performers who enjoys a formidable international reputation for her dramatic interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. As much a storyteller as a singer, chameleon-like on stage, her performances are sometimes heartrending, occasionally mischievous but always a spine-tingling, exhilarating carousel ride. With her voice ranging from emotive rock to vulnerable whisper, Camille is fierce, playful and totally mesmerizing, transforming each song she interprets into a gripping theatrical experience. In this new show she has been inspired by the strange, magical, dark and light world of Circus and dreams, asking herself ‘where are you now and what did you dream?’

Camille has performed to audiences at London’s O2, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. She returned to London’s  Roundhouse Theatre last year performing her show to a sold out crowd.

She has won numerous awards and garnered attention with a scene stealing performance on BBC Two’s Later…with Jools Holland (which lead her to support him at Royal Albert Hall). Camille was also chosen by Yoko One to perform John Lennon’s Double Fantasy alongside Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux at Meltdown 2014.



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