Leeds is wide-awake around the clock. There’s a huge range of live music in hundreds of venues around the city. Whether you’re into house, dub-step, indie, rock, hip hop, techno, funk, soul, folk, punk, jazz or classical, it’s all waiting for you here. The new Leeds Arena has recently opened and there is also the O2 Academy, the Wardrobe, Stylus, The HiFi Club, Nation of Shopkeepers, and more—including the charming Brudenell Social Club, recently voted Best Small Venue in the North East by NME.

And every August bank holiday, Leeds Fest attracts around 75,000 people to see world-famous and up-­and-coming bands (it recently featured Foals, Rudimental, Mumford & Sons). We’re also home to Leeds West Indian Carnival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Pride, Hyde Park Unity Day, Leeds Print Festival, Recon and the Beacons Metro festival, and many more.

Leeds is also very serious about food: we even have an annual Leeds Loves Food festival. There are restaurants and take-aways for every budget and every taste bud, from the good old Yorkshire pudding to mouth-watering Asian and African restaurants and Michelin-starred fine-dining.