Leeds Gig Selection: September 2013

After a slight lull for the festival season Leeds is brimming with some huge gigs and plenty of exciting intimate ones too (medium sized ones are also available).

After its grandstand opening with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launching the venue Leeds Arena will now become a regular feature. In September three world renowned acts will grace the venue. First up is Elton John on the 4th then only three days later it is Leonard Cohen and towards the end of the month Rod Stewart plays, on the 24th. Equally as highly anticipated is Kaiser Chiefs homecoming gig there on the 13th.

With all these high profile gigs looking likely to sell out the other established venues in town also have plenty of high quality offerings. The O2 Academy has a particularly strong line-up this month with some of the highlights being Jimmy Eat World on the 15th and Miles Kane on the 27th. The main event at the O2 this month has to be Babyshambles on the 6th as Pete Doherty and his colleagues return to promote the release of their new album Sequel To The Prequel.

The Cockpit will be showcasing a fine array of emerging talent and established favourites. Alongside London, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow The Cockpit, on the 13th, is one of only five UK venues that Texan rockers The Black Angels have picked to play in promotion of their latest album. The night before The Black Angels sees Barnsley’s finest export since coal Exit Calm playing as part of their UK tour before their eagerly awaited album is released in October. They round their busy month off with one of the rising stars of the indie scene Swim Deep on the 19th.

The smaller capacity venues also have some really exciting acts lined up with Post War Glamour Girls playing at Nation Of Shopkeepers on the 4th, The 1975 at Stylus on the 23rd and Castrovalva playing The Library on the 27th. Any gig at Brudenell Social Club is always worth checking out as they always book quality acts, the three highlights of their month have to be Jon Gomm on the 13th, Sky Larkin on the 23rd and Tim Burgess on the 30th.