Friday, 19 December 2008

Sham 69 playing in Leeds

Veteran punk legends, Sham 69 will be playing at Carpe Diem in Leeds on the 1st of March 2009. Tickets cost £6.00 and are available from the bar.

I love the Sham and I can't wait for this one! I wonder if they'd be interested in my Borstall Breakout parody? It starts off in Chester Zoo, and has UN zoo keepers involved in a high speed chase all the way to Betty's Tea Rooms, with the refrain: Can I get a bagel takeout? Its nearly as good as my parody 'God feed the Queen - the fascist baked bean'.

Unfortunately, I have it on good good authority that none of the original band members are in the lineup - shucks!

Anyway get your tickets for Sham 69, and I'll see you in the pit. Let's hope for some classics, like 'Angels with Dirty Face', 'Hurry up Harry', 'Hersham Boys', 'If the Kids are United' e.t.c. e.t.c. It would even be nice to get the sombre and ever so sinister 'Dead Nazi March'. Bring it on (Watch Sham 69 live at the Reading festival in 1978 below)

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Leeds Indian Restaurants - Sheesh Mahal Kirkstall Road

If you are looking for a great Indian Restaurant in Leeds, you could do a lot worse than visiting the Sheesh Mahal on Kirkstall Road. I am a great curry lover, and luckily Leeds has some fabulous curry houses to satisfy my passion for spicy food. The Sheesh Mahal really stands out among these as somewhere where the traditional curry dishes have real flavour, and the staff really go the extra mile to ensure you have a positive dining experience, from giving you good information about the dishes and making recommendation right through to packing up anything you can't eat to take home and even calling a cab for you. The guys at the Sheesh Mahal manage to do this, moreover, without being intrusive. Fabulous!

For other great curries in Leeds, the following also come highly recommended: Curry Corner, Hansas, Nawaab and Akbars Restaurant

Saturday, 29 November 2008

The Wardrobe Leeds - Dining Out in Leeds

It's really hard to get a bad meal out in Leeds, but if you want to be disappointed the Wardrobe seems to have all bases covered. On a recent dinner date, everything started off okay, with a very welcome brandy, but then the menu came. As menus go it was short and to the point, lacklustre and not something that gives much scope for regret over what you didn't order. I plumped for the rib-eyed steak and my date went for the liver and mashed potato. I'm willing to admit that it tasted okay, and the pepper sauce was ok as pepper sauces go, but with a choice of just a garlic sauce or a pepper sauce, this wasn't really much more than £4.99 Brewers Fayre pub grub at three times the price. The portions were tiny - I went through my meal in two minutes flat, and the rib-eyed steak tasted almost exactly the same as the burger meat served at Burger King, and the fries did nothing but compound the similarity.

To top it all off, around five minutes after finishing this god-awful excuse for a dining experience, a bouncer asked us to leave, because we were, eh hem, kissing. Well so sorry to have offended your sensibilities, and you know, well, after having spent more than £70.00 in the Wardrobe in about 45 minutes, I was expecting a little more tolerance. I will evacuate what I ate at your establishment with about as much pleasure as I evacuated the establishment itself. The sense of humour I had when I walked into the Wardrobe was possibly the only positive thing that I took out with me.

I eat out in Leeds at least twice a week and Leeds city centre boasts some excellent restaurants, and I'm barely ever disappointed, but this was just a joke.

I suppose at the end of the day the lesson is that if you want a romantic meal out in Leeds, or even just a decent meal out in Leeds, then stick with what you know and places that are reliably good such as Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Reliance, Hansas, Teppanyaki, Little Tokyo, Salvos, La Tasca, The Millrace or Dos Amigos or even the Slug and Lettuce, Cafe Rouge or Ha Has at a push, and many many more.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Steve Coogan at Grand Theatre Leeds

Steve Coogan will be bringing his 'Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters' comedy tour to the Grand Theatre in Leeds on the 13th and 14th of December

Tickets cost £36.00

The Grand Theatre

46 New Briggate



tel.: 01132226222

Monday, 24 November 2008

Christmas Events in Leeds

Whether you are looking to book an office Christmas party in Leeds, or looking for Christmas events in Leeds now is the time to think about making your bookings and finding the best Christmas venues for some festive fun in Leeds this year.

Office has a great list of venues where you can book office parties in Leeds:
, or you could try looking around the Festive Leeds website ( for events, shows, pantomines, Santas grottoes, Christmas meals out and much more in Leeds this Christmas. You can also find more Christmas venues on the Skiddle website (

See the links below for a few online Christmas shopping ideas.

German Christmas Market Leeds | Christkindelmarkt Leeds

The German Christmas market in Leeds (Christkindelmarkt) is now well underway. The Christmas market is now a well-established and popular Christmas venue in Leeds where you can buy traditional German food such as bratwurst, soups and stollen as well as warm yourself up with a lovely gluhwein or try authentic German beers in one of the many bier kellers. German Xmas decorations, ornaments and nicknacks are also to be found. The Christmas market has a real festive feel to it so why not break off from your Christmas shopping in Leeds city centre and head off for the Christkindelmarkt in Millenium Square for a little taste of a German Christmas.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Leeds Live Music Guide and Leeds Gig Guide

If you're wondering where to find up-to-date information about live music and gigs in Leeds, you could do a lot worse than checking out the Leeds Gig Guide - you can get email, rss, and text message updates about Live music in Leeds, as well as checking back on the website to find out what gigs are coming up.


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Sunday, 2 November 2008

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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Free advertising for Leeds events

If you are running an event in Leeds that you are looking to promote, we are happy to post details of your event on this blog.

Whether you are advertising a live music event or gig, an open mike or comedy night, a fundraising or charity event, theatre, film or even a dating night you can email with details, dates, prices and images, that we can use to market your venue on line.

Leeds 22nd International Film Festival 2008Guide

The full guide to Leeds' 22nd Internation Film Festival in 2008 for what is showing and where will be available from 4pm tomorrow at any of the following locations:

The Carriageworks Box Office, Town Hall, Art Gallery, Tourist Information Centre at the train station, and the Film Festival Centre in The Light, and from 5pm at the Hyde Park Picture House

Tickets for individual films will also go on sale tomorrow. Full passes are already available.

For more information, see the Leeds Film website:

Ladyboys of Bangkok - Millenium Square Leeds

The Ladyboys of Bangkok will be performing at Millenium Square in Leeds from Saturday 11th October to Saturday 25th October at The Sabai Pavilion.

Tickets for the show cost £22.00/ £19.00 - concessions £19.00 and £17.00 (£10 students). To book tickets phone 0871 882 9558

Numbers will include tributes to the Spice Girls, Grease and Moulin Rouge

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Mik Artistik at the Owl cancelled

Unfortunately, Mik Artistik's appearance at the the Owl in Rodley last weekend was cancelled. I haven't seen the comedic gurning loon since the penultimate Caberet Heaven and I was really looking forward to emmersing myself in some of the best silliness to come out of Yorkshire ever - For those who missed it there's a taste of Mik's unique talent from YouTube here showing him at Glastonbury in the CroissantNeuf Field this year.

Kaiser Chiefs in Leeds

The Kaiser Chiefs are in Leeds tonight to launch the all new Leeds Academy. This place used to be the Town and Country club, one of Leeds' best venues for live music and events. Let's hope the Academy lives up to the old T&Cs reputation, as we lost an important part of the Leeds event scene and Leeds student life when the Town and Country went.

The address is New Leeds Academy, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW and tickets are £25.00 if you are lucky enough still to be able to find them.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Classical Fantasia Tickets

Missing Classical Fantasia

Classical Fantasia 2008 is this Sunday at Kirkstall Abbey. The last of the tickets were available between 10-12 this morning at Millenium Square.

This is the first Classical Fantasia that I'll have missed in a few years now, but for anyone still wanting tickets, it might still be possible that a few people on Freecycle will be giving them away, so you can always try there.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

The Mighty Boosh in Leeds this December

I was thrilled to just find out that the Boosh, the Mighty Boosh will be gracing us with their presence in Leeds this December - absolutely crimp-tastic!

Sing me the Soup Song Boosh men -

Soup soup the tasty soup soup

Spicy carrot and coriander

Chill chowder

Crouton crouton

Crunchy friends in a liquid broth

I am gazpacho

I am a summer soup

Miso, Miso

Fighting in the Dojo

Miso, miso

Oriental friends in the land of soup.

The event will be on at the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House from the 8th to 11th of Dec (46 New Briggate, Leeds 0870 121 4901)

Classic times indeed! Have a Boosh-tastic Xmas

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Shakespeare at Kirkstall Abbey cancelled

It is very dissapointing this year that the British Shakespeare Company performances have been cancelled at Kirkstall Abbey due to a lack of funding.

This event is the jewel in the crown of the Leeds events calendar, and the only one that I attend religiously every year, and have done right back since 1998. This year we were all looking forward to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a play for which the company have historically offered up magical performances. The first time I attended this play at the Abbey in 1998 I was enchanted and then again in 2005 and 2006.

The arrival of the British Shakespeare Company to Leeds each year represents the backbone of the Leeds events calendar and puts bigger more populist events such as Opera in the Park and Classical fantasia absolutely in the shade - in my opinion at least.

Don't even get me started on about what Leeds City Council is offering up as alternative entertainment to the Shakespeare festival - eh hem - balloon modelling and face painting. Some real thought went into that one. In fact about as much thought as went into trying to restore the Abbey and make it visitor friendly - you don't put a new roof on a twelfth century abbey, especially when part of the attraction and history underpinning its interest rests in the dissolution of the monasteries and it having its roof pulled off. Its an act of vandalism that effectively erases an important part of our history, and its the same philistine approach to the Abbey that is behind this failure to support the British Shakespeare Company through hard times.

I can't help feeling that Leeds is suffering from something of a cultural crisis at the moment, while many other large cities in the UK are enjoying a cultural renaissance - Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham to name but a few, everything in Leeds seems to be experiencing something of a dull ebb - from the diet of lacklustre theatre offered up by the playhouse, the lack of classical venues, live music and bands that are slim pickings except in really small and well-trodden venues such as Joseph's Well or the Pack Horse and everything else besides. Add to this the demise of Caberet Heaven in 2007 and it all starts to look rather grim.

Ok I admit Opera in the Park is a great evening, and the Leeds Mela is always a great experience, but we seem to be lacking something in high culture and the more avante garde culture that many other cities enjoy in abundance. I'm starting to think that Leeds City Council really needs a kick up the arse, and probably the whole of Leeds needs a kick up the arse before we get any sort of re-awakening - we are becoming a city of shopping and lacklustre wine bars, which is really the equivalent of a small town that has little to offer but musty pubs and charity shops.

Anyway, please show your support for the British Shakespeare Company and Robert J. Williamson here: - they have done us proud for the past twelve years and it would be a terrible shame if they were unable to come back. Bite your thumb at Leeds City Council and let them know just what barren practicers they are.

Here's some of my favorite memories from the performances over the past twleve years -

  • 2006 - Wayne Sleep trying to have a quiet drink in the Vesper Gate pub while being pestered by a semi-sober girl with a voice that sounded like a slab of concrete being dropped on a squeeky toy.

  • Sliding off my chair after mis-judging how much wine I could down by the end of the first interval during Romeo and Juliet in 2006

  • Taking a Mongolian bloodline princess to see The Taming of the Shrew in 2005

  • Robert J. Wiliamson playing Hamlet with a semi-healed broken leg in 2003 - how did he do it and how ironic?

And much much more.

I've always hoped that events like this might be Leeds' passport to extend its repetoire of Reniassance drama beyond Shakespeare and to give us a better taste of the variety of the Renaissance theatre, but no such luck. The playhouse gave us a real treat with the Duchess of Malfi in 2006, as well as (okay its Shakespeare but not performed as much as it deserves) a great adaptation of Cymbeline in October 2006 - but aside from this its been really slim pickings, and now we're going backwards rather than forwards. ho hum, and why does the rain it raineth every day?

Lastly, and before I forget to mention it - just to add a kick in the nuts to a fart in the face - Comedy in the Park 2008 has been cancelled as well.

Monday, 18 August 2008

St Gemma's Hospice - sponsored charity event in Leeds

St. Gemma's Hospice are holding a fun run at Temple Newsam in September.

Sunday Sports Challenge

Get sponsored to run, walk or ride in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice on Sunday 21st September 2008 at Temple Newsam, Leeds

The day will include sponsored walks of 2 miles, 5 miles and 10 miles, a sponsored run of 5 miles and sponsored bike rides of 15 miles and 40 miles. There will also be stalls, entertainment, games and school sports day style races. To register or for more information call Laura on 0113 218 5570 or visit

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View of the Cow and calf pub from Ilkley moor.

kirkstall abbey rear view

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Mandela Gardens, Millenium Square Leeds

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Skipton Castle

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Skipton Castle May 2008 - Top weekend breaks

Howarth churchyard

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Classical Fantasia, Leeds 2007

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The fireworks at Classical Fantasia - Kirkstall Abbey Leeds September 2007

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Friday, 15 February 2008

Faversham on Thursday 28th February

Gig at the Faversham on Thursday

the 28th of February

Gig at the Faversham on Thursday the 28th of February with the best bands in Leeds; The Bribes, The Vangos and Vibetown. Genre is funk, soul and indie plus DJ Tom Connally. Its gonna be a great night. Tickets £4 for advance bookings or £5 at the door. For tickets contact shan at 07833391865 or email

Faversham address:

1-5, Springfield Mount,

Leeds LS2 9NG

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