Can’t get to Glastonbury or afford Glyndebourne but still crave music in an exotic location with an open air element this summer, then fret not, there is a feast of live concerts in and around Leeds, and best of all they are free! The ones at Lotherton Hall and Meanwood Valley Urban Farm require that you pay to enter the grounds, but why not make a day out of it.

Most of the concerts start at 2.30pm each Sunday, but there are other dates and times, depending on the venue. There are 117 concerts during the season in 34 locations. The music covers brass bands, jazz bands and concert bands. I don’t want to incur the wrath of purists so I will point out that there are silver bands as well!

As you will have gathered, not all of the venues are in central Leeds but cover the whole of the Metropolitan area from Pudsey, Farsley, Adel, Moortown, Roundhay, Wetherby, Aberford, Middleton, Morley and many other green spaces.

So, should you be looking for something different to do on those hot, balmy days to come, why not have a look at the brochure at and get some fresh air and culture at the same time.

Don’t forget your Factor 50.

Feature image from Leeds International Concert Season

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