Six of the best upcoming gigs in Leeds

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Leeds is a city on the up and there’s no shortage of big names and big events heading your way. Neil Hudson takes a look at six of the best events headed to Leeds in the coming weeks and months.

DARA O BRIAIN LIVE AT LEEDS GRNAD THEATRE

Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Star Gazing Live. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today.

His set has been described as “a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up.”

He will be appearing at Leeds Grand Theatre from March 25-27. Tickets cost between £24 and £28. Prices include a £2 booking fee. Call 0844 848 2700 for more information.

PAUL WELLER LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA

Paul Weller has announced a visit to Leeds as part of his new winter tour on November 29.

Support for the winter tour is Scottish trio Young Fathers who won the 2014 Mercury Music Prize for their debut album Dead. Paul will release his eagerly awaited 12th studio album ‘Saturns Pattern’ on May 11. Produced by Paul and Stan Kybert and featuring nine tracks, Saturns Pattern is released on his new label Parlophone. The album’s title track will be the first single from the album and released on May 4.

Call 0844 248 1585 for book tickets.

JOUSTING TOURNAMENT AT ROYAL ARMOURIES

Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds.

This Easter the Royal Armouries’ tiltyard will resound to the clamour and clash of a live action tournament, as internationally renowned knights battle for the

coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.

For the first time at the Royal Armouries there will be a melee, at noon, when all the knights will clash with clubs in an every-man-for-himself medieval-style bash. This will be followed by the Grand Final. Tickets cost £10 adults, £5 children: 0113 220 1888

PIE AND CIDER FESTIVAL AT BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL

With 30 varieties of cider (boxed and cask/keg), 20 different ales and beers and 50 different varieties of pies (including pork pies, homemade scotch eggs, there will be more than enough to keep you occupied.

Belgrave’s Pie and Cider Festival will start at 11am on April 5 and will go on until late into the night.

All three floors will be open and there will be plenty of entertainment in the form of live music and DJs. Get this pencilled in your diary. Contact 0113 2346160 for more information about this and other events at the venue.

MORISSEY AT LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA

The mullah of the mundane and melancholy - otherwise known as Morrissey - is to bring his highly acclaimed show to Leeds First Direct Arena on March 20. This tour follows his acclaimed sold out show at The O2, London last November. The former The Smiths frontman will be playing the venue as part of a six-date UK tour.

Tickets for Morrissey’s visit to Leeds go are on sale now by visiting www.firstdirectarena.com, calling 0844 248 1585 or by visiting the arena ticket office, now based at the arena, in person.

ROSS NOBLE IN THE PRODUCERS

Following 14 sell-out worldwide tours, award-winning comedian and king of improvisational comedy, Ross Noble will make his musical theatre debut in the 2015 UK Tour of The Producers.

Ross Noble joins the cast of The Producers as Franz Liebkind, the short-fused, carrier pigeon-keeping, former Nazi, brought on board by Max Bialystok and Leo Bloom (Jason Manford) to help them in their plot to put on the worst musical of all time.

Based on Mel Brooks’ beloved Academy Award winning movie, The Producers will come to Leeds Grand Theatre in June 2015. Call 0844 848 2700.

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