Line-up complete for Leeds’ free music and arts festival

Leeds-based DJ Danny Bond is the newest addition to the line-up of Under the Owls free music and arts festival.
Leeds-based DJ Danny Bond is the newest addition to the line-up of Under the Owls free music and arts festival.
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The line-up for Leeds’ first free music and live art festival in Millennium Square is now complete with the announcement of new act - popular home-grown DJ Danny Bond.

The DJ - who has a regular spot at city nightclub Space and hosts New Year’s Eve parties at the O2 Academy - will share the stage with internationally-renowned headline act Beardyman, a beatbox musician, at the Under The Owls festival on Wednesday.

The line-up has been unfolding over the past few weeks and will showcase some of Leeds’ hottest new talent including last year’s winners of Centre Stage competition, Polo and female duo Felka and Vitamin who will be playing Leeds Festival in August.

Under the Owls is a festival aimed at teenagers, organised through a partnership between Leeds City Council’s Breeze Arts Festival, East Street Arts and Leeds Beckett University.

It will also include beatbox and dance workshops, physical karaoke, an open-ended live soap opera, self-portrait painting and an art market.

The city’s Jumbo Records will also be spinning some vinyl on the day and festival-goers can practise their pout ready for a pop-up photo booth with a stash of props.

The event will continue on into the night with the final of this year’s Centre Stage competition at O2 Academy Leeds - for which tickets are sold separately.

The winners on the night will get the chance to play at Leeds as well as the festival’s sister event in Reading.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “The needs of children and young people are at the heart of what we do. Creative activities encourage confidence and expression - that is why we are proud that we can support a free live arts and music festival dedicated to the young people of Leeds.”

Visit for more information on the festival, which is free to under 19s with a Breeze card - those without can sign up on the day - and £3 to over 19s.

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