So that’s that, then. Happy New Year, everyone. 2018 is now but a dim and distant memory. We had some good times last year, and went to plenty of great shows in Leeds and beyond, but now it’s time to look forward to new stuff – new music, new gigs and a new-look Bang The Drum (more on that later).
We don’t need to be looking too far into the future for some pretty sweet gigs around Leeds – January is packed with plenty of ace shows to get along to, so we’ve picked out a few highlights to get 2019 off to a great start.
>> THURSDAY JANUARY 10
Our first show this year looks set to be a bittersweet affair as Geordie indie heroes MAXIMO PARK head down the A19 for a one-off show to bid farewell to their Yorkshire keyboard player Lukas at Leeds Beckett University (SOLD OUT). Just up the road from the Uni in the depths of Hyde Park, Welsh singer-songwriter CATE LE BON will be at the Brudenell Social Club for a special solo show for Brudenell Piano Sessions. (Tickets)
>> FRIDAY JANUARY 11
The 360 Club at the Library in Hyde Park puts on a wonderfully eclectic line-up each week, and the first night of 2019 is no different. Four acts that mix up hip-hop and dance influences – Harrogate five-piece funk-rockers IMPYUS, Leeds artist OLIVER ASADI, Bingley rock-rap outfit GHOSTWRITERS and Leeds hip-hop’n’roll trio COMMERCIAL STREET MOVEMENT – show what’s on offer under the radar from around Yorkshire. (Tickets)
>> FRIDAY JANUARY 18
It’s been ages since we caught young rockers CONFLARE live. Their show at The Key Club in Leeds will be well worth checking out, as they’ve got OVERBITE, IN YOUR PRIME and HURRICANE ERIC along for the ride. (Tickets)
>> MONDAY JANUARY 21
Metal giants (and Game Of Thrones stars) MASTODON are back in Leeds later in the month for a show at the O2 Academy, bringing with them tunes from their latest album Emperor Of Sand – and joining them on stage will be Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly. Support comes from KVELERTAK and MUTOID MAN. Get on this. (Tickets)
>> WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23
Belgrave Music Hall welcomes back Canadian hardcore punks FUCKED UP for more mayhem (Tickets). Meanwhile, Wakefield punk LOUISE DISTRAS plays over at The Key Club hot on the heels of the release of her new EP, Street Revolution. (Tickets)
>> THURSDAY JANUARY 24
Dinosaur Jnr frontman J MASCIS will be heading back to Leeds for a show at Belgrave Music Hall to play tunes from his new album Elastic Days. (Tickets)
FRIDAY JANUARY 25
Keighley ska-punk heroes RANDOM HAND are back in action and will be hitting reset at the Brudenell Social Club. They have a cracking supporting line-up joining them – PIZZA TRAMP, FIERCE IDEAS and WONK UNIT. (Tickets)
>> SUNDAY JANUARY 27
FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS are back at Leeds Arena later this month after previously playing there supporting Blink 182 back in 2017. This time round, he’s heading up the bill, which includes special guests (and our faves) JIMMY EAT WORLD and GRACE PETRIE. This will be amazing. We can’t wait. (Tickets)
>> TUESDAY JANUARY 29
Four cracking shows in the city, here. First up, SNOW PATROL head to the Arena with KODALINE (Tickets). Otherwise, Charlatans frontman TIM BURGESS will be playing tracks from his new solo album with THE ANYTIME MINUTES (Tickets) and the mighty A are back at The Key Club (Tickets) – both shows are celebrating Independent Venue Week. That’s some decision-making right there, but our fate is already decided as we’ll be at the O2 Academy for DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, having been blown away by their new album, Thank You For Today. This band never disappoint live. Yes, mate (Tickets).
>> WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30
Made up of former members of Fugazi, Washington DC instrumental trio THE MESSTHETICS will be playing at the Brudenell Social Club as part of a short UK visit for the first time. This will be ace (Tickets).
>> THURSDAY JANUARY 31
With the first of two back-to-back shows at the 360 Club at the Lending Rooms in Leeds, Gus from ALT-J will be showcasing some ace local acts he’s picked up on as part of Independent Venue Week. Tonight sees PURPLE THREAD supported by EDITED PEOPLE and INFADE (Tickets), while the next show features VICTORS with KATA RAYNA and ELLE CALL (Tickets).
Man, that’s a lot of shows! We’ll try and cover as many of these as we can, but we can’t be everywhere at once. If you love music and fancy writing for Bang The Drum and give us a bit of a break here and there, drop us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – and see if you can join the growing team here at BTD.