Roundhay Park in Leeds has quite a history of hosting some pretty amazing live music events. Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2 and Robbie Williams have all played to hundreds of thousands of fans over the decades.
But there hasn’t been any live music in the grassy surroundings just north of Leeds for a decade. That’s about to change later this summer as the inaugural ONROUNDHAY event takes place on Saturday, September 17.
Like its sister event in London, OnBlackheath, the one-day festival will be family friendly, bringing some tasty food and a tasty line-up of music together for what promises to be a cracking day out.
Headlining OnRoundhay will be JAMES, who are no strangers to Leeds, having sold out the Arena in May after their new album Girl At The End Of The World surged to Number 2 in the album charts earlier this year. Joining them as co-headliners will be PRIMAL SCREAM, whose new album Chaosmosis was released in March.
Also appearing at the festival will be the wonderful WOLF ALICE, who have become a force to be reckoned with over the last couple of years. The alt-rock four-piece were last in Leeds as part of their sold-out UK tour in March.
Working in partnership with Leeds Indie Food, the (not-very-indie) John Lewis Food Village will make its OnRoundhay debut with dining experiences, demonstrations, celebrity chefs, pop-up stalls and street food to whet any appetite.
As well as the music and food on offer, there will be plenty for children of all ages to enjoy, including the Puffin World Of Stories’ Magical Storytelling Stage with The Clangers and The Wimpy Kid Show.
Legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who was responsible for bringing Madonna, the Stones and the Boss to Roundhay Park, is pleased to be back in Leeds for another huge event.
He says: “Three years ago, we created with John Lewis a brand new style of Festival called OnBlackheath, this was universally received by artists, performers and the public.
“We are delighted to be able to extend this brand by producing the first OnRoundhay Festival with John Lewis as our partner. The event will follow the same format as OnBlackheath, with fantastic music, great curated food and lots of activities for kids of all ages. I would like to thank Leeds City Council for their help in making OnRoundhay happen.”
Tickets to OnRoundhay are on sale today, Tuesday, July 5, from Seetickets and Crash Records and Jumbo Records in Leeds from Monday, July 11. They’re £45 for an adult ticket (13+), £100 for a family pass (2 adults and two children 13-16), while children 12 and under go free.