2020 was one long and confusing year. Fingers crossed, let’s hope that normality will resume in the upcoming year. Lucky for you, Leeds has a variety of events lined to ensure that you get through 2021 with a bang.

1. Rob Beckett Tour Show

Rob Beckett Events Leeds
Source: The Herald

When: 18th April 2021

Where: Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

Source: Warwick Arts

Our family-friendly comedian Rob Beckett is back on tour this year with his brand new stand up show. The relentlessly smiley Londoner is scheduled to perform in Leeds and is an event that cannot be missed.

2. Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow Events Leeds
Source: BBC

When: 11th December 2021

Where: First Direct Arena, Claypit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BN

Source: The List

We can all agree that to make this year truly special, we must attend a Gary Barlow show. The now solo star is scheduled to perform at the First Direct Arena this year, and you never know, you may be in for a surprise star performance.

3. Jimmy Carr ‘Terribly Funny’

Jimmy Carr Events Leeds
Source: AGT Tickets

When: 1st April 2021, 4th April 2021 and 3rd May 2021

Where: Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Source: Jimmy Carr

There’s nothing like having tears rolling down your face because you’re laughing that much. The funny and witty Jimmy Carr is the only person who can guarantee that. His show contains jokes about every aspect of life and will definitely leave you in balls of laughter.  Join him in Leeds this year to have a night of your life with your friends.

4. Little Mix Tour

Little Mix Events Leeds
Source: SkyNews

When: 11th May 2021

Where: First Direct Arena, Claypit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BN

Source: Simon Jones

Everyone knows that Little Mix has firmly established their reputation as one of the most phenomenal groups around after winning XFactor. This year they’re on the road again and is something that cannot be missed.

5. Blondie

Blondie Events Leeds
Source: NME

When: 21st November 2021

Where: First Direct Arena, Claypit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BN

Source: Louder than War

“Here comes the 21st Century” are the words Debbie Ryan once sang on her solo disc. And she was definitely correct with that lyric! On the 21st November, Blondie is scheduled to perform at the First Direct Arena, so make sure to book your tickets before they sell out (and trust me that’s fast)!

6. Leeds West Indian Carnival

West Indian Carnival Event Leeds
Source: Leeds Live

When: 29th August 2021

Where: Starts at Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, LS7 4HA

Source: Leeds Carnival

Enjoy the vibrant colours, joyous dancing and even sing along as you parade along the streets at the Leeds West Indian Carnival. 2020 saw a surprising first for the carnival where it all took place online. Hopefully not again this year!

7. Dua LipaDua Lipa Events Leeds

Source: NMEWhen: 21st September 2021

Where: First Direct Arena, Claypit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BN

Source: The O2

Another amazing event that is scheduled in 2021 is the performance from the one and only, Dua Lipa. Her strong presence on stage immediately separates her from so many emerging pop acts as well as her seriously catchy songs (‘Mwah’).

8. Katherine Ryan: Missus

Katherine Ryan Events LEeds
Source: The Guardian

When: 13th October 2021

Where: O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Source: WhatsOnStage

Katherine Ryan makes a grand return with her brand new tour ‘Missus’. Not many people know, but she has married her first love and bizarrely by accident. She is scheduled to perform at the O2 Academy and we all look forward to hearing about what it means to be ‘Missus’.

9. Stormzy

Stormzy Events Leeds
Source: The New York Times

When: 8th April 2021

Where: First Direct Arena, Claypit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BN

Source: AXS

If anyone had a productive lockdown, it was Stormzy. He has released a new album called Heavy in the Head (H.I.T.H). Ngl, that is probably one of the most anticipated tours of 2021. Providing Bojo doesn’t add any more restrictions or lockdowns he’ll finally play at the First Direct Arena.

10. AJ Bell World Triathlon Series

AJ Triathlon
Source: Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance

When: 7th June 2021

Where: Starts at Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Source: TriNation Triathlon

The AJ Bell World Triathlon Series is another event that is set to return in 2021. It will start at Roundhay Park with the swim around the lake and will then move into the City Centre on their bikes. From there, they will compete on foot to the Millennium Square. And for the first time this year, elite para-athletes will also be taking part.

11. Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist

Daliso Chaponda Events Leeds
Source: Chortle

When: 30th July 2021

Where: The Wardrobe, 6 St. Peter’s Building, Leeds, LS9 8AH

The stand-up comedian from Britains Got Talent, Daliso Chaponda, is another comedian who is set to perform in Leeds this year. In his hilarious, daring show, Chaponda looks at historical figures we once admired and even talks about his own life and how he came to love comedy.

12. Leeds Indie Food

Leeds Indie Food Event
Source: LIF

When: May 2021

Source: Leeds Indie Food

Yes, singers and stand-up comedy are great events that are heading our way in 2021, but one thing we cannot forget is Leeds Indie Food. 2021 will be the fifth year of this spectacular celebration of every great food in Leeds. Hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants get involved every year, and they never fail to amaze us with their ingenuity. Make sure to make room for this in your diary!