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Digger’s Island Discs: Robbie Russell

24th March 2017

Digger’s Island Discs explores the collections of Leeds’ most prolific vinyl slingers and groove bringers to present us with the records they could not live without…

A look back: Leeds international film festival

23rd March 2017

When it comes to culture, in Leeds we’re spoilt for choice. Every week there are hundreds of unique events to choose from. With several cinemas in the city, there should be a huge range of options to watch films too. So why are so many ad hoc film clubs and community cinemas popping up all over town?

Faith in Leeds

22nd March 2017

Independent Leeds highlights the importance on faith in Leeds by showcasing the Sikh Temple and offering an insight into the culture in our city.

Leeds’ fashion on the concrete catwalk

21st March 2017

Fashion in Leeds, just like anywhere, is one big cycle. One day you’re the cock of the walk, the next, you’re a feather duster. One day you’re riding high on the crest of a wave, the next, you’re sinking down into the depths of despair.

With These Hands in Leeds

20th March 2017

Independent Leeds talks to creatives located in Leeds and Yorkshire, and they show us what special things they can make with their hands…

Feeding my Habit

19th March 2017

I tend to attract two responses when I tell people that I’m a full-time poet. At first, folk are baffled that poetry can exclusively provide enough income to survive. And they say something like, “that’s the easiest job in the world”, or “well that’s hardly work, is it?”


18th March 2017

Undergraduate student at Leeds College of Art, Emily Jackson told us: I’m studying photography and specialise in documentary. I like the honesty and quick pace of street photography, using it as a tool to document the places I visit and the people I meet.

pARTy in Leeds @ Belgrave Music Hall

17th March 2017

A lot has changed in 17 decades, in our fair city and elsewhere, but from the inception of Leeds College of Art right up until now, one thing has remained consistent: Everyone loves a good party.

Leeds College of Art: 170 years in the making

16th March 2017

It only takes one look at their remarkable list of Alumni to see just how fruitful and prosperous Leeds College of Art has been since it opened its doors in 1846. The impact the college has had on Leeds, and indeed across the country, is well worth honouring!

Keeping it Local: Leeds as a city with village values

15th March 2017

“Leeds is a city with village values,” sums up Ox Club’s Benjamin Iley in detailing the thriving cultural eco-systems that co-exist to make up the lifeblood of Leeds’ creative heart.

Digger’s Island Discs: Jumbo Records Leeds

14th March 2017

This time we celebrate Leeds Jumbo Records’ 45th birthday for Digger’s Island Discs, which explores the collections of Leeds’ most profile vinyl slingers and groove bingers present us with records they could not live without. Matt Bradshaw, Jumbo Records’ fount of musical knowledge and DJ of ace eclectic obscurities talks us through his…

Going Underground in Leeds

13th March 2017

The current Leeds creative scene is thriving and Emma Hardaker am grateful to be a part of it. There are many emerging spaces that function to house the artists, exhibitions and wider resources that make Leeds one of the most vibrant artistic cities in the country.

With These Hands in Leeds

12th March 2017

Independent Leeds talks to creatives located in Leeds and Yorkshire, and they show us what special things they can make with their hands…

Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat… Again

11th March 2017

The north of England has always partied harder than any other place I’ve ever known and Leeds has 100% got its own feel. Its people tend to work hard and party hard, so when the weekend comes they put on their party frocks and dance their toenails off till Monday.

Leeds Rising Art Attack

10th March 2017

In June, Jev Reu attended a variety of end of year shows to photograph the amazing work of Leeds’ art, design and fashion students. Having exhibited at Leeds College of Art last year, Jev wanted to capture the array of talent on display amongst the city’s rising creatives.


9th March 2017

To help navigate through the abundance of amazing Leeds eateries, Mayur Patel & Marko Husak from award winning Indian street food and craft beer joint Bundobust share their favourite spots to eat across the city….

Leeds’ Park Life

8th March 2017

A city should be proud to have a green space as all-encompassing as Roundhay Park. It’s beautiful to enjoy an afternoon lay surrounded by acres of grass and lakes, and relax into a peaceful state of mind with a view of the city skyline

Leeds band Clay’s favourite city venues

7th March 2017

The lead singer from rising Leeds band ‘Clay’, Jack Harvey, talks us through his favourite Leeds venues…

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