Leeds today: Lights, Boozer, Blackout Beer, Jack Straw, Tower Works

Hello! Lots of Leedsy type fun going on at the moment and Kathleen’s here to tell you what’s going on.

My last post (2nd Nov) was not shy on the Christmas cheer, and I’m going to continue until December 25th! Following on from our last two posts (keen!) I couldn’t help but reiterate that the annual Leeds Lights Switch-On is taking place tomorrow night (8th) on The Headrow! Real Radio are hosting and there will be entertainment from The Voice’s Tyler James and Britain’s Got Talent’s Loveable Rogues. It’s free and there are fireworks.  Also Jonathan Brownlee will be there if you’re still Olympic mad and ‘special guest celebrities’ as if Amy Winehouse’s mate and one of the Brownlee brothers weren’t enough (!)

There’s a search under way to find the best boozer in Leeds! Our editor Mike is a fan of Veritas on Great George Street, whereas I like Nation of Shopkeepers. So where do you like to go for a drink? Vote for your favourite now.

There’s lots of great music happening in Leeds this weekend. Firstly, on Friday head down to the Brudenell Social Club to celebrate the launch of The Blackout Beer, a new stout beer named after Sam Airey. As well as hearing music from Sam you will also be treated by Fran Rodgers, Witch Hunt and Jonny Woodhead. On Saturday, and also at the Brudenell, is Constellations Festival featuring the likes of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Haim and Leeds’s Swimming Lessons. Then, on Sunday, head down to Oporto for the launch of brilliant album, By Hook or By Crook, a compilation album of great Leeds bands from Sturdy Records.

Fran Talbot, who is a 14 year old Yorkshire blogger has reviewed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for The Guardian Northerner. The production, which took place at the West Yorkshire Playhouse has been given a great review by the teenager, who pays particular homage to the Leeds Improvised Music Association.

My life in Leeds have got a great article on historical places to visit in Leeds including the Tower Works (a little bit of Italy via the Tuscan Tower, the Florence Tower and the Verona Tower), and LGI.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw, MP and Leeds alumnus returned to the University on Tuesday to give a talk about the future of criminal courts. He served as president of the University Union from 1967-1968 and Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Chancellor of the University said that he continues “to do great things since leaving the University of Leeds and it’s a pleasure to welcome [him] back.”

The Trinity Leeds retail and leisure development is close to 84 per cent let, with its opening set for March 21 next year, after signing up a number of new tenants, including Victoria’s Secret and Urban Outfitters, Marks & Sparks, Primark, H&M, River Island and Topshop/Topman.

Finally, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend (and don’t fancy the great music mentioned above) then my life in leeds has a great article on walks and bike rides along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Take care to factor in a pub lunch!

That’s it folks. Remember to get in touch if you have any local news or events you want us to write about!

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