Alternative student nights in Leeds
Leeds has always been a city that appeals to the masses, however for decades it has also had one of the UK’s best alternative scenes too. With the likes of The Warehouse and The Cockpit hosting punk, rock and electronica nights in the late 70’s and beyond, the city has a rich history of pioneering underground movements that you just don’t find in your average city. Whilst music and venues have come and gone, the principle is still the same today; here’s our guide to a nights out in Leeds for those that like to take a walk on the wild side.

Propaganda at The Attic

Fans of Indie and classic roc ‘n’ roll need look no further than the awesomeness that is Propaganda, which currently resides at The Attic on Great George Street. With simultaneous nights in places as diverse as Nashville, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, this global phenomenon sees 25,000 punters attend its supercharged nights each and every week. Head to their night in Leeds and you can expect great music, a supercool venue and drinks starting from a mere pound – which is pretty unheard of in Leeds on a Saturday night.

Rock of Ages

If sipping fine cocktails in a bar filled with coiffed and manicured Geordie Shore rejects is your idea of hell, then you may well enjoy Rock of Ages at The Library. Playing only 100% rock and metal, punters can expect the soothing sounds of Skid Row, Motley Crue, Slayer and Megadeath. With a mixture of DJ’s and bands on rotation, it’s an essential night of raw entertainment for those that like it loud. Follow them on Facebook to find out about their next big party.

Stone Roses Bar

If you love your indie and rock but would rather just dip your toe into the alternative scene, this popular bar could be the perfect choice. Rather oddly placed right in the middle of the thriving LGBT quarter, this joint has a late licence and attracts a diverse crowd from every neck of the woods. Avoid the masses and head there on a Thursday, when you can take in The Cure and The Smiths between 10pm and 6am with drink offers all night long. If only you had a stitch to wear…


The Goth scene is still alive and kicking and it’s happening at Cyanide, which also resides at The Library on Thursday nights. With a playlist which spans post-punk, industrial, metal and many more, this is a joint that really puts heart and soul into what it does. Recent live acts have included Bad Pollyanna, Bigfoot and Pulverise, with a host of other hot acts lined up to tread its boards throughout the year.

The Garden Party at The Faversham

If you like to get your rave on without the likes of Aviccii and Calvin Harris, then The Garden Party only spin tunes by the coolest kids in dance. The Faversham is the perfect venue for these spring and summer parties, as the outdoor terrace allows you to soak up the rare Leeds rays that just might appear if you’re lucky. Expect to see acts such as Skream, People Get Real and George Fitzgerald up on the ones and twos. Tickets tend to go fast, so seek them out here.
Published on: 26 Aug 2021