The May Day Bank Holiday Festival Guide

Posted: Wednesday 1 May 2019

‘Tis the grand old season of Bank Holidays, where we get an extra day off and can bask in the early-summer sunshine. This weekend is the first of two Bank Holidays in May, so make the most of your extra time and head along to one of the city festivals taking place, you never know, you might discover your new favourite band!


Live At Leeds is a one day event that takes over the city centre, including O2 Academy Leeds, on Saturday 4 May and brings you some of the hottest talent on offer right now. Headlining the event are flamboyant indie favourites, Sundara Karma and the king of charisma, Tom Grennan, who’ll be joined by the likes of: Sam Fender, The Sherlocks, The Dunts, Sea Girls, Marsicans, Black Honey, Easy Life and many, many more. If you like your music very much guitar-based with a bit of grit, then Live At Leeds is where you need to be.

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The best thing about Bank Holidays is that you don’t have the Sunday night dread, so instead of doing things like changing your bedding, you can spend your day at Handmade Festival with a whole host of utterly brilliant bands. Heading up the two rooms at O2 Academy Leicester is indie-disco troupe, Metronomy and post-punk quartet, The Futureheads, with Saint Agnes, whenyoung, Ibibio Sound Machine and loads more blowing your mind throughout the day.

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Geordies listen up! Hit The North is taking over Newcastle on Sunday 5 May and you better put your comfiest shoes on, because you’ve got A LOT of bands to squeeze in. Dominating venues in the city centre, including both rooms at O2 Academy Newcastle, you can enjoy the indie croons of headliner Jake Bugg, as well as newcomers Ten Tonnes, Shame and Kawala, plus performances from Soak, Catherine McGrath, Red Rum Club, Halfnoise and so, so many more.

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Festivals not taking your fancy, but still up for a night out? We also have plenty of club nights happening across the weekend that'll suit every partygoer. Take a look below.

Club De Fromage - O2 Academy Islington: Saturday 4 May Buy Tickets

PROJEKT - O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 4 May Buy Tickets

Not Another Indie Disco - O2 Academy Islington: Saturday 4 May Buy Tickets

Back To The Roxy - O2 Academy Sheffield: Saturday 4 May Buy Tickets

Brit Jam Live - O2 Ritz Manchester: Saturday 4 May Buy Tickets

Love 90’s R&B Bank Holiday Special - O2 Academy Liverpool: Sunday 5 May Buy Tickets

The Yeodel Rave - Arts Club, Liverpool: Sunday 5 May Buy Tickets

David Rodigan & Mighty Crown - O2 Academy Birmingham: Sunday 5 May Buy Tickets


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