Music scene in Huddersfield

Written by Darren Martin and Callum Pogson
Music BMus(Hons) and Computer Games Design BA(Hons) students

Concert halls

Lawrence Batley theatre

Lawrence Batley Theatre – Image courtesy of Alex Beldea – Photography student The Lawrence Batley Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the region. They have an incredible programme which includes plays, operas, comedy shows, live music and exhibitions. Every couple of weeks they have screenings of films, both recent and all time classics and you can receive a student discount on all performances, films and events.

Town Hall

Huddersfield Town Hall - Image courtesy of Alex Beldea – Photography student Huddersfield Town Hall is another great place to enjoy some live acts. Their programme is extensive and ranges from comedy shows, to operas, classes and musicals. It has played host to famous comedians like Jimmy Carr and Sarah Millican as well as both Michael Jackson and Abba concerts.

Lawrence Batley theatre | Huddersfield Town Hall

Leeds and Manchester

The o2 Academy, Leeds – Image courtesy of the o2 Academy Leeds is a student favourite with a fantastic live music scene. The O2 Academy and Leeds Arena are the most popular venues for alternative and electronic music such as Sum 41 and Green Day. Other smaller favourites include The Faversham, Brudenell Social Club and Belgrave Music Hall if you’re looking for something a little more indie and niche as well as freshly made burgers and pizza. One thing’s for sure, you won’t ever be stuck for a great night out listening to excellent live music whilst studying in Huddersfield.

Manchester Arena | Leeds o2 Academy | Leeds First Direct Arena | Belgrave Music Hall

Live venues

Zephyr Bar - Image courtesy of Aaron Russell – Interactive Multimedia student Huddersfield has a lively music scene with several pubs and bars that double as venues; there is always something going on and live music to experience. Student favourites include:

  • The Parish - who have hosted American pop-punk band Wheatus, with support from punk-rapper MC Lars.
  • The Rock Café – an American themed bar known for its delicious food and incredible themed nights. Every Thursday there’s a live performance from a local band or a national comedian (free admission).
  • Rhubarb - Located right across from the University of Huddersfield, this bar is just steps away and holds host to a number of University related events, such as the musical Bavarian night where performers entertain audience with comedic music and games.
  • Five Bar – Found next to the Packhorse Shopping Centre, this venue is the place to be for anything electronic. Regularly hosting local DJs for exciting nights of music and entertainment in their outdoor stage area.
  • Little Buddha Bar – Just along the road from the train station and situated next to Gringos is The Little Buddha Bar. This place welcomes a lot of fresh new talent and plays host to open mic nights and plenty of indie performances.

The Parish | The Rock Café | Bar 1:22 | Five Bar | Little Buddha Bar

Holmfirth Picturedrome

Holmfirth Picturedrome – Image courtesy of the Holmfirth Picturedrome The Picturedrome also hosts the annual Holmfirth Festival of Folk which has proven to be extremely popular with the community and students. The festival takes place over three days and all performances take place at local pubs and on the streets of Holmfirth. They are also known for hosting the Brass Factor, an annual winter event hosted and created by Alex Bray, a former student at the University. The Picturedrome is just a bus ride away from the town centre and is always great fun!

Holmfirth Picturedrome | Box office | Venue guide

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF)

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Fesitval - Image courtesy of Alex Beldea – Photography student The HCMF gives both international and regional performers a chance to be heard and share their compositions as well as providing the audience and music fans with a unique experience, which has gained the festival world-wide recognition.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival | Programme of events | News