Promotional images for Kenny Thomas, Judy Collins, ChoirChoirChoir! and La Voix.

International Music Day

For International Music Day on Sun 1 October 2023, we’re looking forward to the month ahead at City Varieties Music Hall. From throwback hits to fresh talent, October is packed with musical magic at the nation’s longest running music hall.

Written by Aaron Cawood

Throwback Hits

We’re throwing it back at The Varieties in October, from 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to the Four Seasons of the 1960s. Starting on Tue 3 Oct 2023 with Songs from the Rat Pack, the 16-piece Leeds-based Northern Swing Orchestra will be raising the roof with the memorable music of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr., and Dean Martin. And keeping it classic, Judy Collins brings her 50+ year expertise to the stage at The Varieties on Wed 11 Oct 2023 – most notably celebrating her most recent, and first self-written, album.

Magic is in the air on Thu 12 Oct 2023 as Lindisfarne reminisce on their 1977 LP. Featuring unforgettable songs like Meet Me On the Corner, we couldn’t be more excited to have Lindisfarne back at The Varieties. As far as unforgettable songs go, it’s hard not to think of Gareth Gates: The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Tue 24 Oct 2023. Combining his own talent with West End stars of Jersey BoysGareth Gates will be giving a performance you can’t take your eyes off.

And if Lindisfarne makes you want even more Folk, you won’t have to wait long, as Fairport Convention return to our stage on Wed 25 Oct 2023. Celebrating their 56th anniversary, the band will be bringing their inimitable passion to Leeds and reminding us what makes them ‘an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of the folk flame’ (Folk & Tumble). The Story of Guitar Heroes is a celebration of the iconic history of guitarists for the past 50 years, and they’ll be rocking The Varieties Sat 28 Oct 2023. From Hendrix to May and even Slash, it’s an experience unlike any other.

It’s Martin Stephenson and The Daintees next to celebrate the band’s historic tunes as well as their newest album, You Belong To The Blue. From busking to hits like Boat To Bolivia, this tour-de-force will be at The Varieties Sun 29 Oct 2023. And we’re rounding out the month with Kenny Thomas on Tue 31 Oct 2023. From a debut album with 600,000 sales in 1991 to a career accruing eight Top 40 hits, Kenny Thomas is returning to Leeds for the first time in 20 years and it won’t be one to miss!

The Guitar Heroes poster with the band in front of a crowd. Including a list of popular songs.
Members of Lindisfarne are standing on stage in the process of bowing at the end of a show. They are holding hands with all of their arms raised.
Gareth Gates: The Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons poster