Queens Hall, Leeds

Queens Hall was a concert and exhibition venue located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was originally a tram and then a bus depot and had latterly became a venue hosting events such as the Ideal Home Exhibition and the 1981, 1982, 1988 and 1989 Great British Beer Festival,[1] flea markets, travelling fairs and concerts.

Queens Hall car park Leeds 019
Multi-story car park on the former site of Queens Hall


The building was originally constructed at the turn of the 20th century and was known as Swinegate Tram Depot.[2] The hall was refurbished as a music venue in 1961 and was a popular venue amongst students and the townspeople of Leeds with a capacity for 5,000 people.[3] Motörhead complained about the acoustics, and it was uncomfortably cold in winter, with ice forming on the retained tramlines. The Queens Hall was demolished in 1989 and the site is now mostly used as a surface level car park[4] with redevelopment taking place on part of the site for a multi-storey car park with ground floor restaurant and an office building for BT. Proposals for the redevelopment of the rest of the former Queens Hall site have been ongoing since the 1990s with failed proposals including those from 1995 for an office building designed by Norman Foster for Royal London Insurance and a latter proposal in 2004 for two skyscrapers to be named Criterion Place designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners to be developed by Simons Estates. Neither of these proposals went to fruition but plans to complete the redevelopment of the former Queens Hall site were realised in 2015 when new business premises called Sovereign Square were built on the site.[5]

The Leeds Arena opened in 2013 became a new concert venue in Leeds.

Bands and musicians to have performed at the Queens Hall have included the following acts:


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  2. ^ Tramways, Leeds. "Swinegate Depot, Headquarters of Leeds City Tramways". leodis.net. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, Dave (25 July 2013). "Rousing Bruce Springsteen puts new Leeds Arena to the test". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ "BBC - Were you at Pink Floyd and Cream's freakout in Leeds?". BBC News. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Major law firm signs lease for new home in the heart of Leeds". Yorkshire Post. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Miller, Alex (22 July 2015). "10 legendary Leeds music venues of the past". WOW247. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Queens Hall, Leeds, England Concert Setlists | setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  8. ^ "LEEDS: Queens Hall - The Police Official Blog". The Police Official Website. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Queen's Hall - Leeds | rocktourdatabase.com". rocktourdatabase.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.

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Coordinates: 53°47′38″N 1°32′37″W / 53.7940°N 1.5436°W

First Direct Arena

The First Direct Arena (also known as the Leeds Arena) is a 13,781 capacity entertainment focused arena located in the Arena Quarter of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is the first in the United Kingdom to have a fan-shaped orientation.

The arena officially opened its doors on 4 September 2013 with Sir Elton John, playing to an audience of 12,000. Bruce Springsteen had, however, held the first concert on 24 July 2013, with an audience of 13,000. The arena's opening season in 2013 later included acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Rod Stewart, Status Quo and Depeche Mode.The building has been nominated as one of England's greatest landmarks, and won best new venue in the world in 2014.

Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is an annual beer festival organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). It presents a selection of cask ales and other alcoholic drinks from the UK and beyond. The festival is also home to the Champion Beer of Britain awards and is held in August of each year. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the GBBF. GBBF's sister festival, the Great British Beer Festival Winter concentrates on beer styles such as porter and stout and is usually held in February each year.

List of thrash metal bands

Various bands have played thrash metal at some point of their career. The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the drum beats of hardcore punk with the guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal. It emerged partially as a reaction to the more conventional and widely acceptable glam metal, a less aggressive, pop music-infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously.Four American bands, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer, are credited with popularizing the genre, earning them the title of the "Big Four of Thrash". In Germany, Destruction, Kreator, Sodom, and Tankard, led the Teutonic thrash metal scene, garnering the nickname "The Big Four of Teutonic Thrash". The Clash of the Titans tour, which featured Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies, is considered to be the genre's pinnacle, after which thrash metal saw a decline in popularity throughout the 1990s. Thrash metal has seen a resurgence in recent times, with many of the older bands returning to their roots with their new releases. A new generation of thrash metal bands emerged in the early 2000s, drawing lyrical and visual inspiration from the older groups.Thrash metal was an inspiration for later extreme genres such as death metal and black metal. This list also includes certain bands which belong to the first wave of black metal. These bands essentially played thrash metal with a heavy emphasis on Satanic and occult themes in the lyrics and imagery. Over the years, thrash metal has developed a few subgenres of its own, such as crossover thrash and groove metal.

So Far, So Good... So What!

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So Far, So Good... So What! was well-received by critics upon its release, although retrospective analysis has been less favorable. It managed to enter the top-thirty of the Billboard 200 (although it received no commercial radio play), and charted in several other countries as well. The album was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, and indicated Megadeth's forthcoming emergence from the underground scene.

The Grumbleweeds

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