Leeds’ Canvas Yard Scores Impact in First Month

Hacienda at Canvas Yard 2023. Pic: Hannah Barnes

Canvas Yard the brand new collaboration between Moda Living and New Citizens, and Leeds’ largest city centre outdoor event space has celebrated its first month delivering two successful, 4000 cap events.

Says New Citizens’ Stu, “The New Citizens team and I are really happy with how these first events at Canvas Yard went. With such a lack of cultural space in Leeds it was amazing to witness the Hacienda and then Defected audience enjoy themselves and the hard work from all our core team, freelancers and suppliers paying off.”

Eleanor Trigwell, Brand Manager at Moda Living, said: “It was fantastic to see the Hacienda brought to life at Canvas Yard, in what was an amazing celebration of community, collaboration and, of course, music. We are proud to be working with New Citizens to deliver landmark cultural moments such as The Hacienda, and we’re looking forward to an exciting summer of more outstanding events at Leeds’s biggest new outdoor event space.”

The first historic event saw the legendary FAC51 Hacienda head to Leeds for an open air event on Sunday 30th April 2023 with a special Bank Holiday Weekend all dayer with Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Dimitri From Paris, Derrick Carter, Greg Wilson, DJ Paulette, Ralph Lawson and Marshall.

After that, influential house music label Defected made a huge return to Leeds for their first show in the city in over five years on Coronation Bank Holiday Sunday, May 7th, when the likes of Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Low Steppa, Sam Divine, Arielle Free and Rio Tashan all played.

Next up is the city’s longest running and most loved gathering, The Garden Party. This year it adds an all new second stage with a line up including its most diverse and forward thinking talents to date with Daniel Avery, Pawsa, Skream, Paul Woolford, LF System, Special Request, Sherelle, Bradley Zero, Todd Terje, Palms Trax and Dr Banana all playing. Next to the music, there is an array of tasty eats and drinks in the food village and a relaxing chill out area making this the most complete Garden Party yet.