Canvas Yard – Already Making a Musical Impact on The City

Events Defected and Hacienda have – in just one month – established Canvas Yard as the freshest place to party this spring and beyond, with the legendary Garden Party back for its biggest ever gathering on May 27th and 28th.

Canvas Yard is a brand new collaboration between Moda Living and New Citizens. It is Leeds’ largest outdoor event space right in the heart of the City and is transformed with cutting edge audio-visual production and a powerful sound system that never fails to deliver the perfect soundtrack for the 4000 attendees who have already experienced the magic of partying there. 

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: “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 all laying it down in fine style. 

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. 

Garden Party

The City’s longest running and most loved gathering, The Garden Party on 27 and 28 May. This year it adds an all-new second stage, with a line up including its most diverse and forward thinking talents to date – Daniel Avery, Pawsa, Skream, Paul Woolford, LF System, Special Request, Sherelle, Bradley Zero, Todd Terje, Palms Trax and Dr Banana.

Food Village

Next to the music, there is an great variety of tasty eats and drinks and a relaxing chill out area, making this the most complete Garden Party yet. 

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All photography by Hannah Barnes.

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