What’s on at Leeds First Direct Arena in the forthcoming months

There are many reasons to visit Leeds, but one of the biggest draws for many visitors are the gigs and music in Leeds – and it all happens at the Leeds First Direct Arena. There are, of course, lots of different venues to enjoy live music and events in Leeds, but the Arena, being one of the biggest and best, attracts the top names from around the world.

Music at the First Direct Arena this summer

Live music enthusiasts are in for a real treat this summer, with artists and bands such as Olly Murs (20th April), Pharrell Williams (12th June), John Legend (1st July), and exciting newcomer Ben Howard (23rd April) all headlining the Leeds Arena this summer. Between June and October, you can rock out with 5 Seconds of Summer, Fall Out Boy and rock legends Fleetwood Mac, as well as enjoying the incredible voices of Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – not all in one show, sadly, although that would be sensational!

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An interview with Howard Barnett: Making the most out of a wedding photographer

Following on from our blog on what to look for in a wedding photographer, Weetwood Hall had the pleasure of catching up with Howard Barnett, one of the north of England’s most acclaimed wedding photographers.

From what he loves about wedding photography to providing advice for brides and grooms-to-be about finding a quality photographer for their big day, have a read our interview with the fabulous Yorkshire photographer, Howard Barnett.

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How to identify a quality real ale










Real ale, also known as cask ale, is really taking off in British bars, and not just in traditional pubs. Trendy bars and ‘drinkeries’ in vibrant city centres and urban environments are all racing to keep up with demand for a pint of the good stuff. But what really makes a quality real ale? If you’re tasting your very first pint of beer, how do you know what to look out for?

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What to look for in a wedding photographer

After the venue and the dress, wedding photos are one of the most important things to get spot-on when planning a wedding. But where to start finding a photographer, and what questions should you be asking?

Here are eight essential things to look for and ask about when choosing a wedding photographer:

A portfolio with images that match the mood you want for your day. To find a photographer who’s the perfect fit for your wedding, take a look in their portfolio. Look for images that match the mood and style that you want for your wedding photos.

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Home or in a restaurant? The best venues to celebrate Easter with the family

The question of where to hold Easter lunch – at home or in a restaurant – can be very divisive. Just like other special occasions like Christmas Day, some people think that it should be enjoyed at home surrounded by family. However, others are understandably daunted by the pressure to cook a delicious Easter meal and entertain the family, not to mention all the effort, time, money and cleaning up involved.

Which will it be this year – home or away?

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