Westgate | Leeds WF1 1EP
Phone: 01924 831114
A little further afield than many of Leeds' club and gig venues, Unity Works occupies the city’s underappreciated neighbour, Wakefield. Don’t be put off by the train/bus/car journey, though, as your pilgrimage will lead you to a building firmly planted in the cultural history of Yorkshire.
Beginning life as the Wakefield Co-Operative headquarters, the building evolved into an integral community venue for wrestling bouts, silent film screenings and ballroom dancing. Since its beginnings in 1867, it has continued to be an invaluable part of the Westgate area, and a historic pillar of punk and alternative music in the UK. In the 70s and 80s, Iron Maiden, Human League and even the Ramones graced the stage of the then-named Unity Hall.
Now called Unity Works, the establishment is still as dedicated as ever to cultivating and showcasing talent. Hosting local acts such as Serious Sam Barrett, touring shows from standup comedians and theatre groups and summer markets, Unity Works is a place that rewards those taking the trip out of Leeds city centre. [Edy Hurst]