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Leeds Town Hall was built between 1853 and 1858 to provide a base for various municipal departments; in the present day however its Baroque-styled setting is more familiar with Leeds music lovers, having become a fixture venue for the city's annual multi-venue music showcase Live at Leeds, as well as hosting numerous other respected touring artists.
With a maximum capacity of around 1200 people, the Leeds Town Hall has hosted several of contemporary pop music's mainstays of the Millennium, including Travis, The Cribs and the Super Furry Animals. The strong acoustics in the venue also lend itself well to classical music, and the Town Hall subsequently hosts the triannual Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, while popular Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi has also graced its stage.
One of the most unique settings for live performance in Leeds, a trip to the Town Hall is a must if only to marvel at the grandiose pillars and magesterial architecture of its interior. [William Gunn]