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Live Music

Bradford's often punched above its weight when it comes to the big names which have emerged from here in the past such as The Cult,  Allan Holdsworth, Tasmin Archer, Gareth Gates, Smokie, New Model Army, Terrorvision to name a few. 

Bradford's live music scene is buzzing, at least when it comes to its eclectic mix of bands and a growing list of live venues. A wide selection of pubs and music venues in the city host regular band evenings. 



Live music!! – the heart and soul of Nightrain – will be available on most, if not all weekends as well as select weekdays throughout the year. This will include local bands, covers bands and the best in Tributes from the UK and beyond. Mainstream artists will be a regular attraction with many famous names.

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The Underground

Bradford's New Live Music Venue Live Music | Bar | Beer | Cider | Real Ale | Spirits | Cocktails.

The Underground is in the heart of Bradford, situated at 9 Duke Street a stones throw away from North Parade

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Burnel Rooms

Part underground club, part Parisian jazz cafe, part speakeasy artistic space situated within its own venue space of the Bradford Playhouse.

tThe room is used throughout the year by Visual Artists, renowned Musicians and Immersive Theatre Practitioners from around the world. Hosting events like the Threadfest festival, which sees up to thirty events take over the entire building over a three day period!

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Live at Ginger Goose

Live music events ranging from solo artists to six piece bands to bandeoke events. Frequent events, with great people in a fantastic atmosphere

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The Sun Hotel

Bradford's Longest Standing Gay Bar.

Drag Queens , Karaoke, Cabaret, 

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The Mill

Small underground club with a big personality in Bradford which has been going for a good 20 years! Clubbing like it used to be where the priority is the music and the party

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St George's Hall

One of the UK’s oldest concert halls

St George’s Hall has enjoyed colourful and varied visits by musicians and performers over the last 166 years.  In the early 1950’s blues artists, jazz orchestras and rock n’ roll bands played at the venue. Then came folk, glam rock, prog-rock, heavy metal, punk, new wave, ska, bhangra and pop.  Many famous names have performed here including the late David Bowie, Genesis, Queen, Bryan Adams, Blondie, Jools Holland, Morrissey, INXS and the Boomtown Rats. 


Bradford is proud of the city’s most famous son, David Hockney often described as the greatest living painter. You can view his work at Salts Mill and Cartwright Hall but he is not the only artist from Bradford. 

Peter Robson is an artist who paints surreal images, often presenting politically-driven events, to provoke questions on the decisions and actions of those in power. He is originally from the north-east of England, but has lived in Shipley, and more recently, Cleckheaton, since 1987

John Philip Busby (1928–2015) RSW RSA was an influential artist whose close observation of nature and dedication to drawing from life inspired several generations of leading wildlife artists

Doug Binder (born 1941) is an English artist lauded as "Britain's master of colour". His work, although varying greatly over the course of his career, now inclines exclusively towards a study of the human form through the medium of oil paint. Along with Dudley Edwards and David Vaughan, he co-founded the design collective BEV in the 1960s.

Peter Layton has been at the forefront of British studio glass since the 1970s, contributing more than most to its promotion and burgeoning success. Peter dedicates his time to developing the skills of the next generation and for over more than 40 years, scores of talented glassmakers have worked under his tutelage.


Salts Mill & 1853 Gallery

1853 Gallery David Hockney
The world’s largest permanent collections of Hockney artworks is housed in Salts Mill, in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saltaire, not far from Bradford city.. On the ground floor you will find the 1853 Gallery which houses a permanent exhibition of works by David Hockney.

iGallery 2 and the Saltaire Exhibition on the second floor is a long gallery that is used for temporary exhibitions.

Cartwright Hall 

The Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall focuses on his life and work.  The permanent gallery contains works spanning his career, and previously unseen photos from his personal albums.

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