Our anniversary weekend happened to coincide with the 2nd annual Leeds International Beer Festival at the Town Hall. We love any excuse to go to the Town Hall, and it was a great atmosphere.
The real ale crowd is mature & classy--they even sold drinks in 1/3 pint measures, so you could try more kinds without getting sloshed.
I love the interior of the Victoria Hall
There were food stalls and another beer hall outside in front of the steps. When we arrived, we saw a wedding party leaving the Town Hall--such a shame that they had the beer festival in their photos!
After the beer festival, we went to Sandinista for one last pint before going home. We got raffle tickets with our drinks and didn't think much of it. About half an hour later, they drew the tickets and called out Richard's name! We were shocked--and we didn't actually know what we'd won. It turned out to be VIP tickets to see Leonard Cohen at the new First Direct Arena nearby. Neither of us really knew Leonard Cohen, but we were well up for it! We finished up our pints and trotted over to the arena quickly, because the concert was starting in about half an hour!
In the VIP suite before the show
Even though it was completely unexpected & surreal, we had a great time
Leonard Cohen put on a great show--he's 78, but he has so much energy and a great sense of humor. The concert went on for about four hours, with no opening act! We recognised a couple of his songs--the classic "Hallelujah" which I love and "I'm Your Man". The other people with us in the VIP suite were superfans, though, and knew every song. Richard and I just looked at each other and laughed! Such a crazy night!