Real estate company Moda Living, in partnership with promoter New Citizens, has launched what will become the largest open-air events space in Leeds city centre, Canvas Yard.

The 103,000sqft venue will host music, sports, cultural and arts events, with its first event taking place in April. FAC51 Hacienda Open Air, which was announced last year and has already sold out, will take place on 30 April, followed by The Garden Party on 27-28 May.  

Moda Living and New Citizens, the team behind Leeds venues Chow Down and Canal Mills, first joined together in 2022, following an introduction by Leeds City Council. Working with the council and partners across the city, they transformed the disused city centre site and car park into Leeds’ first festival of the season in 2022. 

The sold-out Garden Party featured DJs including Denis Sulta, Derrick Carter, Eats Everything, Ewan McVicar, HAAi, Hot Since 82, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State, Mella Dee, Prospa, Skream and TSHA. This year’s event will be announced shortly as part of a new series of events held at Canvas Yard.

Moda Living has a pipeline of 20,000 homes worth a combined £6.5bn across the UK. Last year it opened its first Leeds neighbourhood, Moda, New York Square, bringing 515 new homes to the city.

Moda marketing director Lydia Eustace said, “The success of last year’s The Garden Party demonstrated a great working partnership and one we were keen to develop. The potential at Canvas Yard is enormous, from health and wellbeing, fitness and sports events to music festivals, art exhibitions, and everything in between.” 

New Citizens director Matt Long said, “We are delighted to be building on our relationship with Moda Living following the success of our 2022 event. The partnership and launch of Canvas Yard will fill a gap in the Leeds cultural landscape providing a space for creativity across, music, arts, film and TV sectors.”