Colour Outside the Lines

Colour Outside the Lines

Leeds Ball 17

Leeds Ball 17

On the night

It’s your night to splash out and let loose. On top of a banging line-up we’ve got fairground rides to get your thrills, the nostalgia of the 80s disco, pop-up bars and lip-smacking street food to give you an exceptional night out.

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However you get your thrills we’ve got the rides for you. Get up to dizzying heights on the Ferris Wheel, race on the dodgems or take a leisurely spin on the carousel.  


Take your pick from street food stalls to suit all tastes and dietary needs and don’t forget to swing by our classy cocktail bar outside the Union.


Get into the picture, find exclusive content on our Snapchat leedsuniunion and follow the whole event across our social channels using the #LeedsBallin hashtag.


This year’s theme embodies self-expression. It’s your chance to break the boundaries and be you however you feel comfortable. Go on, step out of the lines.


We’ve got some great acts ready lined up to put some boom in the Ball…

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Sigma DJ Set

Originally formed in Leeds, Sigma scored their first UK hit single “Rudeboy,” a collaboration with the South London-based grime MC Doctor in 2006. In April of the following year the duo enjoyed a UK number one with “Nobody to Love,” a track that took inspiration from Kanye West‘s Yeezus album-closer, “Bound 2”. The single that followed, “Changing,” featured Paloma Faith and became their second platinum chart topper. In 2015, “Higher” (featuring Labrinth), “Glitterball” (featuring Ella Henderson), and “Coming Home” (featuring Rita Ora) all did similarly well, leading up to the release of their debut album Life, via their home-grown label of the same name.

Kurupt FM presents Champagne Steam Rooms

Jenny Doe

Grammy Award winner
Pirate radio station Kurupt FM has been causing a stir over the past few years in radio and TV. Shooting to fame via their Youtube webisodes, they’ve now made it to TV with their series ‘People Just Do Nothing’ launching on BBC3 and playing at the likes of Bestival, Creamfileds, Outlook, Kendal Calling. 



Tickets for Leeds Ball 2017 have now sold out.


Lost your ticket? E-tickets can be reprinted as long as they haven’t already been redeemed. Lost physical tickets can’t be replaced, so keep a tight hold.

You can exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket from Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 3 June at Helpdesk. Please bring your e-ticket as a print out or on your phone. 

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What ID do I need?

To get you in on the night, you’re going to need ID bearing your photograph, date of birth, and a holographic mark.

Examples of appropriate identification include:

  • A valid photo card driving licence
  • A valid in datepassport
  • A proof of age card bearing the PASS hologram

Student cards are not a proof of ID and we will not be accepting them.
You’ve gotta be over 18 to attend Leeds Ball, and you’ll need to prove it too, so remember to pack that ID.  

Food & Drink

There’s plenty of food stalls offering a huge variety of tasty treats to fuel your partying.

The Ball also boasts a number of outdoor and indoor bars throughout the building including a classy cocktail bar and the fabulous Wonder Water stand to keep you hydrated all night long.

You can pay on card or with cash at most of the bars, but you may want to bring cash to beat the queues. There will also be a cash machine on site.

Dress Code

Go bright, bold or whatever says ‘you’.

Whatever you count as gladrags are all right by us.

Where and When?

The party is right here on campus on Saturday 3 June, going on throughout the night on the Precinct and inside your Union building.  Remember to bring your ID with you. Once you’re in the party, there is no readmittance so make sure you have all friends, keys, phone and that bright red lipstick with you before you arrive.

The night kicks off at 9pm and you can dance til dawn (6am to be exact).

Who can attend?

If you go to the University of Leeds, are over 18 and fancy partying the night away then there’s nothing stopping you.

You can also bring guests who don’t come to Leeds Uni, you just have to get the tickets for them.

What is Leeds Ball?

Leeds Ball is that night you can break out of the mould and colour outside the lines.

From dusk until dawn we’ve got live music, fairground thrills and a night bursting with possibilities to give you the best send off for summer.


Terms & Conditions

  • Right of admission reserved.
  • Over 18s only – photo ID will be required for entry.
  • No Pass Outs will be issued – please bring everything you need with you.
  • We reserve the right to change the event timings, line-up or other aspects without prior notification.
  • Strobe lighting may be used.
  • In some areas recommended sounds levels may be exceeded.
  • No bottles, cans, food or illegal substances may be brought into the Leeds Ball.
  • We reserve the right to search guests on entry and refuse entry to those unwilling to be searched.
  • Entry to individual arenas is subject to capacity and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please keep your tickets safe as lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Leeds University Union operates a zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment.
  • In the event of cancellation, only the face value of the ticket will be refunded.
  • Tickets are neither refundable or transferrable.
  • No professional type audio recording equipment may be brought into the venue without authorisation.
  • Ticket holders agree to appear for no fee in any filming and/or recording of the event attended.           
  • Keep your ticket in a safe place as you would money or regular tickets.
  • The barcode on your ticket allows one entry per scan.
  • Unauthorised duplication of your ticket may prevent your admittance to the event.
  • Unlawful resale of tickets is grounds for seizure or cancellation without refund or compensation.
  • In the event that duplicate copies of tickets appear, the venue reserves the right to refuse entry to all ticket holders.
  • Your attention is drawn to all terms and conditions at

Leeds Ball is a charity fundraising event – Registered Charity 1136742.

The proceeds from this event will be used to create a better Leeds University Union.



With thanks to our sponsors