International Stars arrive for Leeds Carnival 50

Edwin Yeardon

Leeds Carnival never fails to attract the biggest names, and they’re out in force this weekend for our 50th birthday.

We are privileged to welcome Barbadian soca music star Edwin Yearwood (pictured above) to Leeds, with the “Soca King” appearing across the city to join the celebrations with us. Anyone lucky enough to grab a ticket for our now-sold-out King & Queen Show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday evening will be treated to a special guest appearance from Edwin.

If you weren’t lucky enough to grab tickets, the entire show will be streamed live in both the Leeds West Indian Centre in Chapeltown and the City Centre’s Millennium Square free of charge this Friday evening.

Edwin will also be rounding off the day in style with a performance on the Carnival main stage after the troupes have completed their journey. Both performances have been made possible thanks to the hard work and support of the Leeds 2023 team.



Anyone even vaguely familiar with soca and calypso will have heard of Baron thanks to his hits “Sweet Soca Man” and “Doh Rock It So”, and he’ll also be present and correct this weekend. The Baron will be a special guest at the Soca Monarch Show in the Leeds West Indian Centre this Saturday 26th August from 10pm. Tickets are priced at £10.

You can find our full list of events and how you can get involved with this most special of Carnivals here