A project in Leeds is tapping into the rich tapestry of musical history that reverberates through the city, capturing generations of musical memories through an online archive known as Leodis. The archive boasts a collection of hundreds of tickets, once the golden passes to unforgettable live performances by legendary artists such as The Beatles, Elton John, and U2.

Music enthusiasts of all ages are urged to contribute their own anecdotes to the archive, aiming to construct a permanent record that pays homage to Leeds’ illustrious musical legacy.

Among the noteworthy occasions chronicled in the archive is the night when Beatlemania gripped Leeds. The Odeon Theatre on The Headrow witnessed the Fab Four being mobbed by adoring fans during their third performance in the city. Despite the previous visits, the enthusiasm of the fans remained undiminished, with throngs gathering outside the venue to catch a glimpse of their idols.

Captured in black and white images within the Leodis archive are scenes of the fortunate few who secured entry, captured in moments of ecstatic screaming and cheering as The Beatles delivered their iconic performance.

One attendee, who has added their story to Leodis, said: “It was the day I finished my O-Level exams, and I went with a school friend who had been given the tickets last minute by somebody who couldn’t go.

“The Queens Hall was a complete dump and got so hot during the gig that condensation rained down on us from the ceiling. Elton was mind-blowingly good – the voice, the acrobatic piano playing, the goose bump inducing songs! My dad arrived to pick us up and Elton was still performing but security let him stand at the back, so he also ended up seeing about an hour of the show.”

Other memorable tickets in the collection include U2’s concert at Elland Road in 1987, where the band graced the stage on a sweltering summer evening, and Bruce Springsteen’s unforgettable performance, officially opening the First Direct Arena in 2013.

Louise Birch, Leeds Libraries senior librarian, has been collating the ticket collection, and hopes they will inspire others to submit their own tickets and share their stories.

She said: “The project came about as I was going through some of my own ticket stubs that I’d collected over the years, and I realised that many venues don’t actually issue physical tickets anymore.

“Leeds has hosted some of the biggest names in music over the years along with a thriving local gig scene and some incredible venues that have become a huge part of the city’s story.

“Every single one of these tickets also represents a unique memory for the person who went to that gig and what we really want is for people to share those memories and experiences and help us build a living, constantly evolving archive of live music in Leeds.”

Music enthusiasts are invited to scan or photograph their tickets and submit them to images@leeds.gov.uk or share their comments on the Leodis website.

Leeds Libraries, overseeing the Leodis project, is particularly interested in tickets related to iconic events such as Roundhay Park Concerts featuring The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna, as well as historical performances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Oasis, and Tom Jones.

Councillor Mary Harland, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “Leeds has a proud and illustrious musical heritage which has seen the city host countless memorable gigs by some renowned performers.

“It’s fantastic that our library service is preserving that legacy so people can relive their experiences and so they can be shared with future generations for many years to come.”

Run by Leeds Libraries, Leodis is an online photographic archive featuring over 68,000 images of Leeds spanning centuries, accessible for free at [Leodis Website](https://www.leodis.net).