Female fronted rock at it's best! Empress are now in their 10th year performing all over Yorkshire, The North West & North East of England, covering everything from Evanescence, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Skunk Anansie, Alannah Myles, Heart, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Pat Benetar, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Halestorm, Black Sabbath, ACDC & so much more in a venue near you.......
“I’ve often been asked how I came to the name EMPRESS….the inspiration for this came from my curiosity in the mystical! “The Empress” Tarot card is one of the strongest in the pack – her symbol is VENUS who just happens to be the goddess of artists, she helps them painstakingly develop their pieces from clay to statue, from first brushstroke to masterpiece. I thought it was perfect.”
The Duck & Drake is an historic pub in the centre of Leeds in beautiful West Yorkshire. Expect to find the finest cask ales and some of the tastiest live music anywhere in the city!
A fine example of a two-roomed Victorian corner pub retaining some original features. Wood-floored throughout and some of the floorboards have survived two hundred years of trade.
The central bar with fifteen handpumps sits in between and serves both rooms.
There is live music most nights from a small stage in the corner of the front room, which also features a mural on the back wall depicting many blues and rock legends and is decorated with various music memorabilia.
The pub has existed under several different names including THE HORSE & GROOM & THE BROUGHAM'S ARMS. During the second world war Broughams had a reputation for being a place where women would meet and entertain American GI’s. It wasn't until 1985 - while the pub was under the care of landlord Les Moon - that the name changed to The Duck & Drake. Though the present name is represented in the form of waterfowl it actually refers to the pastime of skimming stones on water called “ducks & drakes”.
Parking is often tricky... There is an NCP car park quite close by but it closes bang on 11pm - so if the bands still rocking - your car may get locked in!
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.