Local Artists Showcased at Leeds’ Victoria Gate Casino Entertainment
For regular gamblers, an evening at the casino usually means spending some time at the blackjack table or taking your chances at roulette. But for most people, a night out at the local casino translates into the opportunity to spend a few hours in luxury, grab a few drinks and enjoy the entertainment on offer – including the chance to discover a local act playing a live gig.
Las Vegas comes to Leeds
Yorkshire’s own Victoria Gate Casino at Leeds – which is not only the most popular casino in the area, but the largest gambling venue in the North in general – takes every opportunity to showcase local talent in its live music nights. Home to the vibrant Curve bar, which specialises in champagne cocktails and live entertainment, Victoria Gate Casino regularly hosts artists and musicians, with live music nights including tribute bands for pop and R&B idols like Whitney Huston, Lionel Richie, and Frank Sinatra. Offering tribute nights alludes to the familiar Las Vegas tradition, where some of the world’s best casinos include legendary artists like Celine Dion in their roster of resident singers, or entertain guests with tribute bands and even with the famous Elvis impersonators.
Live music is an important part of contemporary casino culture and is linked to wider developments in the casino industry that seems to ride on a ‘live’ trend. Even online casinos nowadays pull out all the stops in their effort to provide a seamless, immersive, ‘live’ experience to online players. This is why industry leaders like NetEnt invest in cutting edge tech and boast an upgraded user interface that allows a lifelike live dealer game – where gamblers can play blackjack or roulette with a human dealer, simulating the brick-and-mortar casino experience. At the Victoria Gate Casino, the ‘live’ experience spills over to the world of sports, too, as the venue routinely hosts viewings of live sports games, ranging from football and rugby to boxing, which is ideal for gamblers interested in sports betting.
Live Entertainment for every taste
But live gigs by up-and-coming artists are the best thing about the entertainment on offer. The schedule these days includes talented people like York-based singer and songwriter Laura Kindelan. Her folk style guitar-based music is quickly catching on, especially after she released her latest single called ‘Sippin’ Whisky’. Other acts include the Vanilla Men, who specialise in boy band covers, talented multi-instrumentalist and student at the Leeds College of Music Elliot Decaro, and of course local rising star Jemma Johnson – straight out of Leeds and already making a splash on the indie pop charts.
Victoria Gate Casino also offers other types of live gigs, like their recent stand-up comedy night which featured stars like Martin Mor, a former circus performer who discovered he has a knack for comedy, Richard Massara, Anna Thomas, and Leeds-based Charlie Hopkinson. Born and raised in Ilkley of West Yorkshire, Hopkinson rose to fame thanks to his famous voice impersonations. Highlights of his acts include Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones characters, along with his signature Morgan Freeman and Peaky Blinders impersonations.
And of course, for those looking for their fix of drag queen realness, the Victoria Gate Casino is regularly hosting drag bingo nights, with local legends such as Lady Penelope and her fabulous entourage!