Gladiator star Russell Crowe set to conquer Leeds with new music project

Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe looks on during a photo call for new movie The Mummy in Sydney, Australia, last month. The superstar is heading to Leeds to play a gig at the City Varieties in September.

By Joe Hewlett

RUSSELL CROWE has dazzled and charmed fans around the world in films such as State of Play and A Beautiful Mind for over 25 years.

However, the Hollywood superstar, who won a Golden Globe for his sterling performance in Gladiator, has embarked on a new venture as a songwriter and has chosen Leeds as one of only three cities across the UK and Ireland to showcase what he promises will be “unique material”.

The New Zealand-born actor has linked up with musicians Samantha Barks, Alan Doyle, Carl Falk and Scott Grimes in a band called The Indoor Garden Party – which will release its highly-anticipated new album The Musical next Friday (June 16).

Crowe confirmed on social media The Indoor Garden Party will drop by on Friday, September 29, at the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.


And the announcement is not the only time Crowe has caused a stir in Leeds –  he previously stated his affection to Leeds United Football Club. Back in 2015, there was THAT rumour of the star potentially taking over at Elland Road, fuelled by a cheeky tweet.

Crowe, currently starring alongside Tom Cruise in the reboot of The Mummy franchise, is no stranger to the music industry, previously forming the group 30 Odd Foot of Grunts in the 1980s and performing with The Ordinary Fear of God from 2005.

His new collective, with Canadian folk rock hero Doyle, chart-topping producer Falk and master vocalists Grimes and Barks, claims its focus is on dynamic songs, rich in melody and emotion, spanning a variety of genres including pop, soul, rock and folk.

Tickets range from £46.60 to £295.60 in VIP. 

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