Moda Living and New Citizens launch Canvas Yard

Developer operator Moda Living and New Citizens launch Canvas Yard - Leeds’ largest event space in the city centre.

Canvas Yard launched by Moda Living and New Citizens on a development site currently in planning for Caddick Group | BTR News
Canvas Yard launched by Moda Living and New Citizens on a development site currently in planning for Caddick Group.

Moda Living and cultural event specialist New Citizens launch Canvas Yard, a dedicated – and the city’s largest – event space in Leeds. The 103,000 sq ft open-air events venue will play host to music, sports, cultural and arts events. With capacity for 5,000 people, the space will also provide local employment and spend in this area of the city. 

Based at City One, a development site currently in planning for Caddick Group, Canvas Yard is a short walk from the Leeds train station. It is the first development in the site’s plans to become a vibrant new city centre neighbourhood – and is part of Caddick Group’s wider masterplan that will deliver an outstanding new area of Leeds.

Canvas Yard’s first event will kick off in April, with a stellar line up of events including FAC51 Hacienda Open Air on 30 April and the legendary The Garden Party at the end of May. FAC51 Hacienda Open Air, featuring Roger Sanchez, Dimitri from Paris, Todd Terry, Derrick Carter and Graeme Park, was announced last year.

“Our collaboration with New Citizens on The Garden Party last year was a huge success and one we were keen to develop. The potential at Canvas Yard is enormous, from health and wellbeing, fitness and sports events to music festivals, art exhibitions, and everything in between – we can’t wait for the event programme that will come forward at Canvas Yard. New Citizens share the Moda ethos of wellbeing and community and so it’s fantastic that we can announce the launch of Canvas Yard in association with them.” 

Lydia Eustace, Marketing Director, Moda
Canvas Yard site in Leeds | BTR News
Canvas Yard site in Leeds.

Moda Living and New Citizens, the team behind the renowned Chow Down and Canal Mills, first joined forces in 2022, following conversations between Leeds City Council and Caddick Group. Working with the council, friends and partners across the city, they transformed the iconic brownfield site into Leeds’ first festival of the season. The Garden Party was a sell out as some of the world’s most renowned DJs, including Denis Sulta Eats Everything, Ewan McVicar, HAAi, Hot Since 82, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State, and TSHA attracted partygoers from all over the UK. This year’s event will be announced as part of a new series of events held at Canvas Yard.

“We are delighted to be building on our relationship with Moda Living following the success of our 2022 event. The collaboration and launch of Canvas Yard will fill a gap in the Leeds cultural landscape providing a space for creativity across, music, arts, film and TV sectors.”

Matt Long, Director, New Citizens
The Garden Party | BTR News
The Garden Party.

New Citizens focus on projects within the music, events and hospitality sectors throughout the UK, attracting over 100,000 attendees per year to their events.

Moda Living is the UK’s leading creator and operator of rental communities that does things differently. The developer operator has a pipeline of 20,000 homes worth a combined £6.5bn across the UK. Built on its core brand foundations of customer service, ESG, health and wellbeing and technology, Moda’s portfolio of largescale neighbourhoods and range of accommodation products and price points is pioneering positive change in the rental landscape across the country – and at a much-needed time. Last year, Moda opened its first Leeds neighbourhood, Moda, New York Square, providing 515 state-of-the-art Build to Rent homes. The development became Moda’s third to achieve a three-star Fitwell certification.