Our very own big wheel opened this weekend. I had a go today in the sunshine and I’m pleased to report that I really enjoyed it! Observation Wheel Leeds (OWL) offers a bird’s eye view of the ever changing Leeds skyline from almost 60 metres up, with 3 spins making up each 12 minute ride. You can clearly see the stunning domes of Kirkgate Market, Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter’s County Arcade and Trinity Leeds. Further in the distance there’s a green glimpse of the futuristic Leeds Arena and the landmark clocktower of the Victorian Leeds Town Hall. I think it’s really interesting to see the mix of architecture, and a great chance for a bit of home-tourist activity!
There’s a commentary in the pod (or ‘gondola’ as they call it), telling you a bit about the wheel, things to see and do in Leeds and playing music via Radio Aire and Magic FM. During the ride I heard Kings of Leon ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by LMFAO. This didn’t necessarily spoil my enjoyment but I naturally started thinking about how I’d personally soundtrack this attraction in a Leeds Playlist style.
Here are ten songs I would recommend you listen to on board the OWL. You’d need to go on four times to hear the full playlist but perhaps you could narrow it down to one day time ride, one night time ride and a bit of queuing time either side. That should do it. Enjoy!
- Massive Attack – Hymn Of The Big Wheel
- Toni Braxton – You’re Makin’ Me High
- Chromatics – In The City
- New Order – Round And Round
- The Peddlers – On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
- Two Gallants – Ride Away
- Gang Of Four – At Home He’s A Tourist
- Cyantific – Neon Skyline
- Röyksopp – Happy Up Here
- Richard Hawley – Standing At the Sky’s Edge
The Observation Wheel Leeds is located next to Kirkgate Market in Union Street car park. It will be there every day until 21 April, from 10am til 10pm and on Sundays til 6pm. Standard adult tickets are £6. More details are available at www.observationwheelleeds.co.uk
Playlist by @Wandapops – Leeds Playlist is my blog, thanks for reading