Live at Leeds preview

Posted by vibrations on 18-04-16

Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Live At Leeds not only set the template for all the one day urban/metropolitan festivals that have emerged over the last decade, but continues to develop and expand in ways that leave other similar events and imitators desperately struggling to keep up.

So, this year we get over 200 bands, playing across 22 stages at 16 venues for the main festival, with an additional 5 venues catering for the Fringe element. The range of bands playing is once again truly astonishing, with the likes of Ghostpoet, The Future of the Left, Jess Glynne, We Are Scientists, Corrinne Bailey Rae and Band of Skulls headlining the main stages, while some of the best up and coming bands from around the country make Live At Leeds truly a full day’s feast of musical delights.

For the first time this year the festival expands significantly outside of the Bank Holiday by linking up with the 2016 Leeds Digital Festival, which itself runs from 26 to 30 April, with an additional event on 19 April. The festival aims to celebrate digital culture in all its forms, with a significant slice of that being given over to the impact on music. On 29 April the two festivals come together in the Live At Leeds Music And Digital Festival Friday Music Panels, a full day of discussions, panels and workshops taking place at The Wardrobe and Leeds College of Music, examining the impact and influence of, and opportunities offered by, digital technology on music.

And of course, for those who spend their Sunday wisely, there will still be the chance to cheer on teams in Live At Leeds Extra Time 5-a-side football tournament on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May), which runs all afternoon from 1:00pm.

We know people don’t go to Live At Leeds JUST for the headline bands, because slotted in one of the smaller venues at some obscure time in the afternoon, especially when all the big venues are impossible to get into, you’re highly likely to stumble across what will become your New Favourite Band. So, here’s Vibrations guide to some of the smaller bands you should check out on that very basis…..

Glass Caves– big guitars and big songs have brought this band a huge amount of media and radio attention over the last year or, so chances are they’re going places (Briggate outdoor stage, 12:00noon)

ZoZo– hyper active, hyper ventilating even, punk-funk-jazz grooves guaranteed to get your feet moving, even this early in the day (Belgrave Music Hall, 1:00pm)

NARCS– emphatic and impassioned indie with proper, inventive songs that breathe new life into a well-worn genre (Brudenell Social Club, 1:00pm)

Hilary and The Hate Crimes– garage/rockabilly trio burning rubber on the road of rock’n’roll (Hyde Park Book Club, 3:00pm)

Kleine Schweine– a band happy and proud to be described as PUNK ROCK, Kleine Schweine gigs tend to be raucous affairs liberally splattered with booze and, sometimes, blood, and you may find yourself singing along to songs berating East European dictators….(Leeds Becket Uni Union, 4:30pm)

Happy Daggers– infectious funk soul stylings from this quintet regularly gracing radio stations and festivals up and down the country (Milo’s, 4:30pm)

Alter Hanglands- Leeds-based blues-folkster Harry Ridgeway’s alterego, soul-soothing music in the perfect venue (Holy Trinity Church, 5.15pm)

Forever Cult– pumped up grunge with filthy, low end guitars (Leeds Becket Uni Union, 5:30pm)

DMA’s- anthemic cult heroes with dreamy jangling guitars, haunting melodies and highly hooky choruses - expect sing-along galore from the acclaimed indie three piece (Leeds Uni Refectory, 6:45pm)

Beach Baby- Psyche-led, grunge-pop drenched in surf and full of peppy melodies - perfect to snap you out of the early-evening slump (Brudenell Social Club, 8:00pm)

Galaxians– this classy soul/funk drums and keys duo have recently added vocalist Emma Mason to their ranks, a move that’s taken their music to another level. And keep this to yourself, but if you want to end Live At Leeds in the best possible way, this is where you need to be….(Hyde Park Book Club, 9:30pm)

Japanese Fighting Fish– scuzzy low end guitars playing punked up grunge with a strong sense of melody and rhythm. All bases covered then. (Milo’s, 9:30pm)

Dancing Years– this multi instrumental quintet play intelligent chamber pop that manages to be both epic and intimate at the same time (Nation of Shopkeepers, 11:00pm)

More Live At Leeds info and full line up details here

More info on the Leeds Digital Festival here