Along a trail of Leeds’ brilliant array of music venues, weaving from Social Club to Uni hall, on April 29 you’ll find a trove of emerging new musical talent as well as established headliners, at Live at Leeds festival.
As Coachella has kicked off the festival season under the California sun, the UK turns to Leeds to commence a jam-packed festival season. With a line up comprising of some of the freshest homegrown talent, Live at Leeds highlights the stand-out artists to define the sound of 2017.
The city has always been a powerhouse for musical talent and memorable moments. From The Who’s benchmark rock show that the festival takes it’s name, to Artic Monkey’s 2005 Leeds festival performance, the metropolis pulls in some of the UK’s most eager fans – and Live at Leeds is no different.
Topping the bill are a mix of revered live favourites, and recent success stories including post-punkers White Lies, Scotland’s cult rockers Frightened Rabbit as well as Southend success story, Nothing But Thieves. However, it’s the eclectic mix of artist’s lower down the packed bill that are the real draw. The festival is a unique opportunity to see such a varied and exciting array of refreshing new artists through the course of one day.
Of these artists, the line-up always makes time for local talent and the opportunities the festival provides these artists in their infancy, has meant that many Yorkshire band’s wings now stretch far throughout the UK music scene. Leeds favourites, Clay, will be topping off a career-defining month, which saw them sign their first Record Deal with Lab Records and release indie banger ‘Saint’, with a hometown performance before setting off on a mini UK tour for their biggest shows to date. [Clay play Leeds Beckett (Dr Martens Stage) at 5:30 pm]
Just weeks after the release of their nostalgic indie-rock debut LP, Love In The 4th Dimension, and fresh from a US tour, The Big Moon will showcase their enthralling new record, which took just 12 days to record but brings together over two and half years of hard work. Their narrative and poetic writing that will pull the Brudenell crowd back into a 90s. Hits like Cupid and Sucker are such to be unmissable sing along Live at Leeds moments. [The Big Moony play Brudenell Social Club (DIY Stage) at 10:00 pm]
One of 2017’s most talked about new bands – shooting to acclaim following the release of Dumb Blood – VANT are sure to make a defiant returns to Leeds, headlining The Key Club. Delivering awakening garage rock, interlaced with political lyricism, the ferocity of their message is easily matched by their onstage energy and talent. [VANT will headline The Key Club (Dork Stage) at 9:30pm]
Sivu returns to Leeds, after mesmerising audiences with beautiful lyricism matched by shimmering textures and down to earth charm. A creative hiatus sees James Page’s return, with new single, Childhood House, as fans anticipate the release of his upcoming second album, from Alt-J producer Charlie Andrew. The album seeks to the raw and unassuming sound and feel of the live performance. As he graces the stage at The Wardrobe Bar, we anticipate a preview of Sivu’s summer release with a flurry of new live material. [Catch Sivu play at the Wardrobe Bar at 7:30 pm]
Slaves are a band, whether punchy yet playful punk is your thing, you need to witness live. Their rare chemistry and energy means they match cheeky heckling and charm, with impassioned and chaotic choruses, which are sure to ignite the crowd into a playful mosh. [Slaves play O2 Academy at 9:00 pm]
Atmospheric soundscapes and lyrical harmonies, fresh from recording down under and finally releasing live favourite, Victoria Falls, the London four-piece sound is accomplished and intelligent. Sandwiched within their UK tour, Flyte promise melodic indie tunes with an effortless appeal. [Flyte play LUU Stylus at 6:15 pm]
With over 150 artists, including Rationale, AJ Tracey, Wild Beats, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, DMA’s, Clean Cut Kid, Wild Beats, The Pigeon Detectives and Jagwar Ma performing across the day, you can leave your wellingtons and waterproof at home to enjoy a unparalleled snapshot of 2017’s newest and most exciting artists, making Live at Leeds an unmissable 2017 music experience.
Live at Leeds will be taking place on April 29, tickets are available from £32.50, here: http://liveatleeds.com
Words by Niall Flynn