LIVE AT LEEDS has become one of the most sought after events in the musical calendar across the past half-a-decade. Combining the biggest and best acts with those on the verge of breaking through, LaL returns once again on May 4th and the first announcement does not disappoint.
With many opting for the one-day festival option as opposed to paying a small fortune to watch the bands through a screen from the back of a tent, Live at Leeds was one of the front runners for this kind of event. Taking place across Leeds at venues from Church to O2 Academy, the line up always boasts at least a handful of bands you love, and for the measly sum of circa £30, it is rude not to check out someone new.
Metronomy, Sundara Karma and Tom Grennan are the first to be placed at the top of the bill, but the quality trickles all the way through. Here are our first five ‘must see’ acts:
A combination of Palma Violets and The Big Moon. What’s not to love? Do not be fooled into thinking this is simply a regurgitation, though. Gently Tender‘s debut single, 2 Chords Good, is ceremonious, glorious and host to typical Sam Fryer vocals. Currently working on debut LP having toured briefly at the back-end of 2018, they are definitely one to watch – even if you’re a cynic who misses Palma Violets desperately.
2018 was a sensational year for Dream Wife. A debut album, excessive tours; both as support and as headliners, as well as a plethora of festival slots certainly put the Brighton outfit on the map. An incredible force on the live circuit and seemingly only ever getting better, Dream Wife will definitely be a band that we look back on in a few years and wonder why they weren’t headlining 2019‘s edition of Live at Leeds.
The English Riviera (2011) is one of the most complete records of the 21st century. Brimming with synths and hypnotic vocals, they have consistently served tracks of an instantaneous infectious nature. Summer 08 (2016) is their latest offering and once again gave Metronomy a platform to demonstrate how majestic they truly are. ‘Old Skool‘ is a particularly brilliant release from the critically acclaimed LP.
Fresh from touring with band-of-the-moment Idles (whom they have also just released a split 7″ with), Heavy Lungs’ post-punk demeanour is one to be praised. Heading out their own headline UK run later this month, the Bristol outfit combine adrenaline inducing music with hauntingly gritty vocals. Last year’s EP, Abstract Thoughts, brilliantly demonstrated across just five tracks (including Poster Boy) how exciting Heavy Lungs are.
After two years away from making music, Lauren Aquilina is back and we couldn’t be happier. A quartet of EPs (Fools, Liars, Sinners, Ocean) and an LP (Isn’t it Strange?) were released before a temporary hiatus, but now back wth new music (Psycho), it will be interesting to see what the Bristol born singer-songwriter will bring to Live at Leeds. There will be fans desperate to catch Lauren after missing out pre-2016, so be sure to get down early to secure a spot at whichever venue she lights up.
As more acts are announced we will offer more in-depth features with those on the bill.
The current line-up is below.