LIVE AT LEEDS have announced the full line-up for the increasingly popular city-wide day festival. In an era where weekend-long events are becoming predictable and unappealing, it is the duty of municipal festivals to keep punters interested in live music and offer exciting line-ups.
With over 200 acts to choose from a wide range of genres, cities and countries; L@L once again seem to be offering something new, whilst still putting bonafide favourites on a platform to further themselves.
We’ve once again highlighted five acts that are, in our opinion, must-see. Whatever you do and whoever you choose to see at Live at Leeds 2019, make sure these five acts are part of your plans.
2019 will see Vant make their highly anticipated comeback to the live scene – a fierce spectacle of how live music should be performed, the band are ready to unleash fury on a crowd desperate to graciously take a second bite of the Vant cherry. What they left behind was a moreish, guitar lathered sound in the form of Parking Lot and The Answer and a live presence bold enough to convince anyone that they are the missing link between ‘rock’ bands of yesteryear and the new wave of a genre in apparent decline.
Alongside Vant will be hotly-tipped ‘newbie’ Sam Fender. Already crowned with the Critics’ Choice Award at this year’s Brit Awards, Fender’s impressive form has continued with the accolade of selling out Newcastle‘s Mouth of the Tyne festival in the shortest time scale ever. To put it into context, album-less Sam Fender shifted 4,000 tickets quicker than ska-icons The Specials, Manc legends Elbow and glam-rock hero Bryan Ferry. His set will be packed, but if you are one of the lucky few to squeeze into the venue, be sure to savour every single moment.
If you miss any of our ‘must-see’ labelled acts, make sure that Kate Tempest is not one of those. Sensational story telling; notably on 2016 album Let Them Eat Chaos where she dissects the state of politics and culture whilst simultaneously deconstructing the lives of seven people living on the same street – all of whom have never met. Tempest is an incredible performer, and her headline set at a torrential-rain-struck Deer Shed Festival in 2017 perfectly complemented her gritty yet relatable and relevant message.
Having released one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of the year (so far), Indoor Pets are an indie-pop outfit from Kent – but you probably already knew that. With ‘bangers’ such as Being Strange, their full length record, titled Be Content is a fourteen track accumulation of weird and wonderful track names such as Cutie Pie, I’m Bloated and The Mapping of Dandruff. We are sure that Indoor Pets will be a household name for years to come, but Live at Leeds will be their first festival as a band-with-an-album.
With lashings of grunge, London quarter Bloxx have all the hallmarks to be branded as an ‘instant classic.’ It is clear to see the appeal, too. With incredibly catchy yet angst riddled anthems such as Curtains, the band’s addition to not only Live at Leeds, but the likes of Tramlines, Hardwick Live and opening the Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds Festival is an indication of how promising this band are. It would be wise to use Live at Leeds as an introduction to the band before kicking yourself this time next year when you look back at the poster.
LIVE AT LEEDS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY MAY 4TH 2019