Live at Leeds

Live at Leeds returns to West Yorkshire‘s favourite city next month in what will be the biggest event of its kind so far. Boasting with exceptional talent yet again, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to provide ‘something for everyone’ across a plethora of wonderful venues.

Creating a blend of both up-and-coming acts as well as bonafide favourites is no mean feat, but across a day of incredible bands Leeds will play host to everyone from Sam Fender to Matt BowmanKate Tempest to Tom Grennan.

Below is our ‘must-see’ guide – aka our opinion on who you should definitely catch. If you’re at a loose end, or have bought your ticket in the hope of finding your next favourite band; this guide will be perfect for you.

BBC Introducing Stage – Oporto


Our MUST SEE act on this stage has to be ZUZU. A sensational 2018, which was emphasised when greeted by packed out crowds while opening for Courteeners, has rocketed Zuzu to the top of this year’s BBC Introducing stage.

It is easy to see the appeal, to be honest. Not just portraying their art through music – but also via comic book illustration and directing, Zuzu is very quickly making herself known on critic’s radars – be sure to catch her at Oporto before looking back at previous lineups in years to come and wondering how you missed her.

Listen to: Can’t Be Alone.

The full BBC Introducing Stage, Oporto lineup is:

  • La Rissa
  • Cruel World
  • Household Dogs
  • Sophie and the Giants
  • Thyla
  • Pizzagirl
  • Lauran Hibberd
  • Far Caspian
  • Zuzu

Belgrave Music Hall


Finishing a day of fantastic music at Belgrave will be songstress Lauren Aquilina. After a stint away from the music industry, she is finally back and ready to showcase exactly why she’s received as much praise as she did pre-hiatus.

Expect the classics, as well as some new material that has been teased such as Tobacco in My Sheets and If Looks Could Kill. Offering a heart-on-her-sleeve approach to songwriting, Aquilina was announced amongst the first names and I can guarantee there are people with tickets solely to catch a glimpse of her.

Listen to: Tobacco In My Sheets

The full Belgrave Music Hall lineup is:

  • Hello Cosmos
  • Dan D’Lion
  • Upshal
  • Oli Fox
  • Jesse Jo Stark
  • Millie Turner
  • Jvck James
  • Kwassa
  • Orla Gartland
  • Lauren Aquilina

Dance to the Radio Stage – Church


Church is arguably the most beautiful venue in the whole of Yorkshire – never mind just Leeds. With staggering views aplenty and traditional decor, it is a venue that we’ve caught bands like Manchester Orchestra at in the past.

The 2019 lineup at Church is brimming with talent, but our tip has to be Scottish alt-rockers Fatherson. We first discovered Fatherson way back in 2015 at Deer Shed 6 and have followed them closely since. Their latest album, Sum of All Your Parts, sounds as good as they ever have and has led them to packed out headline shows across the country and europe.

Listen to: I Like Not Knowing

The full Dance to the Radio, Church, lineup is:

  • Cavetown
  • Shadowlark
  • The Mysterines
  • Cassia
  • Fatherson
  • Seafret
  • The Slow Readers Club

Dork Stage – The Wardrobe


It is hard to look further than Swim Deep in terms of an essential, must-catch band at the Dork Stage. Their long-awaited comeback will be complemented with a show at The Wardrobe and if 2015 LP is anything to go by, the B-town indie-poppers will be providing psychy synth vibes and lots of ‘em.

The indie classics Honey, King City and To My Brother have soundtracked summers around the country, and if the weather stays bright and warm Swim Deep’s return will be as beautiful as the lyrics in She Changes the Weather.

Listen to: Namaste.

The full Dork Stage, The Wardrobe, lineup is:

  • VANT
  • The Hubbards
  • Bloxx
  • No Hot Ashes
  • The Lottery Winners
  • Spinn
  • RedFaces
  • Sports Team
  • The Snuts
  • Swim Deep

Dr Martens Boot Room – Brudenell Social Club


Brudenell Social Club isn’t just a venue. It is a way of life. Not just for the people of Leeds either. We’ve made the pilgrimage to the intimate venue time and time again and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Opening the Dr Martens Boot Room stage there this year is Tallsaint – an electro-pop phenomena ready to blow you away with Grimes-esque soundscapes. Be sure to get down early for this set and start your Live at Leeds off with a belter.

Listen to: Touch.

The full Dr Martens Boot Room, Brudenell Social Club, lineup is:

  • Tallsaint
  • Childcare
  • Ed the Dog
  • The Jungle Giants
  • Benin City
  • Altopalo
  • Chappaqua Wrestling
  • Fur
  • Another Sky
  • The Murder Capital
  • Indoor Pets
  • Easy Life

Dr Martens Second Stage – Brudenell Social Club


One of the first acts that raised our eyebrows when looking at 2019’s edition of Live at Leeds was definitely Gently Tender. A Palma Violets/The Big Moon hybrid sounds too good to be true, but unlike the usual scams of that nature, this one has actually come to fruition.

Offering new music constantly, Gently Tender are 100% a must-see at this year’s festival and playing an evening set gives you the perfect opportunity to take a punt on them before heading elsewhere to see a headliner.

Listen to: Some Hard Advice.

The full Dr Martens Second Stage, Brudenell Social Club, lineup is:

  • HalfNoise
  • Honey Harper
  • Rachel Chinouri
  • Swimming Tapes
  • Wooze
  • Ballen
  • Lowly
  • Walt Disco
  • Gently Tender
  • Kawala
  • Mini Mansions

Farah Stage – Leeds University Union


Black Honey sub-headlining Tom Grennan is a perfect b2b for indie lovers venturing to West Yorkshire this year. It is near impossible to choose between the two, but after a sensational Royal Albert Hall performance as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, Tom Grennan is our shout for the Farah Stage.

The intimate (in comparison to the RAH anyway) surroundings will give you a rare chance to get up close and personal with Tom before he starts selling out huge venues across the world.

Listen to: Praying.

The full Farah Stage, Leeds University Union, lineup is:

  • Sea Girls
  • Whenyoung
  • The Academic
  • Black Honey
  • Tom Grennan

GigWise Stage – Leeds Beckett SU


Saltwater Sun are a particularly interesting outfit. Billed alongside the likes of Dream Wife and Sunflower Bean in ‘you might like’ lists, they are actually much more than that.

Blistering indie, alt-rock, pop vibes are perfect to grab the attention of those passing by, which, to be honest, is vital for bands at Live at Leeds. They’ve already caught the attention of global icons Jimmy Eat World and The Amazons.

Listen to: The Wire.

The full GigWise Stage, Leeds Beckett SU, lineup is:

  • Curb
  • Horror My Friend
  • Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
  • Wovoka Gentle
  • Saltwater Sun
  • Heavy Rapids
  • Be Charlotte
  • Lion
  • Lady Bird

Headrow House


Headrow House is famed for playing host to some of the world’s biggest bands in association with Crash Records. However, at Live at Leeds this year, more niche and new acts will be welcomed to the stage.

Le Boom are an interesting act who promise infectiously catchy beats in their late afternoon slot. With a Metronomy-esque sound, they are the perfect act to see if you’re using Live at Leeds to kickstart your summer.

Listen to: Coma.

The full Headrow House lineup is:

  • Barry Fletcher
  • Deliah Montagu
  • Tertia May
  • Aeris Roves
  • Brunswick
  • Mae Muller
  • Le Boom
  • Max Rad
  • Kojaque
  • 404
  • Big Wild
  • Everyone You Know

Hyde Park Book Club


The intimate surroundings of Hyde Park Book Club will perfectly complement every single band playing there at this year’s Live at Leeds.

Hotel Lux are our pick as the stand out band on this stage, though. English Disease has all the hallmarks of the typically punk, south England charm whilst being tied together neatly with a pleasurable steady rock beat. Hotel Lux are definitely worth taking a punt on.

Listen to: English Disease

The full Hyde Park Book Club lineup is:

  • In Your Prime
  • The Pearl Harts
  • These New South Whales
  • Kingswood
  • VC Pines
  • Wasuremono
  • Body Type
  • Hotel Lux
  • Squid
  • Average Joe
  • Bilk

Leeds Festival Presents – O2 Academy


Perhaps the most exciting artist at this year’s festival is Sam Fender. Already crowned at the Brit Awards with the Critics’ Choice Award, Fender is already using 2019 to cement his place as one of the UK finest exports.

His huge single, Play God, is as good as anything we’ve heard in the past decade and the rest of his discography follows suit. An early evening slot at O2 Academy will certainly be packed out so be sure to head down early to get a good spot!

Listen to: Dead Boys

The full Leeds Festival Presents, O2 Academy, lineup is:

  • Drenge
  • Marsicans
  • Sam Fender
  • The Sherlocks
  • Sundara Karma

Momentum & Independent Stage – Leeds Beckett SU


We’ve been lucky to catch four of the acts on this particular stage and they are all phenomenal. It has been difficult to narrow it down to just one, but Kate Tempest has to take all of the plaudits.

Her 2016 record Let Them Eat Chaos is played at least twice a week here at Loose Cardigan of Ideas and we still find something even more inspiring each play. If you’re the type of person to stay on just one stage then this is probably the one!

Listen to: Let Them Eat Chaos (in full)

The full Momentum & Independent Stage, Leeds Beckett SU, lineup is:

  • Dream Wife
  • Gengahr
  • Hak Baker
  • Elder Island
  • Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Kate Tempest

Nation of Shopkeepers


APRE are a duo forming sounds reminiscent of Everything Everything and Foals. Their soundscapes are impressive and the energy produced on stage is nothing short of majestic.

Latest EP, Everyone’s Commute, is a four-track offering exploring delicately elegant tones doused in electro-pop.

Listen to: Gap Year 2008

The full Nation of Shopkeepers lineup is:

  • Eve Belle
  • Bessie Turner
  • Sam Tompkins
  • James Gillespie
  • RuthAnne
  • Malena Zavala
  • Balcony
  • APRE

NME Stage – Leeds University Union


The NME Stage is another strong lineup. Goat Girl have simply got better with every tour and Live at Leeds is, in our humble opinion, going to be the place to show off exactly why they’ve been tipped for big things by critics across the land.

Their eponymous debut LP was heaped with praise and it is clear to see why. What is most wonderful, though, is the way they seemingly effortlessly translate the same energy to the live stage.

Listen to: Cracker Drool.

The full NME Stage, Leeds University Union, lineup is:

  • Skinny Living
  • C Duncan
  • She Drew the Gun
  • Goat Girl
  • Confidence Man
  • Metronomy

Northern Guitars Cafe Bar


A jam packed stage is in store for Northern Guitars Cafe Bar this year. From 12:30pm to 9pm there are several 30 minute slots throughout – including the wonderful Tom Joshua.

The Middlesbrough guitarist released debut single Meteor Showers in 2017 before going on a self-described hiatus. Now, though, he is back and ready to treat us to some delicate, melodic stories via acoustic guitar.

Listen to: Boys in Cars.

The full Northern Guitars Cafe Bar lineup is:

  • Mollie Coddled
  • Trueman
  • Luckie
  • Aaron Smith
  • Tom Joshua
  • Liz Lawrence
  • Tamu Massif
  • Katie Pruitt
  • Ruston Kelly

The Chapel


The Collier are influenced by both Biffy Clyro and The National. What’s not to like? Gigging for almost half a decade before deciding to release a record, the Essex four piece have since continued their live streak with support slots alongside Lona.

Their alt-rock approach is particularly interesting – especially in Loose Hearts, which echoes the sounds of icons Feeder.

Listen to: Brother.

The full The Chapel lineup is:

  • Tranqua Lite
  • Dancing on Tables
  • The Collier
  • Patawawa
  • Inhaler
  • Swimming Girls
  • Retro Video Club
  • Declan West and the Decadent West
  • The Dunts
  • Fuzzy Sun

The Key Club


Brand New Friend were an excellent support for Sean McGowan earlier this year and we fully expect them to only get better! With easy-listening indie rock tunes, the appeal is evident and the craic on stage flows between both the band and those in the crowd.

Their debut LP, Seatbelts for Aeroplanes was released last year, so expect plenty of that to be pulled out. I Was an Astronaut is a particular highlight – so cross your fingers that it gets a run out (it usually does).

Listen to: Mediocre at Best

The full The Key Club lineup is:

  • Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
  • Brand New Friend
  • Saint Agnes
  • Dboy
  • Spielbergs
  • Hot Milk
  • Death By Unga Bunga
  • Lice
  • Heavy Lungs
  • Special Guest TBA

The Lending Room


Wild Youth play Live at Leeds straight after a stint supporting Irish heart-throbs The Script, so expect their set to be polished and well rehearsed. Their debut EP, The Last Goodbye, is synth pop brilliance and will have you tapping and humming along for the rest of the festival. Their radio friendly approach is well loved and debut single, All or Nothing, reached over half a million streams on Spotify.

Listen to: Making Me Dance.

The full The Lending Room lineup is:

  • Teeff
  • Ivory Wave
  • Alex Francis
  • Sun Silva
  • Big Society
  • The Skinner Brothers
  • Alligator
  • Wild Youth
  • Sad Boys Club
  • Giant Rooks
  • Larkins

The Social


Ambient alt-pop sensation Luvia plays an afternoon slot at this year’s event, which is sure to add a self-reflective vibe to your day. ‘Hunted’ has drawn comparisons to Billie Eilish and Lana Del Ray, so expect a chilling atmosphere at the intimate venue. Take a moment to appreciate Luvia’s set and you will not regret it.

Listen to: Hunted

The full The Social lineup is:

  • Green Gardens
  • Sam Wilde
  • Lucas Watt
  • Odina
  • Pip Hall
  • Luvia
  • Bebadoobee
  • Archie Faulks

The Wardrobe Bar


There’s a unique bond between Matt Bowman and the city of Leeds. The Pigeon Detectives frontman will be stripping things down and playing an intimate show to kick things off at this year’s Live at Leeds. The turn out is certain to be massive, so get down to The Wardrobe early if you want to see how he translates the usual raucous TPD tunes into acoustic medleys.

Listen to: I Found Out

The full The Wardrobe Bar lineup is:

  • AK Patterson
  • Ferris and Sylvester
  • Sinead Campbell
  • Jake Germain
  • Shey Baba
  • ADMT
  • Jeffe
  • John Buckley
  • Matt Bowman

Yorkshire Music Forum Stage – Hifi


The garage-fuzz soaked Menace Beach are one of the highlights of Live at Leeds 2019. 2015 debut, Ratworld, played host to the infectious Come on Give Up, but it was follow up LP Lemon Memory that really put the Leeds outfit on the ‘map.’ Returning last year with Black Rainbow Sound confirmed their status as one of West Yorkshire’s finest exports and completed a trinity of fantastic albums.

Listen to: Crawl in Love

The full Yorkshire Music Forum Stage, Hifi, lineup is:

  • Tall Taker
  • Sea Legs
  • Talkboy
  • Dead Naked Hippies
  • Ormstons
  • Faux Pas
  • The Golden Age of TV
  • Team Picture
  • Menace Beach

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