Live At Leeds: The Bookers’ Guide

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The first in a series of playlists and previews in advance of this years brilliant Live At Leeds, check out the bookers picks!

This years Live At Leeds festival is now less than four weeks away, as part of the build up to this years event we’ve got a series of previews and playlists from ourselves and the festival themselves. This week’s playlist comes from Live At Leeds Booker Aaron Snowdon, he’s selecting his ten favourite acts from this years festival.

It’s an interesting list and features many bands we were already excited about and some we’re now extremely eager to check out. There will be a lot more to come in the run up to this years festival but for now check out Arron’s brilliant picks!

  1. Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten

I’ve had this new Temples record on repeat for the last 2 weeks, and I’m so glad that we managed to secure Temples as part of LAL 2017. After taking some time to write and record their new album, I was so pleased to hear ‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’. It’s such a dreamy, psychy tune and it’s been glorious weather in Yorkshire the last couple of days – it has definitely sound tracked my weekend! It’s been a while since they last played in Leeds too, so don’t miss out!

  1. IDLES – Well Done

If you’re a fan of angry loud post punk, then introduce yourself to IDLES. Their debut record, Brutalism, came out in March and has been a regular album up for discussion in my friend circles. They’re headline shows have looked beyond bonkers up and down the country and I’m excited at the prospect of the carnage that’ll follow at The Key Club for LAL2017. Also, they manage to reference Mary Berry & Trevor Nelson in a song, what’s not to love about that?

  1. Dream Wife – FUU

Dream Wife are one of my favourite new bands. It’s really exciting to have them at LAL 2017 and I’m looking forward to their set at Brudenell Social Club. FUU is a perfect mash of punk meeting grunge. Their brutally honest lyrics just make it impossible to not love this band! I strongly suggest checking out the raucous live show Dream Wife bring to the table!

  1. IDER – Million

I first heard IDER a while back on The Line of Best Fit and fell in love with the melody on ‘Millions’ instantly. It reminds me of cooler side of The Japanese House crossed with the gentle charm of Oh Wonder. Keep an eye out on this 2 piece!

  1. Luxury Death – Radiator Face

Born from the ashes of Nai Harvest, Ben Thompson created Luxury Death with girlfriend, Meg Williams. They make sweet lofi sounds and it’s really, really cool. They’re heading to Leeds for the first time at LAL and will be playing the Brudenell stage. I’d definitely check them out. With releases under the PNKSLM label, 2017 is going to be exciting for the band.

  1. Liv Dawson – Searching

18 year old Liv Dawson is one of the most exciting new names in pop. She’s already collaborated with Disclosure on ‘Searching’ which has been on repeat for a few weeks in our office. After a great support slot with Honne in 2016, we just knew we had to have her back at LAL2017, get down early and witness something special.

  1. Get Inuit – Barbiturates

I first saw Get Inuit support Spring King in Leeds last October. It’s usually a tricky job opening up a show, but they fully embraced it and had the crowd moshing within the first song. Barbiturates is a slice of delicious rock. Get Inuit soundtracked our announcement video and they’ve been one of the most talked about bands for LAL2017. Check them out at The Key Club, you won’t be disappointed!

  1. Gurr – Walnuts

We first saw Gurr live at Eurosonic Festival in Holland in the upstairs of a small sweaty venue. The whole crowd were digging the band and we just knew we had to have them at LAL. There’s so much energy in the band and the live show doesn’t disappoint. It’s a great mix of Garage meets Punk, they’ll be headlining the Brudenell Games Room .

  1. Tom Walker – Fly Away With Me

Manchester singer/songwriter Tom Walker is a new exciting prospect who plays at LAL 2017. On a similar style of Jack Garratt vibe, Tom play’s most of the instruments on his records and it’s really beautifully crafted. His voice is unique and we’re looking forward to catching his set at Faversham.

  1. Saint PHNX – KING

Glasgow based brothers, Saint PHNX are another band to check out at LAL 2017. Their single ‘KING’ has received a lot of love on Radio 1 / Beats 1. They channel Imagine Dragons / Foster The People and are certainly have the potential to reach a massive audience. They play Headrow House which could well be the last time you see them in a venue this small!

Live At Leeds takes place at venues across Leeds between the 28th and 30th of April, for more information and tickets check out the website here.

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