Live At Leeds has announced the first bands for its 2013 festival, which takes place on May Day bank holiday weekend (3rd-6th May) in venues across the city, and tickets are available now.

The Vaccines will headline a huge show in Millennium Square on Sunday 5th May with support from TOY and more, while Saturday sees the popular wristband venue crawl across the city.

Other names on the list include Manchester-based Everything Everything, currently riding high in the charts with their second album; BBC Sound Of 2013 runners-up AlunaGeorge, popular Leeds indie rockers The Pigeon Detectives, as well as Darwin Deez, Peace, Swim Deep, Post War Glamour Girls, The Crookes, The Neighbourhood and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and many more – the full list is below.

Such is the popularity and reputation of the event – now in its seventh year – that early bird wristbands have already sold out. However, at just £22.50 full price you can still get a lot of bands for your buck: with a little planning it’s usually possible to catch nine or ten full sets, or you can dip in and out of things. As with all such festivals some of the venues are pretty small so you might have to get in early if there is someone you really want to see, but the use of larger spaces such as the O2 Academy means you can always see something. The Millennium Square event is separately ticketed, costing £25. The weekend will also include The Unconference grass-roots industry event, and the now annual football tournament featuring teams from various bands and venues.


Shortlisted for Best Metropolitan Festival for the second year running, the emphasis is very much on new and emerging artists, and often allows a first glance at acts whose names are rather more familiar a few months later: last year for instance a young band about to release their first album found themselves unexpectedly promoted to headliners at the Holy Trinity Church after a late cancellation, and by the end of the year they (Alt-J) had won the Mercury Prize, whilst across town people were raving about a young lad from Nottingham called Jake Bugg whose own debut was number one in the charts just six months later; some unknown band on a mid-afternoon slot Peace are soon to set off on this year’s NME Awards tour as well as appearing rather higher up this year’s Live At Leeds bill, while there was much excitement about a late addition called Savages. It’s not just about the big names in waiting, though. The best thing we saw at last year’s event was a storming ten-songs-in-under-twenty-minutes set from local political punks Kleine Schweine in a bar so packed people were literally hanging off the walls.

This year’s full list of bands currently looks like this: Alunageorge / Darwin Deez / Everything Everything / Little Comets / Peace / Rudimental / The Pigeon Detectives / The Staves / Tribes / Arlissa / King Krule / Laura Mvula / Lewis Watson / Ryan Keen / Soley / Swim Deep / The 1975 / The Crookes / The Neighbourhood / Theme Park / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Wave Machines / Battle Lines / Blackeye / Charles Bruno / Charlie Straw / China Rats / Dan Croll / Dancing Years / Department M / Fawn Spots / George Ezra / Happy Daggers / Harry George Johns / Hudson Taylor / Hunting Bears / Indiana / Jacob Banks / Jagwar Ma / Joe Banfi / Joel Baker / Jordan Allen / Marika Hackman / Marsicans / Nick Mulvey / Ofei / Pete Roe / Peter & Kerry / Post War Glamour Girls / Roo Panes / Saint Raymond / Sam Smith / Seasfire / Sj.Bravo / Skaters / Sons And Lovers / Sweet Baboo / Swimming Lessons / The Family Rain / The Glass Caves / The Grand / The Struts / Thomas J Speight / We Were Frontiers / Witch Hunt / Yadi – with many more to be added over the coming weeks.

Tickets are available now from LunaTickets and from Jumbo and Crash record shops plus  The Cockpit, Brudenell Social Club and Leeds Academy Box Office, and for up to date news you can follow Live At Leeds on Facebook or Twitter or check the official website at .

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