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Now Live At Leeds have announced their schedule, we delve in and pick out some of our favourite and most interesting acts from across the day. It’s not an easy task with such a fantastic lineup we examine some of the most difficult clashes and some our favourite new bands!

Live At Leeds stepped things up a gear this week with the announcement of their monolithic schedule, cue headache inducing clashes. However, we’ve attempted to distil this plethora of talent into our top picks from across the day. Opening up the day are the awesome local lads Forever Cult, the early slots are always the hardest yet based on the strength of their new single Winter’s Glow they’re set to provide a raucous opening to the day.

Even scanning the early acts across the festival it’s laden with talent, awesome indie folk band Long Fellow take one of the early sets at The Wardrobe so make sure you catch them as they’re set for big things. As are The Orielles haling from nearby Halifax, their catchy 60s surf tracks are set to provide some great sing along moments that’ll help carry you through to the latter part of the day.

The first real head-scratching clash in my view is between the brilliant Raketkanon, newcomers Jet Setter and recent Witchita signing Oscar. Raketkanon are from Belgium and have just released their second LP RKTKN#2 recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago and produced by Shellac man Steve Albini. Their music is sludgy and insane and having been unable to experience this incredible barrage of noise yet it’s a difficult choice.

Especially when put up against Ireland’s Jet Setter who are very much in their infancy, with a debut EP that is yet to drop. Their brand of indie rock is sure to set pulses racing early on, yet the decision still stands and its not an easy one. Yet Oscar provides another facet to this three-way decision his beautiful voice and interesting beats make this an almost impossible decision.

However, darting in like a pink shiny rocket is Russia’s Pinkshinyultrablast, who play directly after Raketkanon at the amazing and wonderful Brudenell Social Club. For me these guys are one of the most exciting bands on the lineup, their incredible post rock reminiscent of so many of their contemporaries is beautiful yet bruising in parts. They’re certainly going to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.

Hugely talented acts just keep coming though local duo Bruising are currently making waves throughout the country with their walls of noise, there is little wonder why there is so much excitement around these guys when they sound so great.

For me another act that has got me incredibly excited is Rat Boy, having closely followed his early progress. His Jamie T style delivery coupled with exciting beats it’s a formula that is sure to be a winner, I’m sure by the time he reaches Leeds he’ll have captured the hearts of a few more fans as he heads out on tour supporting Circa Waves.

Nashville’s Bully have just wowed huge crowds at SXSW, riding on a wave of high praise they head to Leeds on their debut UK tour. I can’t wait for their frenetic indie pop to hit me like a bolt from the blue, they’re in excellent company to as they’re sandwiched between two of Leeds finest in Hookworms and Eagulls who play Leeds Beckett main stage either side of Bully’s set and that is a threesome not to be missed.

As the day wears on and the legs get heavy, there’s still a huge amount of talent to come, especially considering the lineup at the phenomenal Leeds Town Hall. Opening that stage this year are Manchester’s finest and a personal favourite of mine Dutch Uncles, with an incredible new record in O Shudder. Their brand of indie pop for the educated is sure to go down a storm; I cannot wait to hear the new stuff live.

The only slight issue with that is at the same time at the Belgrave Music Hall, the incredible Lonelady takes to the stage. Yet another artist to have already released an insatiable new album already this year in the form of Hinterland, her disco vibes are bound to get even the fatigued bodies up and dancing.

As the day closes out the music continues to get better, the remarkable Thurston Moore closes out Leeds Beckett as The Cribs bring the Town Hall to a close. Yet for me it’ll be back to the Brudenell Social Club for one of the best bands to emerge from the underground in recent times. Slaves bring their infectious Garage Punk to Leeds with a view to showcasing tracks from their yet to be released debut album.

However, this only just scratches the surface of the aforementioned monolithic lineup, there are so many incredible acts, meaning a huge amount of clashes but I’m sure I will still be making exciting new discoveries on the day. We cannot praise Live At Leeds enough for once again putting together a brilliantly eclectic lineup that easily caters for such a variety of tastes.

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All words and by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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