Live at Leeds – Preview

Live at Leeds

Live at Leeds celebrates its ten year anniversary this year with their best line up yet, check out some of our picks here.

With over twenty venues and some two hundred bands, Live at Leeds is set to celebrate their tenth year in spectacular style. With acts from across the musical spectrum gracing some of Leeds finest stages, there are bound to be some heart-breaking clashes. In our first of two previews we’ve tried to select from this mammoth line up some of our favourite acts, before we delve into some of the lesser known acts in our second preview.

First up with one of the finest albums of the year to date is the exceptional Meilyr Jones, with 2013 he blurs the boundaries of a multitude of genres with his whimsical songwriting and grandiose orchestrations. The most intriguing aspect though is how Jones will condense such an epic sound and recreate these songs in the live arena. His set certainly has the potential to become one of the most intriguing of the day.

Meilyr Jones plays the Nation of Shopkeepers at 9:30.

On a more primitive note one of our favourite bands from last year Demob Happy will be dishing out one of their infamous live performances, initially famed for dealings with the noise police. Their debut album Dream Soda left many in awe of their sleazier sound, early tracks like Succubus and the brilliant Young & Numb were greeted with great acclaim and are sure to blow away any early cobwebs.

Demob Happy play the Brudenell Social Club at 3:00

Another one of our favourite bands from 2015, Leeds natives Autobahn will also be aiming to take Live At Leeds by storm, with their debut album Dissemble receiving widespread acclaim including a high praising 10/10 review from our own John Robb. The band are known for equally brilliant live performances and with their forceful brand of post punk they’re certain to cause a stir in the bands hometown.

Autobahn play the Leeds Becketts Main Stage at 6:30

Kagoule also released their debut album in 2015 and with their grunge sound these three teenagers produced one of the most thrilling albums of the year. In parts brutal and unapologetic yet at times delicate and serene, a heady mix of a vast base of influences. Kagoule have an astounding sound that transcends their meagre years and are undoubtedly set to be one of the stars of the future, so catch them while you can.

Kagoule play the Brudenell Social Club at 2:00

Up next is Spring King a band who are still yet to release their debut album. However, they’ve developed a reputation as one of the finest live bands in the country. Further gaining a significant fan base through their relentless touring, and with tracks like City that stick in your head for days its not surprising. Now signed to Island records things can only go from strength to strength for the Mancunians as they bring the party to Live at Leeds.

Spring King play the LUU Stylus at 7:30

Xylaroo are two sisters Holly and Coco Chant, they seem to have risen from complete obscurity to fast rising stars in a matter of mere months. Fresh from supporting the enigmatic Matt Berry late last year, Xylaroo have gone from strength to strength. Their sweet harmonies and beautiful words are incredibly soothing, providing the perfect break from all of the raucous noise that is happening all over Leeds. This quiet unassuming duo are sure become huge stars so catch them while you can.

Xylaroo play the Leeds College of Music Recital Room at 3:00

Cattle & Cane are a band often overlooked, but their folk-rock is leaps and bounds ahead of the drab monotony of the likes of Mumford & Sons. Their upbeat sound reminiscent of many of their American counterparts, with tracks like Sold My Soul its incomprehensible as to why they aren’t topping charts. See for yourselves though when they surely prove why they’re one of the UKs most underrated bands at Live at Leeds.

Cattle & Cane play the Leeds College of Music at 8:30

Currently working on their fourth album Slow Club are one of the more established acts on this years bill, having traversed a variety of genres and sounds. They’ve become one of the nations finest duos, with their last album Complete Surrender being their most successful to date. With Complete Surrender they built upon their delicate roots and produced an album that was brimming with pop sensibility. This years festival also gives you a rare chance to catch them as just a duo instead of with their full band.

Slow Club play the Holy Trinity Church at 10:00

Holy Esque are another band who are just on the verge of releasing their debut album, yet these Glaswegians arrive at Live at Leeds with a formidable reputation. Known for their raucous shows and equally hard rocking tunes, Holy Esque are another of the nations current rising stars. The band do have something that sets them apart their soaring cinematic sound and intriguing vocals give them a much needed edge in a heavily crowded scene.

Holy Esque play Oporto at 3:00

The mercurial Micky P Kerr has long been a stalwart of Leeds music scene, a favourite on the festival scene too. Whether it be for his spoken word, comedy or his music Micky never fails to deliver. Having finally released his debut triple album, which takes in all three aspects of Micky’s output. This year is destined to be Micky’s year as he once again takes to the stage to thrill a hometown crowd with his witty tracks.

Micky P Kerr plays the Social & Slate at 7:30

From one Leeds native to another and our final tip of this preview, we couldn’t not mention the wonderful Corinne Bailey Rae. Having enjoyed chart success early on in her career she has been somewhat absent from the music scene for some time. However, she is back and following taster track aptly named Been To The Moon she is on top form. What makes this even more special is the size of the venue the Hifi club holds just 350, so be sure to get there early and be prepared to wait it out to see one of Leeds finest.

Corinne Bailey Rae plays the Hifi Club at 8:45

This is just a mere overview of just a few of our favourite better known acts that are on across Live at Leeds, but this is just the first of two previews. Next time we’ll be looking in more depth at some of the smaller acts from around the country, who are set to grace the Live at Leeds stages.

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Check out Live At Leeds here for more information.

All words 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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