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The behemoth that is Live at Leeds takes over a plethora of venues over the May Bank Holiday, with around 200 bands converging on the city. We cannot wait to check out so many up and coming bands, along with a slew of phenomenal established acts.

Every year on the first May bank holiday music fans converge on Leeds to get their musical fix. They are all there to check out one of the most forward thinking lineups around and fortunately this year is no different.

Last year saw the event closed by local indie legends Forward Russia, playing one of their final ever gigs. This year it’s the turn of Wakefiled superstars The Cribs and they aren’t the only local superstars taking to the stage on Saturday the 2nd of May. Eagulls, Hookworms and Menace Beach will also be plying their trade in their hometown.

An interstellar cast picked from the best up and coming talent from across the globe amply supports them. Slaves arrive in town riding the crest of a wave, fresh off the NME Tour and about to head out on an almost sold out tour. Slaves are fast becoming one of the most exciting acts to have emerged in the last year.

There are a number of bands arriving in Leeds with fantastic new albums out with Dutch Uncles bringing their latest offering O Shudder to Leeds, as do We Were Promised Jetpacks with their fantastic new album Unravelling. Along side them, H. Hawkline has a phenomenal new album out, again another act that we cannot recommend highly enough.

New indie darling Tobias Jesso Jr. who’s making waves on both sides of the Atlantic right now is someone on everyone’s lips right now and is tipped for greatness. However, Live At Leeds isn’t limited to new blood, there’s a number of established acts with new projects like Gaz Coombes and Thurston Moore bringing his new band to Leeds.

However, we’re only just scratching the surface of this mountainous lineup, we’re going to dig a lot deeper in the lead up to the festival. One final thing to mention, local bands are not only represented on the Saturday. There’s an impressive opening party this year featuring a phenomenal lineup of local bands.

Local hardcore rockers Pulled Apart By Horses are set to shake Leeds to its very core, that’s not before local upstarts Allusondrugs and Dinosaur Pile Up have tried to blow the place apart first. Yet again Live At Leeds is set to be a phenomenal weekend, having been fortunate to be at the last three I can attest to it being one of the most exciting musical weekends of the year.

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You can purchase tickets from the Live at Leeds here, you can also find out more information on Facebook and they tweet as @liveatleedsfest.

All words and pictures 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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