Live at Leeds is the North’s annual showcase of new music, spotlighting artists from all over the UK and more on this May bank holiday weekend. We’ve picked some of Leeds’ finest homegrown acts who are back in town for the festival.
Who: Dirty pop fused with lively indie vibes.
For Fans Of: Sundara Karma, Clean Cut Kid, The 1975
Why: It’s a free for all. At the forefront of the Leeds’ independent music scene, and recipients of PRS’ Momentum Music Fund, Marsicans headline the launch of the festival on Friday night at Leeds’ biggest independent venue, The Wardrobe.
Best Track: ‘Too Good’
Where: 4th May, The Wardrobe
Who: Up-tempo, throwback pop five piece.
For Fans Of: Foals, Foster The People, Vampire Weekend
Why: Heir have become highly influential in Leeds’ creative scene, organising monthly collaborative art nights at Leeds’ Hyde Park Book Club. Join their world.
Best Track: ‘I’ll Pick You Up’
Where: 12-12.30PM, Leeds Beckett 2
Who: Emotional-fuelled and delicately crafted rock
For Fans Of: Radiohead, Muse, Pearl Jam
Why: The band’s live set includes entrancing improvisation, showcasing their nifty instrumentation and pure musical talent
Best Track: ‘Strange Bird In The Sky’
Where: 12-12.30PM, Oporto
Who: Innovative pop with a psychedelic twist
For Fans Of: Alt-J, Foster The People, Glass Animals
Why: The band take a new perspective on commercial pop, incorporating grungey guitars and synths that turn it into an ominous, ambient piece of art.
Best Track: ‘Closet Lunatic’
Where: 1-1.30PM, Oporto
Who: Ambient rock band incorporating electronica influences
For Fans Of: Wolf Alice, Tame Impala, Royal Blood
Why: Live sets include trippy visuals and CGI, making them more than just a band, but turning the entire experience into a work of art.
Best Track: ‘Nought Point Five’
Where: 2-2.30PM – Oporto
Who: Rhythmic, soul infused pop.
For Fans Of: Christine And The Queens, CHVRCHES, Years & Years
Why: Smooth vocals are accompanied by band member and ‘musical scientist’ Maxwell Shirley’s complex yet minimalistic synths and drums.
Best Track: ‘Waves’
Where: 3-3.30PM, Oporto
The Indigo Project
Who: Indie-pop five piece.
For Fans Of: The Libertines, Circa Waves, The Strokes
Why: Back to the roots of pop-rock music with a catchy vocals and harmonies but an old-school, raw sound in their live shows.
Best Track: ‘Taste It’
Where: 4-4.30PM, Stylus
Who: Pop, hip-hop and electronic fusion
For Fans Of: Bella and Sebastian, Purity Ring, Imagine Dragons
Why: Krrum’s an on point and relatable lyricist – (‘and now I’m drowning in the quicksand, You’ve got me by the toes and, I always knew you had the upper hand’) – meaning that they’ve already surpassed 9 million streams on Spotify.
Best Track: ‘Evil Twin’
Where: 6.30-7PM, Church Leeds
Words by Vidisha Jain