Live At Leeds unveil huge line-up for 2018

Some of the hottest emerging and established acts will kick-off festival season in style

Live At Leeds have unveiled the huge line-up for their 2018 festival – with The Horrors, Circa Waves and Peace leading the first announcement.  Check out the full line-up below.

The inner-city bash will return May 5 next year, showcasing the best emerging artists at multiple venues across Leeds – with some more established acts thrown in for good measure. 

Kick-starting UK festival season are bill-toppers The Horrors, Circa Waves and Peace – who will join the likes of Spring King and BBC Sound of 2018 nominees Pale Waves, Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi and Sam Fender.  


Elsewhere on the line-up is Leeds legend and former Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick J.D Hodgson, who is set to air material from his debut solo album ‘Tell Your Friends’.

The Horrors' Faris Badwan
The Horrors’ Faris Badwan

Festival Director Andy Smith said in a press release: “After arguably our strongest year for the festival in 2017, we’re excited to announce the first of many artist names for Live at Leeds 2018. The festival has always been about showcasing new music and offering emerging artists a platform to build their audience in the North and this year is no different.”

Smith added that the festival’s aim is for attendees to “discover your new favourite band”.

Often a stepping stone to greater success, the event has previously seen Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The 1975, Bastille, Sam Smith and more take to the stage in the early days of their careers.

This year’s edition saw stellar performances from the likes of Wild Beasts, Slaves, White Lies, The Big Moon and The Pigeon Detectivescheck out NME’s review here


This year saw headliners The Horrors release their fifth record ‘V’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Luminous’. ‘V’ spawned the singles ‘Machine’‘Something To Remember Me By’ and ‘Weighed Down’. The London-based band recently completed a UK tour in support of the record, which came to a close at London’s KOKO.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, the five-piece revealed some of their weirdest rider requests.

“We always ask for a surprise,” singer Faris Badwan said, “and we’ve had some great ones – we had a girl dressed as a cat in a crate once.”