Live at Leeds is just around the corner and the line-up is stacked. So we’ve rounded up the artists you need to go and see.
Live at Leeds is back with its biggest and best line-up to date. Over 100 bands will play across the city’s music venues between 12pm and 12am on Saturday 5th May 2018, including headliners Circa Waves, The Horrors, British Sea Power, The Vaccines, Ash and Peace. But before they hit the stage to close out the festival, who should you make time for? Here are 7 of our top picks…
Kick off Live at Leeds with the musical equivalent of a punch in the face – it’s a good thing, trust us. Idles are a good old fashioned punk band who are at their very best when they’re making a heart-grabbing din, clambering over crowds and generally causing a riot – their debut album ‘Brutalism’ is pretty damn good too. They’re a band in every sense of the word and their shows are designed to be a welcome escape from the messed up world outside.
Idles play The Wardrobe at 12pm.
Straight after Idles blow you away, get ready for round 2 at The Wardrobe because The Blinders are bloody brilliant. The Manchester trio has made waves with a series of stellar live shows across the North over the past 12 months, and the next 12 are going to be even bigger for them. Expect in-your-face punk rock borne out of the boredom of British austerity, blended with touches of psychedelia. It’s a show that will live long in the memory.
The Blinders play The Wardrobe at 1.15pm.
Phoebe Green is doing things her own way. The Manchester-based songwriter self-released her debut album ’02:00am’ at the back end of 2016 and it’s a brilliant first effort, one that brings together charming melodies, a captivating voice and dark brooding lyrics – it suggests there’s a long career ahead for Green. She’ll bring her unique sound to Leeds to show off tracks like ‘Maniac’, ‘Sagittarius’ and ‘She Makes You Weak’, as well as hopefully a few new tunes.
Phoebe Green plays Leeds Beckett Stage 2 at 2pm.
If you’re looking for an artist you haven’t discovered yet, keep an eye out for Dylan Cartlidge. He’ll immediately grab your attention with an afro that would have put Michael Jackson in the shade, but it’s the Middlesbrough-born 22 year old’s music that you really come for. He blurs the lines in wonderful genre-hopping fashion as he jumps from hip-hop to neo-soul, from funk to r&b. He’s a star in the making – just check out ‘Love Spoons’.
Dylan Cartlidge plays The Chapel at 5pm.
Dermot Kennedy is going to be one of the breakout stars of 2018. The Dublin songwriter has got an incredible, soaring voice that he puts to good use against stripped back musical arrangements. The likes of ‘Moments Passed’, ‘All My Friends and ‘Glory’ are all bonafide gems that blur the lines between folk music and r&b production. A performer in the mould of Ben Howard and Paolo Nutini, he sold out his last show in Leeds at Church, you might want to get in early for this one.
Dermot Kennedy plays O2 Academy Leeds at 6pm.
It’s been 2 years since White Room made their Leeds debut at this very festival with an early slot at Nation of Shopkeepers. Now, the Brighton-based psychedelic wonders are back, having signed a record deal with legendary Liverpool label Deltasonic, who released ‘Eight’, a double EP that’s full of tie-dye grooves and kaleidoscopic hooks. It shows that this is a band worth keeping an eye on over the next few years, so take a chance on them.
White Room play Leeds Beckett Stage 2 at 6.45pm.
It’s been an incredible few years for Louis Berry. The Scouse rock’n’roll singer-songwriter has been slowly building an arsenal of irresistibly catchy 3-minute pop songs that have already taken over the playlists of BBC 6Music and Radio X. Take his latest tune ‘Stumbling’, a slow-paced, anthem-sized cut, or one of his live favourites ’25 Reasons’, a raucous Americana-tinged indie gem. He sold out his last UK tour, so it won’t be long before he hits the big time – see him while you can.
Louis Berry plays Stylus at Leeds University Union at 7.30pm.