The first acts for Live at Leeds 2017 have been announced, featuring the likes of Slaves, Wild Beasts, The Pigeon Detectives and Jagwar Ma.
After the huge success of its 10th anniversary in 2016, Live at Leeds has revealed its first names for the next edition of the festival which is set to take over all the city’s music venues on Saturday 29th April 2017. They’re pulling out all the stops to make it the best one yet, with a mix of local favourites making their mark alongside global names that will have the country’s music lovers putting Leeds in the diary for a visit on the May Day bank holiday weekend next year.
The big names include Tunbridge Wells punks Slaves, who return to the city after a sell-out show at O2 Academy celebrating the release of their second record ‘Take Control’. They’ll be joined by post-punk band White Lies who are making their long-awaited comeback with their fourth album ‘Friends’, Aussie psych heads Jagwar Ma, on the back of a raucous, sold out Brudenell Social Club in October, and London indie kids Teleman, who are playing in support of their second record ‘Brilliant Sanity’.
There’s a distinct local flavour to the Live at Leeds 2017 announcement too, something which really makes the festival stand out from the crowd. The Pigeon Detectives will no doubt garner plenty of excitement in the city, and will be celebrating the release of their fifth album, ‘Broken Glances’ which comes out in February.
Former Leeds residents Wild Beasts are also playing, with the sumptuous new record ‘Boy King’ in tow, and, after two captivating nights at Brudenell Social Club back in July, they’ll be ones to watch. Also keep an eye out for the array of emerging Yorkshire talent on show, with bands like Clay, NGOD, Marsicans, Team Picture, The Opera Comic and Lamia worth catching if you’re looking for the next big thing.
That’s what Live at Leeds is largely about, giving a platform to the best emerging artists in the country – and there’ll be plenty more on show. Let’s Eat Grandma and Superfood are making their comebacks while The Magic Gang, Black Honey and The Big Moon have all had successful years, with 2017 promising even bigger and better things for all three. The same goes for The Amazons, Flamingods and Freak, while Fangclub, an Irish garage rock band signed to Universal Records, and Colouring, an innovative dance group signed to Interscope Records, are promising breakthroughs in 2017.
The first line-up announcement is rounded off by more names to discover before the end of April next year. Nilufer Yanya, Brian Deady, The Night Cafe, The Bay Rays, Blackwaters, The Pale White, Gurr, Luxury Death, KLLO and Bad Sounds are all well worth checking out as you ready your schedule for Live at Leeds 2017.
Andy Smith, Head Booker for Live at Leeds, has said of the line-up, “We’re really excited to reveal the first bands for Live at Leeds 2017. It’s great to welcome back local heroes The Pigeon Detectives and Wild Beasts, and it’s been seven years since Wild Beasts last joined us. Alongside them is a plethora of exciting established and new, breaking artists. Slaves re-join us after totally smashing the Brudenell Social Club in 2015. White Lies and Superfood return after lengthy stints away and keep an eye out for The Amazons, Blackwaters, Fangclub and Freak, all pressing forward with the new wave of guitar and punk music that encompasses what Live at Leeds is all about.”
It certainly whets the appetite for the 11th Live at Leeds Festival, and having seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, The 1975, Peace, Circa Waves, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Maccabees, Royal Blood, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jake Bugg, Alt-J and many more all perform landmark sets in previous years, you know you don’t want to miss out.
Live at Leeds takes place across the city on Saturday 29th April 2017. Tickets are available now.Feature image copyright Jess Rowbottom.