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The Artists Coming to Live at Leeds This Year

· Joseph Sheerin · Music

Live at Leeds isn’t holding back for 2017 – huge names have been revealed, as well as opening and closing parties.

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The huge Live at Leeds 2017 line-up has been announced, featuring the likes of Maximo Park, Future Islands, Slaves, Wild Beasts, The Pigeon Detectives and Jagwar Ma.

After the huge success of its 10th anniversary in 2016, Live at Leeds has now revealed the bulk of its line-up for the next edition of the festival which is set to take over all the city’s music venues on Saturday 29th April 2017, as well as special opening and closing parties either side. 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 and up and coming talent 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.

First artists announced include Slaves, White Lies and The Pigeon Detectives

The Pigeon Detectives

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 2016, 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.

The Magic Gang

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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.

Let's Eat Grandma

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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.”

Second line-up announcement sees Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves and DMAs added


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The Live at Leeds 2017 line-up is starting to fill up nicely. The latest line-up announcement sees the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice winner Rag ‘n’ Bone Man added to proceedings. His powerful voice and soulful tunes have already won him an army of fans, who will no doubt pack out his performance come April.

More big names added include Southend rockers Nothing But Thieves, hotly-tipped indie kids The Hunna, Liverpool’s next great hope Clean Cut Kid and Aussie Britpop aficionados DMAs, all of which will be huge attractions for the 11th edition of the festival. Pop singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin is back with a new album this year, which she’ll show off at Live at Leeds, Kettering pysch-heads Temples are spewing out more mind-bending anthems you need to check out and Scottish rocking duo Honeyblood will tear the roof down.

Fickle Friends

One of the more intriguing performances comes courtesy of members of The Fat White Family and The Eccentronic Research Council, whose collaboration as The Moonlandingz has earned them both critical and public acclaim over the past year. Look out too for some of 2017’s most promising songwriting talent – the likes of Jake Isaac, Lewis Watson, She Drew The Gun, Tom Grennan, Aine Cahill, Joy Crookes and Rory Wynne are really making waves.

Speaking of which, if you’re looking for an ‘I was there’ moment at this year’s Live at Leeds, the band that could provide it are Manchester’s Pale Waves whose 90s-inspired indie pop is more interesting than it possibly sounds. Similarly, Brighton indie kids Fickle Friends are tipped for a huge 2017 and will be one to watch. There’s more local talent to keep an eye out for too – in particular Yorkshire favourites The Orielles and Furr, Centre Stage competition winners Faux Pas and The Golden Age of TV and Dance to the Radio artists Fling, Dead Naked Hippies and The Tiny Minds.

Pale Waves

Also part of the massive second line-up announcement are Dream Wife, Be Charlotte, Ider, Idles, Otzeki, HMLTTD, Get Inuit, Off Bloom, Tender, Tom Walker, Xamvolo, Plastic Mermaids, Adain Coker, Anna Straker, Artificial Pleasure, Atlas Wynd, Bad Nerves, Banfi, Bryde, Chinah, Club Drive, Connie Constance, Easylife and Eat Fast.

That’s followed by Fazerdaze, Fish, Husky Loops, Indigo Husk, Jordan Allen, Jordan Mackampa, Judas, King Nun, Kojey Radical, Kovic, Kyko, Laurel, Lea Porcelain, Life, Marthagunn, Matt Maltese, Paris Youth Foundation, Puma Blue, Ten Tonnes, Trudy and the Romance, White Kite, Yellow Days, Cerys Selvey, Jade Bird, Chest Pains, Heir, The Gallery, Treeboy and Arc.

Final line-up additions announced

Frightened Rabbit

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The final names for the Live at Leeds all-dayer have been released and they round off an impressive line-up. The biggest addition is Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish rockets who sold out Leeds University’s Stylus venue back in December after the release of their acclaimed fourth record ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’.

Also on the bill on Saturday 29th April 2017 will be a slew of hotly-tipped rising artists who you won’t want to miss before they hit the big time. MOBO nominated grime MC AJ Tracey, grunge rockers VANT, folk duo Seafret, Nottingham indie kids Childhood and London’s electropop trio Strong Asian Mothers will all grab your attention. The one to watch, however, will be Rationale, a singer-songwriter who’s already drawn plaudits from Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake.

The full line-up confirmation also sees a slew of artists added lower down the bill who may become your next favourite act. Keep an ear out for Dutch singer-songwriter Amber Arcades who recently signed to Heavenly Records, former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd who’s now flying solo and Leeds based psych-garage rockers Weirds who are renowned for their mind-blowing live shows.

Details of this year’s Welcome Party and Finale announced

Future Islands

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It’s not just about the Saturday at Live at Leeds. They like to kick things off and close things out in proper style and 2017 will be no different. It starts on on Friday 28th April 2017, with returning favourites Future Islands. They’ll be headlining Leeds University Union in support of the new fifth record, ‘The Far Field’, and if you haven’t already, check out the first single from it – synth-pop gem ‘Ran’.

It’s set to end with a bang too, on Sunday 30th April 2017. Fresh from a 2016, which saw them celebrate a decade of cracking debut album ‘A Certain Trigger’, Maximo Park will headline O2 Academy Leeds’ Finale Party with brand new music in tow. Sixth album ‘Risk to Exist’ will have been unleashed by then, and it’s set to be another fine addition to the Geordie boys’ back catalogue.

Maximo Park

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They won’t be alone, either. Live at Leeds have lined-up a brilliant supporting cast. Fellow Tyne & Wear indie band Little Comets are set to show off new album ‘Worhead’ and London indie pop heroes Spector will play through their two albums, ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ and ‘Moth Boys’, after performances by two hot properties – High Tyde and The Indigo Project.

All of that 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 Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017. Tickets are available now.

Feature image copyright Jess Rowbottom.