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The Cribs to Headline First Direct Arena to Celebrate a Decade of Men’s Needs

· Joseph Sheerin · Music

Don’t miss The Cribs’ biggest ever show in Leeds this May.

The Cribs

Wakefield trio The Cribs are going from one landmark Leeds gig to another as they announce their biggest headline show to date at First Direct Arena.


For anyone who made their way to Millennium Square in May 2016, The Cribs proved their status as one of West Yorkshire’s finest musical exports. There was a raucous crowd then, and there will be another come May, when they complete Leeds full gig venue set by headlining First Direct Arena on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The massive gig will be the final show in a short run of seven dates across the UK, which will see them celebrate a decade of their landmark third album, ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ – the tour for which has creatively been labelled, ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Forever’.

The Cribs have said of the tour, “When writing an album, you (not so) secretly hope that 10 years down the line people will still care about it, still listen to it and get something out of it whatever that may be. And so, ultimately, we just feel really lucky and honoured to be in a position where this ‘conundrum’ of looking back vs moving forward is even a consideration. In short, this isn’t The Cribs indulging ourselves and reliving the past – it’s more just a big THANK YOU to all of you that have been with us throughout the years, and a ‘welcome aboard’ to those who missed it the first time around.”

Following on from their self-titled debut album and breakthrough follow-up ‘The New Fellas’, ‘Men’s Needs…’ was produced by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and saw the band achieve their most successful album up to that point. It reached number 13 in the UK Albums Chart, their highest charting effort, as well as making NME’s Top 10 in their 2007 Albums of the Year list.

And with good reason too. Opening with the irresistible ‘Our Bovine Public’, still one of their most popular anthems, and followed by the likes of ‘Moving Pictures’, ‘I’m A Realist’, and ‘Ancient History’ which have each stood the test of time, it remain staples of their chaotic live shows today.

The album’s apex, however, is ‘Be Safe’. A collaboration with Lee Ranaldo, of Sonic Youth fame, the band gave him 24 hours to come up with a spoken word piece that he would perform near-enough live, as heard on the record. Finished off with the Jarman-sung chorus of “I know a place we can go where you’ll fall in love so hard that / You’ll wish you were dead”, it may be one of the group’s finest efforts. And although Ranaldo now usually appears on a video on a big screen when the band play it live, what are the odds we might get a special appearance come May for The Cribs’ biggest ever concert?

Whether he does or not, the Wakefield trio’s arrival at First Direct Arena is cause for celebration as one of Yorkshire’s finest headline Leeds’ biggest stage. Here’s to toasting a decade of ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ in absolute style.

The Cribs play First Direct Arena on Saturday 20th May 2017. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 10th February 2017.