Happy Yorkshire Day, y’all! It’s August 1st today, which means LEEDS FESTIVAL is officially happening THIS MONTH. Yay! Three weeks today, in fact (if we count the Dance To The Radio pre-festival party, which we will).
So to celebrate all that is Yorkshire, we’ve picked out some of this year’s local acts performing at Leeds Festival, from Main Stage stars to emerging talent.
Up first, Leeds indie six-piece TALKBOY will open the BBC Introducing Stage on Friday. If you’re a fan of lush boy-girl harmonies, sun-kissed indie sounds, then this bands is going to get your festival off to a cracking start.
On Saturday lunchtime, this year’s Centre Stage winners SCUM will kick off the BBC Introducing Stage fun. The young punk trio from Horsforth kick out a right good noise, so if you’re a fan of Idles, Slaves, Fontaines DC etc, they’ll be right up your alley.
Headlining the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday night are our faves MARSICANS. They’re no strangers to Leeds Festival, having first played on the same stage some seven years ago. It’ll be super rad to see them top the bill this summer and their new tune Little Things is yet another perfect dose of indie-pop serotonin to see of your Saturday evening at the festival.
Leeds hardcore lot HIGHER POWER will be hitting The Pit stage on Sunday. They’ve got a wicked 90s post-hardcore groove soaring above the mighty riffs, kind of like Iceburn before they went fully prog, and their debut album, Soul Structure, is absolute killer stuff. They’ll get them circle pits going for sure. Well worth checking out.
Joining Higher Power in The Pit on Sunday are Harrogate hardcore band BLOOD YOUTH. The four-piece pack a mighty punch with a Slipknot-esque sound. Made for the mosh, their new album, Starve, is a solid listen. Who knew something so visceral would come out of such a sleepy Yorkshire spa town?!
Something a bit less meaty over on the Festival Republic stage on Sunday, ODDITY ROAD from Sheffield dish out some damn fine indie rock. Bags of riffs and guitar hooks, this lot sound like a fresh-faced Courteeners. Keep your eyes on them.
And Doncaster’s YUNGBLUD wraps up this Yorkshire Day list. He’s gone from obscurity to Muse-supporting rising star to hooking up with Halsey for 11 Minutes in just 18 months. His brash, unapologetic pop-punk has earned him an army of fans online, and you can bet the crowds at the Main Stage on Friday afternoon will be clamouring for a spot down the front.
There are still tickets for Leeds Festival, if you fancy it. Get yours from leedsfestival.com and join us at Bramham Park over the August bank holiday weekend.