High Five: Our Leeds Festival ones to watch

Okay, so LEEDS FESTIVAL is back with a banging line-up this weekend and you’re probably trying to work out whether to bring wellies or sun cream.

You’re also probably pondering who to catch away from the bigger-hitter headline acts or Main Stage bohemoths. Well, we’re here to help. You’re welcome.


Here are five acts we think you should definitely check out at Bramham Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend:

First up, MARSICANS (BBC Introducing Stage, Saturday, 8:10pm). These local lads (literally – they live a couple of miles away from the site) have been kicking up a dreamy indie-pop fuss for a few years now, and are just starting to get the recognition they deserve.

And what’s more deserved of them than a headline slot at the BBC Introducing Stage? Their sun-kissed sounds are the perfect festival flavour, bouncing off Bombay Bicycle Club and Beach Boys vibes. From early tunes like Gone In A Second and Swimming to new stuff like Your Eyes and Little Things, the Leeds four-piece can do no wrong. Check them out.

Next up is another indie-pop band from Leeds. TALKBOY (BBC Introducing Stage, Friday, 12:40pm) are a sublime six-piece whose joyful boy-girl harmonies send their psychedelic-fused guitar pop soaring.

Their debut EP is out soon, but in the mean time, get a taste of what to expect when they land at Leeds Festival Friday lunchtime. Seriously, don’t miss them.

THE LOOSE CUT (BBC Introducing Stage, Friday, 12pm) are another band from Leeds, and these guys dish out a gritty blues-fuelled indie-rock vibe that’s not a million miles away from the cooler side of Kings Of Leon.

New tune Demons exemplifies this sound perfectly – soaring, gritty choruses and pulsing percussion push the tune along. They’re going to be a perfect kickstart to your festival weekend.

Listen to Demons here: hyperurl.co/89ads3

IN YOUR PRIME (The Pit, Saturday, 12.30pm) won the FutureSound competition and get to open up the Pit with their alt-rock greatness. The five-piece have been causing a stir around Leeds from the last three years, honing their frenetic sounds and live performances.

Expect huge riffs, soaring vocals and more energy than you can handle on a Saturday lunchtime.

Lastly, and mentioned them in our Yorkshire Day feature, SCUM (BBC Introducing Stage, Sunday, 12.40pm) are worthy winners of the Centre Stage competition.

The Horsforth punk trio have such sharp sounds for such a young bunch – they’ve barely been up and running a year. Wide-eyed, jagged punk riffs clatter around thunderous percussion – expect an energetic set from these youngsters. And keep an eye out for more dates around Leeds in the near future. Definitely ones to watch.

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