This year’s BBC Introducing Stage line-up for LEEDS FESTIVAL was announced this week – sorry it’s not been put up sooner, I’ve been on a Springsteen high for a couple of days.
Loads of cool acts – notably the Futuresound competition winners and the Centre Stage winners – will grace the stage right in the centre of the Leeds Festival arena over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Bramham Park. Let’s take a closer look >>
York’s KING NO-ONE won Centre Stage 2013 ahead of stiff competition and will grace the BBC Introducing Stage on the Sunday.
Their sharp indie tunes, all choppy riffs and soaring vocals (good hints of Foals and Muse in there) were enough to impress the judges, who included Leeds Fest booker Jon McIldowie.
First of the Futuresound competition winner CITY OF LIGHTS (Friday) are new to me. It seems like there’s a Dunwell in the ranks, so that’s a good sign. Very Snow Patrolly, with a bit of an edge. I’m a bit of a sucker for anthemic indie-pop >>
GLASS CAVES (Sunday) also got through the Futuresound competition with their driving alt-rock. I saw this lot ages ago (it might have been last year’s Futuresound heats?) and was quite impressed, so will be good to see them at Leeds Fest next month >>
I caught the last song of Wakefield trio THE GRAND (Saturday) when they played with The Chapman Family (RIP) in Wakey back in February. They sit pretty somewhere between Nick Cave and The National, with a brooding yet uplifting vibe. They’re grand >>
MODO STARE (Saturday) are an awesome electro outfit, boasting soaring synth sounds that would make M83 blush. Download their We Dream Of Mountains EP for FREE from HERE >>
WITCH HUNT (Friday) are a pensive pair from Leeds. Louisa Osborn and Chris Mulligan’s haunting alt-folk is dark, dreamy and rather delightful >>
And finally BATTLE LINES, a shoegazy synth-pop five-piece who topped the Futuresound comp and get to open the Festival Republic Stage on Friday.
Bradford’s answer to Mumford & Sons, MAN CAN’T FLY have been getting a bit of deserved attention since they got played for a week on Radio One earlier in the summer. They’re on the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday, and then they’re playing at Bingley Music Live the following week.
Completing the BBC Introducing Stage line-up over the weekend are >>
AS ELEPHANTS ARE
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
TO BE FRANK
WE ARE FICTION
WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER