Let’s make this very clear – LIVE AT LEEDS is the best festival of 2018, hands down. Even our other massive shindig over at Bramham Park pales in comparison, with a fairly underwhelming list of bands spread across three days.
Live At Leeds packs in hundreds of bands on one day – Saturday, May 5 – at venues around Leeds, turning the city into the biggest party around. From the hidden corners of the city in tiny rooms like Milo and Nation Of Shopkeepers to the Universities’ stages and the O2 Academy, live music will be celebrated with an incredible line-up of hot new acts and fan favourites.
THE VACCINES will be headlining the Leeds Festival Stage – a new addition for this year’s event, which looks like it could be offering a taste of what’s to come over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Speaking about their headline slot at this year’s Live At Leeds, The Vaccines say: “Whether at our own shows or at the festivals, Leeds has proved itself time and time again to be one of the best audiences in the world. We really mean that. It was the first chants of ‘Yorkshire!’ in 2011 that made us feel like we’d truly arrived.”
Joining them will be our fave RAE MORRIS, who returns to Live At Leeds after six years, now a bona fide pop star. Rae’s new album Someone Out There is packed with joyous electro-pop and the odd tender piano ballad. We saw her preview her new material at Belgrave last year and she’s so cool live. Get her on your ‘must see’ list.
THE XCERTS, IDLES, CABBAGE, AVALANCHE PARTY, NADINE SHAH, KING NUN, BAD SOUNDS, COSMO PYKE, THE BEACH and POM POKO are new stand-outs, and Leeds rockers FIZZY BLOOD, KRUUM, KOYO and FOREVER CULT prove how much the Leeds music scene is turning shit up to 11.
They’ll all be joining previously announced acts including CIRCA WAVES, THE HORRORS, ASH, BRITISH SEA POWER, SPRING KING, ANTEROS and PALE WAVES.
Year after year Live At Leeds gives us the best new music on our doorstep, creating so many ‘were you there’ moments – Mumford And Sons, Stormzy, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran and The 1975 have all appeared on small stages around the city – and this year looks set to be no different.