“Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!” as goes the ever-present footy terrace chant ringing round music venues around the area.
LIVE AT LEEDS has been bringing the freshest faces and future big-hitters in the music world to the city for the past 11 years, but it also champions the heck out of all the regional talent Yorkshire has to offer.
The cross-city event, taking place this Saturday, May 5, continues to showcase a wealth of ace acts flying the White Rose flag at this hometown shindig. Here, we highlight some of the must-see acts who’ll be hitting up venues around Leeds this weekend.
Kicking the weekend off at a Momentum Music Fund showcase on Friday, May 4 at The Wardrobe is our faves MARSICANS. The band have been working tirelessly over the last six years or so and the graft is very much paying off.
They’ve been on tour for what seems like forever, playing with Clean Cut Kid, Hippo Campus, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Jaws and more, as well as appearing at Leeds and Reading Festivals, Kendal Calling, Glastonbury, 110 Above and Bingley Music Live.
We love their sun-kissed, shiny, indie pop a heck of a lot. Check out their recent single Throw Ourselves In below:
KOYO // OPORTO // 12-12:30
Leeds psych-rock five-piece are going to get your day off to a good start when they kick off proceedings at Oporto with their twisting skyward melodies.
LELO // LIBRARY LENDING ROOM // 12-12:30
We’re big fans of Leeds indie kid Lelo, the solo project of former Lone Guns drummer Ronan Peaker. His hypnotic and honest portrayal of young love in new single Breathing is packed with melancholy and tenderness. It’s pretty lush.
GRDNS // NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS // 12-12:30
Bradford’s psychedelic indie trio GRDNS (yep, that’s pronounced ‘Gardens’) whisk us on a trip back to the hazy days of early Madchester, all woozy, reverb-drenched guitars and far-out vocals. Imagine a beast borne of Arctic Monkeys and The Mock Turtles and you’ve got GRDNS.
THE ORIELLES // HOLY TRINITY CHURCH // 12-12:30
There’s nothing worse than a four-way clash to get your Live At Leeds scheduling going. But this Halifax lot will make the decision of where to start your day a tough one. The latest addition to the festival’s line-up, the garage-rock trio offer up a bit of boy-girl vocals, jittery, jangly guitars and cooler-than-hell attitude.
MAGICK MOUNTAIN // BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB // 1-1:30pm
This Leeds supergroup made up of members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Grammatics and Menace Beach, are a driving, riff-heavy grunge balanced with ethereal vocals. They’ve only got a handful of tunes out there, but their live shows are meant to be something. Well worth checking them out if you can find your way out of town a bit.
POLO // HEADROW HOUSE // 1-1:30
This electro-pop three-piece from Leeds have been making waves since winning the Centre Stage competition back in 2014. With a very slick and sexy RnB vibe, Polo are a breath of fresh air in the city’s music scene. They’re pretty mint. SORRY.
NICK JD HODGSON // CHURCH // 5:30-6pm
The former Kaiser Chief makes his hometown festival debut at Live At Leeds, having recently played a stellar set at Headrow House on his first solo tour. With a bright-and-breezy summer feel to his shimmering indie-pop songs, there’s a hint of The Shins and (kind of obviously) Kaiser Chiefs in the mix.
THE HOWL AND THE HUM // BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB // 6-6:30pm
York’s pop-noir outfit are becoming firm favourites on our Spotify account. From the tender, out-there snap of Portrait I to the folk lilt of Terraforming, the four-piece boast a wild and wonderful sound. We’ve not seen them before, but can’t wait to see how their delicate, demanding soundscape transforms in a live setting.
FIZZY BLOOD // THE KEY CLUB // 7-7:30pm
Back with ace new tune Pink Magic (below), Fizzy Blood have been bothering audiences around the country with their brooding blend of post hardcore and classic rock. They always make their hometown shows that extra special and the sweaty rock club basement setting of The Key Club will be bouncing for a solid 30 minutes. Be there.
FOREVER CULT // LEEDS BECKETT STAGE 2 // 8-8:30pm
This grunge rock foursome bring on the riffs and relentless energy, held together by bratty, fuzzed up pop hooks. We’ve seen this lot live a good few times and they’re so good to watch. Stick them on your schedule.
PULLED APART BY HORSES //LEEDS BECKETT MAIN STAGE // 8:30-9:30pm
Straight after Forever Cult, next door are PABH. These Leeds heavy hitters need no introduction after ten years on the scene and they’re an absolute riot live. Fierce and fucking joyful, the four-piece tear it up with big, big riffs and more energy that any stage can handle. Expect the biggest mosh pit of the festival and finish your musical Tour de Yorkshire in absolute chaos.
So there you have it – our top picks of regional talent, from delicate alt-folk to rip-roaring riffs and bubbling electro-pop, proving that the Leeds music scene is nothing but wonderfully eclectic.
The last few remaining Live At Leeds tickets are still up for grabs, so if you want in on the action this Saturday, May 5, head over to liveatleeds.com and bag yours ASAP.