We probably shouldn’t even mention this but Leeds and surroundings have so many local musiс talents that Live At Leeds could easily do with entirely local lineup and still fill in 25 stages which would match every audience. However, that would be too easy for the best metropolitan festival in the UK which tends to mix local variety of talents with the brightest newcomers from all over the country and abroad as well as renowned names.
This year’s schedule is so intense that it may cause serious dilemmas regarding where to go and whom to watch so we thought we would guide you along the handpicked routes around the Live At Leeds 2015. Here is the first one.
For a starter, there is a choice of 10 sets at some quality venues including Belgrave Music Hall, A Nation of Shopkeepers and The Wardrobe. DIY Magazine takes over the finest Leeds music stage in Brudenell Social Club and, with Colour of Spring kicking off the festival day, they seem to really collect the best colours of this Spring in the same room where Slaves, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bloody Knees, Broncho, Black Honey, The Magic Gang, Spring King, and even Russian outfit Pinkshinyultrablast will be performing during the day.
For lovers of heavier music and punk atmosphere The Key Club offers to start the day program with the set by Leeds grungy-punky-indie-poppy Forever Cult followed by more representatives of the local alternative stage — Treason Kings and Brawlers who are probably the most addictive live band in the world right now. Need to see them live again arrives within minutes after the end of their set.
While you may want to stay at The Key Club and enjoy Brawlers’ label mates Get Inuit, there is a great option of seeing London newcomers Crows at The Faversham. Just keep in mind that it will take quite a walk to get to the venue from Merrion Street. The Londoners are on stage at 15:30.
Milo Bars offer variety of Wakefield finest packed with Philophobia Music residents — We Got Rocket, The Do’s and The Ainsley Band performing on the day alongside CryBabyCry, Cactus Knife, Esper Scout and more.
It seems only right to watch every local band possible, however, in some run distance from Milo Bars, at Leeds Beckett Stage 2, the freshest names on British music scene Rat Boy, Yak and Kid Wave bring on their unique sounds and vibe.
To continue with local scene, Dr Marten’s Stage at Leeds Beckett offers sets from psychedelic gurus Hookworms and Eagulls. To expand geographical horizons, Leeds University Union invites to watch Liverpool newcomers Hooton Tennis Club at one of the most relaxed venues of the festival — Mine and skip the room for Stylus later to see Spector who came back to live performing recently.
On May 2nd Leeds Town Hall hosts the ultimate Leeds headline act — The Cribs. Regardless of limited capacity of the venue, The Cribs are the must see for anyone who has never seen them live in Leeds. Watch the show, shout the lyrics out at the top of your lungs, enjoy the crowd and be ready to catch Ryan Jarman jumping off stage.
Remember to allow time for walking and queueing between the sets and watch out for more routes around Live At Leeds 2015 from us!