Now in its 11th year, multi-venue inner city festival Live at Leeds is back at the end of this month with bigger names than ever across its vast line up.
The event will take place on Saturday 29th April spanning over multiple different venues around Leeds city centre.
The festival, which saw Ed Sheeran play in front of 100 people at Leeds’s Cockpit 5 years ago, has long been a champion of the very best up-and-coming bands, and this year is no different, with new talents showcased across the day, including hotly tipped acoustic duo Seafret, psychedelic indie rockers Kell, mesmerising singer/songwriter Arc, and many more acts from across the country making their way to the wonderful city of Leeds.
With such an eclectic line-up with masses of names, it can be hard to decide which are the best acts to seek out and enjoy. With that in mind, we thought we’d let you in on our top picks to catch:
Heir – The Wardrobe, 12pm
Heir are a five-piece alt-pop band from Leeds, making this a hometown gig for them. Combining wonderful harmonies with infectious rhythms, they’re certainly ones to watch as they slowly take the music scene in their stride. They recently held a single launch for the beautifully catchy ‘I’ll Pick You Up’ at Oporto in the city, which T’HUD went to check out (you can read about it here, and see why Heir are certainly not ones to be missed at Live at Leeds!)
The Opera Comic – Church, 4.30pm
Local lads The Opera Comic first created a stir in September 2016, without releasing a single song or even their band name. The ‘what is this band?’ campaign saw them simply uncover their spinning spiral logo, becoming a viral image online and even being spotted in several cities around the UK. 1st October saw the band officially debut both their name and first single ‘We Are the Freaks’. Their EP ‘A Time of Hope’ was released just last month, and they are continuing to rise as a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene and beyond.
Black Honey – O2 Academy, 5pm
Brighton four-piece Black Honey have taken the music industry by storm this year. Enigmatic front-woman Izzy Baxter Phillips is a Lana Del Ray-like powerhouse vocalist backed by dreamy shoegaze indie rock. A string of singles later and they’re well on their way to becoming one of the top bands of 2017. Their live sets are electric, making them an act not to miss at this year’s festival.
Dead! – The Key Club, 6.15pm
Hailing from Southampton but presiding in London, these four boys certainly know how to make a noise. Forming in early 2012, they’ve certainly raised a ruckus on the rock scene. They’ve toured with Vant, Deaf Havana, and even landed a slot at Download Festival. Make sure you make room to catch Dead! as you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Slaves – O2 Academy, 9pm
Iconic punk duo Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent took the world by storm with their seminal album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ back in 2015, and have been going from strength to strength ever since, subsequently returning with their follow-up album ‘Take Control’ last year. On the back of smashing mainstage festival slots, they’re set to wreak havoc upon Live at Leeds 2017. This promises to be one of the festival’s absolute highlights given that their live sets are renowned to take the roof off. Make sure not to miss the unforgettable Slaves!
Tickets for Live at Leeds 2017 are currently still available at the absolute steal of a price of £32.50, so make sure you get yours quickly to avoid disappointment. You wouldn’t want to be that person who sits at home wondering about the fantastic acts you’ve missed!
Get your tickets here!