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News – British Wildlife Festival Kicks Off

This weekend (7th – 9th March) sees the eighth annual British Wildlife Festival take over the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

Not, as the name would suggest, a festival celebrating all that’s great about our nation’s flora and fauna, British Wildlife is actually a cutting edge music fest, hosting some of the best up-and-coming bands to come out of Leeds and beyond. Over three days, one of the best (if not THE best) independent venues in Leeds will see a revolving line-up of exciting live talent.

Headliners come in the form of Electric Electric on the Friday, Lady Scraper on the Saturday, and Dark Bells on Sunday. Aside from the headliners, names like Ice, Sea, Dead People, Female Smell, Castrovalva, Gum Takes Tooth, and Cowtown are the first to immediately jump from the stacked running order.

The full line-up is as follows:

Friday 7th March 2014
CATTLE
ELECTRIC ELECTRIC
HILARY & THE HATE CRIMES
HOUSEWIVES
ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE
P FOR PERSIA
SHATNER’S BASSOON

Saturday 8th March 2014
AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH
BAD GUYS
BLOODY MAMMALS
BLOOD SPORT
CASTROVALVA
EVIL BLIZZARD
FEMALE SMELL
GUM TAKES TOOTH
I’M BEING GOOD
LADYSCRAPER
MATTHEW BOURNE (THE BOURNE SYNTHESIZER SHOW)
MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI
SCREEN WIVES
SHITWIFE
SUPER FAST GIRLIE SHOW
SWEET WILLIAMS
TRANS/HUMAN
TWO TRICK HORSE
USA NAILS
WARM WIDOW

Sunday 9th March 2014
ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY
CARER
COWTOWN
DARK BELLS
GHOLD
HENRY BLACKER
STEREO VIRGINS
TOKYO DOORBELLS
VODUN
THE WITCH HUNT

We only caught word of the line-up just this week, so unfortunately were unable to include British Wildlife in our student friendly alternative festival guide in this month’s issue of the magazine (available on campus now!), but needless to say we would’ve done had we known about it earlier. In that article we mention that the one of the hidden facets of the Brudenell’s exuberant personality is its ability to host a mean all-dayer, and this – along with Gold Sounds coming up at the end of May – are but two of this year’s choice cuts. On the Saturday, bands will be staggered across the Brudenell’s two stage, so you need never not be watching a live band. And you can grab a pint as you fly through between rooms!

British Wildlife probably sum it up best with this little list of things to expect taken from their website:

In a Nutshell
Loads of awesome bands on the Friday
Even more awesome bands on Saturday
and even more awesome bands on Sunday
I use the term ‘band’ broadly
Over 30 bands playing over the one weekend
Late curfew
Freedom to come and go as you please.
Respect to all.
No VIP areas or backstage passes.
No barriers infront of stages.
Chaos
Cake
Some of the greatest bands in the UK.
Surprises.
DJs handpicked to play some really interesting / fun tunes.

Tickets cost £20 for the weekend or just £8 for the Friday night, and can be bought by clicking HERE.

For full information on the event including stage times and in depth information on each band, head over the British Wildlife’s website at BritishWildlife.info

We hope to see a lot of you down the front of this genuinely exciting event. The Brudenell is one of the best venues we’ve ever been to, and this roster of bands is sure to throw up a large handful of sensational surprises!

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