Preview: Live At Leeds

Dry The River bassist Scott Miller.
Dry The River bassist Scott Miller.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Live At Leeds, the metropolitan music festival which last year brought sets from Royal Blood and George Ezra, returns with an even bigger line-up than before.

With live music taking place at 20 venues across Leeds, including the Brudenell Social Club, the O2 Academy and The Wardrobe, music lovers will be spoilt for choice, and will have one or two tough decisions to make.

After winning the UK Festivals Award for Best Metropolitan Festival in 2014, the line-up for Live At Leeds contains a number of big names sure to put on a good show. Early on, London’s Dry The River will grace the O2 Academy stage at 14:45. With large, bold choruses and wondrous harmonies, the band fronted by Peter Liddle are a real treat to witness, and cannot be missed, especially at such an early timeslot.

“A diverse list which should please all festival fans this year.”

Returning to Live At Leeds following a stellar 2014, Palma Violets will threaten to blow the speakers off the wall at the Leeds Town Hall at 20:30. Heavily backed by NME, the Lambeth band have recently followed their debut album ‘180’ with a critically acclaimed second, ‘Danger In The Club’, which will be released on May 5th. Fans of the band can therefore look forward to hearing new songs for the first time, along with a stage dive or two.

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Lucy Rose

Headlining at the Holy Trinity Church at 22:15, and arguably one of the most well known names on the line-up is Warwickshire singer-writer Lucy Rose. After a successful debut album, ‘Like I Used To,’ and features on tracks by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Ghostpoet, Rose has gently become a household name, and will be one of many artists to benefit from the acoustic of the Leeds Holy Trinity Church. Rose is likely to play at least a couple of numbers from her new album, ‘Work It Out’, which is scheduled to be released this July.

Earlier in the day at the Holy Trinity, York’s own Sam Griffiths will perform at 13:00 as part of the ‘Communion Presents’ stage. A regular at local York venues, Griffiths will be accompanied by his band, which marks a recent shift from acoustic to electric music, and Griffiths confirmed that the set would be ‘a little louder than people may expect‘.

Meanwhile, the main headline attraction is sure to be Wakefield indie rockers The Cribs. Playing at 22:00 at the Leeds Town Hall, and off the back of their latest album, ‘For All My Sisters’, the Yorkshire legends are likely to draw a big crowd, and produce a thumping and fitting finale for the festival.

Other notable performers at the festival include Eagulls, George The Poet, Stornoway, Dutch Uncles and many others, making up a diverse list which should please all festival fans this year.

Wristbands for the festival are available from the Live At Leeds website for £27.50.

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Laurence Morgan

Music Editor, third year music student with no other discernible features. Sometimes wears a hat. Favourites in music include Dry The River, Adult Jazz, Alt-J, James Blake and prepared to listen to anything. Try me.

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