Live At Leeds is a metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May.
The ethos has always been to celebrate the best in upcoming local bands alongside more established national acts. Over the past six years, we’ve had the likes of Mumford&Sons, Ed Sheeran, The Maccabees, Jake Bugg, Hurts, Bombay Bicycle Club and Pulled Apart By Horses grace our stages!
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The 2013 Festival took place on the bank holiday weekend of 3rd May to 6th May and featured a huge programme of gigs and music inspired events...
Friday 3rd May
The Unconference kick-started the weekend on Friday 3rd May with its unique take on the music industry seminar. Featuring practical advice on entering the industry side of the music world from a host of experienced professionals, all eager to guide you on your path to musical fulfilment with a range of discussion seminars and workshops. Check out ‘The Unconference’ tab for more details.
In addition to The Unconference there were a number of associated gigs in three Live At Leeds venues: Brudenell Social Club, The Cockpit and The Wardrobe. These events require seperate tickets.
Black Moth formed out of the ashes of a Leeds based garage rock band, seduced by the brutal and hypnotic lure of the riff, to emerge translucent skinned and bleary eyed from their cocoon as the ferocious kick-ass heavy outfit that is Black Moth.
Apparently the sucess of Wet Nuns is down to a unique combination of 'women, death. beards, skulls and whiskey'. It's the magic formula for a lo-fi blues punk sound that has been tearing doors from gig venues across the UK.
Experimental, scrappy, but with an accessible underbelly, Bearfoot Beware are an alt-rock power trio from Leeds This year has seen the gentlemen release their sophomore EP BASS LINE (pronounced like - but not to be confused with; the fish), performing alongside the likes of Johnny Foreigner, Tellison and Two Door Cinema Club in the process.
These Irish teenagers have been causing quite a stir of late. Their slick covers of 60s favourites coupled with sharp suits and the kind of swagger that would put the likes of Lou Reed and Paul McCartney in their hay day to shame.
Coming on strong with a classic BritPop swagger, The Likely Lads come with a high pedigree having blown crowds away at LAL2012 and then being invited to play the Dance To The Radio Stage at Leeds Festival the same year. They returned to Leeds for a special headline show in room 3 which was packed to the rafters.
Hot on the heels of the excitement of two of our isles most hotly tipped bands, The Session clubnight at The Cockpit was the real way to open your Live At Leeds weekend in style. For the first time in Live At Leeds' history, The Session was the only place for you to get your Saturday wristband before anyone else, with a very special pre-wristband exchange in the club running from 11pm until 1am.
With special guest DJs from some of the weekends bigest acts including Swim Deep and Post War Glamour Girls, the best priced drinks in the city and a club full of the best indie anthems out there; from classics like Blur and The Cribs to the best new music around in the form of Peace and Swim Deep and some old favourites from the likes of Bowie and Fleetwood Mac. The Session is the place to be on a Friday night.
Featuring the awesome homegrown Hope & Social and Manchester's amazing Louis Barabas and The Bedlam Six, this is the 1st leg of a musical War of the Roses. A Yorkshire E-Street Band and Manchester's finest purveyors of dirty vaudeville, in the hallowed Brudenell Social Club. It was fun, loud, quiet, with a touch of the theatrical and good, grand, great music.
Saturday 4th May
The main event, on Saturday 4th May, hosted over 100 bands playing across a range of venues around Leeds; all of which were accessible via the purchase of a special Live at Leeds festival wristband priced at £22.50! Bands confirmed for the 2013 wristbanded event included Alunageorge, Darwin Deez, Everything Everything, Little Comets, Peace, Rudimental, The Pigeon Detectives, The Staves, The Walkmen and Tribes! Check out the ‘Artists' tab for the full line-up.
To add to all of the excitement of the day, Live At Leeds also commandeered a few of our favourite spots in the city centre, in order to host intimate live music performances from some amazing acts. These exciting takeovers took place at Dr.Martens, Pretty Green, Hirst’s Yard and Everyman Cinema!
Sunday 5th May
The Vaccines played a separate ticketed event at Millenium Square, supported by 3 awesome bands; Temples, TOY and Drenge. An amazing round up to an amazing weekend!
Monday 6th May
On Monday 6th May, the Live At Leeds 5-a-side football tournament returned to Goals on Kirkstall Road. A huge success last year, the tournament featured a host of bands that have played the Festival battling it out to be crowned football champions! Past winners have included The Pigeon Detectives and Straight Up! clubnight at Wire... However for 2013, it was Wakefield based music label, Philophbia Music, who triumphed over the rest of the rabble!
Community radio Station ELFM also curated an awesome line up to add to the excitement of the day. Included in this; Beth Gordan, Black Alley, Carnabells, Grace With Tea Leaves. Myfanwy Shields, This Legion and We Be Happy.