Live at Leeds Meets: VJ (Kaiser Chiefs)

May 3, 2018

As Live at Leeds approaches we thought we’d catch up with VJ, a regular attendee of the festival (and artist in past festivals), and drummer for Kaiser Chiefs to ask him about his memories of Live at Leeds and who he’ll be watching this year.


Hi VJ, Let’s start with a classic…What is the Best gig you’ve seen at Live at Leeds?

It’s never really been about best gigs for me, it’s individual moments that I always remember. Walking into the Brudenell as Paul Thomas Saunders was playing Appointment In Samarra was a moment. As was Sam Airey singing Endless Sea at the Holy Trinity Church. That being said IDLES at the Key Club in 2017 was fully ace.


Who are you looking forward to see from this years line-up?

I want to see what FLING are up to for sure. I heard a couple of good tracks from Sons Of Raphael so would be good to see what they’re about. Be great to catch up with Spring King too. Need to make sure my route includes Five Guys at some point.


What makes Live at Leeds special/ unique to you?

I reckon it’s because I’ve been roaming about since its inception. I feel like I’ve grown up alongside it. From being a part of it with my previous bands to just enjoying the day. It’s one of the three days I look forward to every year – Christmas Day, Live At Leeds and when they have a final chance huge discount sale on at DFS.



How do you see the future of the Music Scene in Leeds?

I’m not really the greatest person at ask about this TBH as the scene and music evolves so quickly, as does Leeds itself. All I can say is although home production has created exciting sounds and scenes I will always feel that independent local venues play a huge role. A physical space where people can gather/grow/exchange/relate/experience/create. Whatever the future is it will be all the better with these places in the mix.




What’s you’re favourite new music find over the years at Live at Leeds/ do you have an ‘I was there’ moment you can share with us from stuff you’ve seen over the years?

Two artists that I wasn’t massively familiar with before seeing them but went out of interest/hype were AlunaGeorge and Courtney Barnett. Both were incredible in very different ways.



Final tickets are available for Live at Leeds from HERE.

Headline Picture by Nick Baines.

Drumming Picture by Danny North.

My ideal Live at Leeds: Andy Smith (Head Booker)

May 2, 2018

Andy Smith is the Live at Leeds and Futuresound Events head booker and been programming and running the festival since it began 12 years ago. Who better to recommend his ideal day at Live at Leeds this Saturday!


Andy: Firstly I’d get myself a wristband, essential for entry into all the venues so recommended to get it done early, our wristband exchange opens at 9am at Leeds College of Music, and if you’re hungry I’d highly recommend heading next door to The Wardrobe which is open for breakfast from 9am.


12pm: First Band! Idles, returning to the festival after being one of the hottest new bands of last year they’re opening The Dr Marten’s stage at The Wardrobe, the perfect wake up call and it’s likely to go completely nuts!



1.15pm:  After that I’d stick around in the venue and see The Blinders, who are a new band I’m excited about.  Visceral, political punk with loads of energy and recently sold out their last Leeds and Sheffield shows with us.



2pm:  From there I’ll be moving on to the Trinity Stage (which is a new pop up stage for 2018, in Trinity Leeds on the Lower Ground Floor) to see Far Caspian, a band really new to Leeds but already turning loads of heads.  If you’re into Local Natives, Half Moon Run or Foster the People it lands somewhere in-between those and well worth checking out.



3pm:  Jalen N’Gonda will be the next show I’ll catch over at the NME Stage at Headrow House (similar soulful tunes to Leon Bridges but from Liverpool!) followed by a quick taxi down to the Brudenell Social Club to catch Boniface over on the NEU stage in the Community Room.



4pm:  I’d stick around at The Brudenell Social Club for the DIY Stage where I’ll be watching Whenyoung who play a more contemporary postcard-records type indie-pop and recently supported Peace and The Vaccines on national shows.



4.30pm:  Another buzz band who’s name has been on everyone’s lips since Christmas is Stereo Honey, they played our LAL One’s to Watch show back in the Autumn and I’m really excited to have them return to Leeds for the festival. Not dissimilar to Wild Beasts (RIP) they are going to sound incredible in the beautiful surroundings of Church, which is the home to our Dork Stage this year.


5pm:  A quick run back to see Pip Blom at the Brudenell who are an indie pop outfit with a twist and are coming all the way from Amsterdam!

If you’re getting hungry mid-festival you can grab a quick dinner at the Brudenell, they do Pie Minister pies throughout the day!



6pm:  Next I’m at Dermot Kennedy at O2 Academy on the Leeds Festival Stage.  He’s got huge streaming numbers and a huge voice.  His shows have been selling out for us and around the country so I’m really looking to seeing him playing to a larger crowd in a setting like Church.



7pm:  One band that have been impossible to avoid in the office due to their omnipresence on Spotify playlists are Vistas.  I’m not complaining, they’ve got a sackfull of tunes so I’m going to see them close the Trinity Stage on Saturday.


7.30pm:  If you pass through Trinity you can use the Trinity Kitchen discount that comes with your wristband…but by this point I’ll be at Sea Girls at Dr Marten’s Stage at The Wardrobe. Sea Girls first played a show for us on the Live at Leeds Ones to Watch and they’ve since sold out The Brudenell and landed Radio One playlists.  Another band that know their way around a good indie-pop tune I’d expect a lot of excitement in the room for these fellas.



8pm:  By way of Taxi I’ll be at The Brudenell in time to catch Boy Azooga.  We listen to a lot of 6music in the office and their tune ‘Loner Boogie’ has carved it’s way into my head after repeated plays.  It’s like a more English version of Queens of the Stone age or The Dead Weather with loads of live feel to the recording so I can’t wait to see it recreated.



9pm:  The day wouldn’t be complete for me if I didn’t get to The Vaccines, our late announcement for the top of the Leeds Festival stage bill.  We’ve worked with this band a number of times and they always put on a big show!



10.30pm:  I’m still going, and I’d need plenty of energy for the Circa Waves set at Stylus.  I predict it going off in a big way for this band, they’ve got the perfect summer festival tune in ‘T-shirt weather’ and we’re the first festival of the summer so it couldn’t be a better fit!



11.15pm:  My end to the day (before the afterparty at the Wardrobe of course) would be Pale Waves.  Their recent Leeds show sold out in no time, they’re a huge buzz band this year and rightly so as their tunes, aesthetic and live show are all on point.  A really exciting act to be hosting at The Brudenell this year and I can’t wait to see them do their thing.

12am:  It’s not over! Afterparty at The Wardrobe!

Final tickets for Live at Leeds are available from Lunatickets HERE.

Huw Stephens Radio 1 Preview: Live at Leeds

May 2, 2018

Radio 1’s Huw Stephens did a preview of Live at Leeds on his show last night!

Click on the image below to listen on the Iplayer.


Huw met Sally Bryant from our Live at Leeds team and chatted about her tips for the festival!

Live at Leeds Recommends | Boy Azooga

April 30, 2018

Recent BBC 6 Music and Annie Mac faves Boy Azooga have a new track Jerry out this week.
Check it out on Spotify here –


They’re at Live at Leeds on the 5th May Brudenell Social Club DIY Stage on at 8pm!

Live at Leeds Special Guests: The Orielles

April 24, 2018

The first of our SPECIAL GUESTS!
The Orielles join Live at Leeds following the release of their 6music album of the day and Guardian loved ‘Garage Rock Masterclass’ ‘Silver Dollar Moment’.
Catch them at the Clash Magazine stage on Holy Trinity Stage. Get your tickets to the festival from!


April 24, 2018

You MUST exchange your ticket for a wristband prior to going to venues.




You can do this at the following times/places:

Friday 4th May
(Physical and etickets ONLY)

(27 Albion St, LS1 5ER)
From 4pm-8pm

(St Peters Square, LS9 8AH)
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Saturday 5th May
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(3 Quarry Hill, LS2 7PD)
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BOX OFFICE: Collections, Cash Sales & Guestlist

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Live at Leeds Recommends: Krrum

April 15, 2018


Live at Leeds Recommends: Krrum

Listen with the line-up on the Live at Leeds playlist:

For Fans of: Dirty Projectors | Purity Ring | Twin Shadow

Krrum is the pseudonym of 21 year old, Sheffield born Alex Carrie. Krrum fuses Alex’s love of pop, hip-hop and electronic music. Quickly building a fanbase around the North of England, Krrum have featured at shows like Pitchfork music festival in Paris as well as one of the first regional BBC Introducing shows at Live at Leeds venue the Brudenell. Check out the big big tune ‘Evil Twin’!

Playing Live at Leeds 2018 on the Dork stage Church Leeds.

Live at Leeds Recommends: Bad Sounds

April 11, 2018


Live at Leeds Recommends: Bad Sounds

Listen with the line-up on the Live at Leeds playlist:

For Fans of: Beck | Blaenavon | alt-J

Annie Mac’s Hottest Record tonight on Radio 1 with new track ‘Evil Powers’! Bristol’s Bad Sounds produce anything but that. They come to Live at Leeds 2018 on 5th May after some packed out shows and tours with Rat Boy and reimagine some of Beck’s best electro-indie crossover moments in modern day technicolor. See them on the Dork stage at Church Leedsat 8.30pm.

Live at Leeds Recommends | The Blinders

March 18, 2018

Live at Leeds Recommends: The Blinders

Listen with the line-up on the Live at Leeds playlist:

For Fans of: CABBAGE | Weirds | BABY STRANGE

The Blinders come to Live at Leeds 2018 from Doncaster via Manchester…described as ‘visceral political punk rock with psych overtones’ (Clash Magazine), and having toured with CABBAGE on early shows they’ve already sold out shows at Brudenell Social Cluband in a bunch of venues across the UK.

Learn more about the artists on the Live at Leeds line-up on our ARTISTS PAGE.

Live at Leeds Announcement: The Vaccines top the bill at Live at Leeds 2018

March 7, 2018

Topping the bill at Live at Leeds 2018, one of the most exciting bands of recent years The Vaccines will return to Leeds with new album ‘Combat Sports’ on the horizon.


Artists just added include Idles, Superorganism, Nadine Shah, Rae Morris, Yak, Bad Sounds, CABBAGE, The Xcerts, Cosmo Pyke, The Night Café, King Nun, Sea Girls and many more.



The newly announced artists will join a huge bill featuring Circa Waves, Peace, Ash, British Sea Power, The Horrors, The Magic Gang, Pale Waves, Pulled Apart By Horses, Ten Tonnes, and over 100 more.

Live at Leeds will take place in multiple venues across Leeds City Centre, and is the first festival of the year in which to catch the essential sounds of 2018, a chance to see the best new music first with alumni that include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, The 1975, Royal Blood, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Stormzy and many more acts that have gone onto huge things after playing their first Live at Leeds at the start of their careers.

Find out about every artist playing the festival including listening links live on our artists page.

Live at Leeds Recommends | TOUTS

February 18, 2018


Live at Leeds Recommends: TOUTS

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For Fans of: The Enemy | The Jam | The Clash

Listen on our line-up on Spotify playlist:

Irish three-piece Touts are our latest ‘Live at Leeds Recommends’ artist, appearing at Live at Leeds 2018 after supporting no less than The AmazonsLiam Gallagher and another legend Paul Weller. Check them out on our Live at Leeds playlist and get down to the Festival in May to see them live!


Live at Leeds Meets…Spring King

February 16, 2018

Spring King join Live at Leeds this year having played one of their first gigs in the region with us.  They’re now one of the hottest acts on our 2018 line-up and we caught up with them at during their recent tour (including a Sold Out show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club) to get the low down on what’s going on for the Manchester four-piece. The band also shared with us a bunch of shows from the tour.

Photos from Henry Muller.


Spring King Leeds

Hi Spring King great to have you on Live at Leeds this year! Can you tell us your favourite thing about Leeds?

Hey guys, it’s lovely to be back! I think it has to be the Brudenell Social Club, it’s my favourite venue in the country by far. It’s got 2 fantastic live rooms, a great atmosphere, and the pub itself is such a nice place. Cosmic slop is a close second though.


Spring King Leeds


Can you remember your first show in Leeds? Where was it and how did it go?

I think our first show in Leeds was potentially Live at Leeds like 3 or 4 years ago, upstairs at Leeds Met – it was a wild show! Great crowd, there was a bunch of friends and family came down as well, it was a really nice day all around.


Spring King Leeds


What can we expect from your Live at Leeds show?  Any new material on the go?

We’ve been trying out some new material on this tour and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, so you can definitely expect some new tunes – besides that, expect a crazy fast, energetic show with plenty of moshing, crowd surfing and all round good vibes!


Spring King Leeds

Live at Leeds is a festival that showcases new music…do you have any new artists on the line-up you can recommend? 

The major one for me is you have to try and catch Our Girl [playing the PRS Momentum showcase on Friday 4th May at The Wardrobe] – it’s Soph from The Big Moon’s other band and they’re incredible! We played with them at a charity show at Islington Mill in Manchester a while ago and they blew us away. They’re the loveliest people, and Soph is a wild guitar player, a must see!


Spring King Leeds

What’s your ideal festival line-up (dead and alive)?

I think taking into account all the guys taste, it’d have to be the Beach Boys headlining, The Mars Volta, Belle and Sebastian, Chet Baker, and a late night set from LCD Soundsytem. Something like that.

Spring King Leeds

What are the band’s plans for 2018?

The main ambition for this year is to put new music out in whatever form it takes, and to be out on the road as much as possible – expect bigger and better shows, and hopefully an incredible busy year.


Check out ‘Rectifier’ by Spring King Below…and make sure you’re at their Live at Leeds show this year on 5th May!


Live at Leeds Recommends | Bruno Major

February 12, 2018


Listen on Spotify

For Fans of: James Blake | Sampha | Lana Del Rey

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Welcome to a new feature from Live at Leeds…our ‘Recommends’ slot showcasing artists from our 2018 line-up. Today we’re talking about Bruno Major, who in the words of one of our bookers Joe is: “An amazing artist, who recently finished a project where he released a track every full moon for a year. The collection of songs was called ‘incredible’ and ‘stunning’ by NME and he gets my vote as one of the artists to watch at Live at Leeds this year.”



Live at Leeds 2018: New Line-Up Announcement!

January 24, 2018


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Live at Leeds have added further artists to our 2018 line-up, with an exciting mixture of classic artists alongside the most exciting new music to emerge in recent months…


Ash, Sunset Sons, Pulled Apart by Horses and Dermot Kennedy are amongst the artists that will join Circa Waves, Peace, British Sea Power, The Horrors on 5th May in Leeds City Centre.

Live at Leeds is the ultimate place to hear the essential new sounds of 2018, join us on Saturday 5th May- we’re sure you will find your new favourite band!  Check out all the artists on our Artists page, where we have social and listening links on every artist on the line-up.

Live at Leeds is part of Leeds International Festival.

Meet the Artists – Nick J.D. Hodgson

January 12, 2018

As part of our build up to Live at Leeds 2018 we’re sitting down with some artists from the line-up to grill them on what makes them buzz…first up is the notable Nick J.D. Hodgson, formerly founder member and chief writer in Kaiser Chiefs and now releasing solo material after a break that saw him co-writing with artists like Mark Ronson and Rat Boy.

Check out Nick’s first single ‘Suitable’ below:



Live at Leeds is your first festival under the new project, after all the shows and festivals you’ve done do you still get nervous before gigs?

Yes and no. I spent a couple of months being nervous for the first two shows in December but then i was fine just before walking on. I had no plans to play live until i got a text from Ross from The Cribs asking if I’d support them. That was in October and i didn’t have a band or any stage clothes so I was nervous.


It’s taken a little while for you to come out with a solo record, what drove you to do it after the break from the limelight?

I always refused to even entertain the idea. I’d convinced myself I’d got all that out of my system but I clearly haven’t! Ultimately it just comes down to the desire to express yourself and to be a musician. I’ve spent all my life writing songs for others to sing and in about March last year I was just struck by something I found myself singing that felt like I should sing it. It was a eureka moment.


What were your influences for the new record?  There’s quite a 70’s / ELO feel to the production, was that a conscious thing?

Most of the instruments I own are from the 70s so it just happened like that. I’ve heard Noel Gallagher say that instruments, or maybe just guitars have souls and I think that too in a way. I’ve often been in guitar shops, picked up some vintage guitar and played something I’ve never thought of before in a different mood to anything I’d normally play. Unfortunately I have to buy it at that point cos it might be the next magic guitar with all the answers.

I also love Tame Impala and so I wanted to be in that corner of the room when it came to the drum sound and the bass sound. That also leads you down a 70s path.

ELO definitely influenced the vocal harmonies, I’ve always been into stacking up the voices cos it sounds lush. There’s some 10CC in there too.


Will you be checking out the other bands at Live at Leeds, and who are you most looking forward to on the line-up?

Yes, Anteros cos they’re my friends and I’ve worked with them a few times in the studio. I’d like to see Pale Waves too to see what the fuss is about.


What’s your favourite Leeds venue (dead or alive) ?

The Cockpit was amazing because I did a lot of growing up in there. I can remember the first time I walked into Brighton Beach and I knew this was the place for me.


You’ve been involved in the Leeds music scene for years now, what’s the weirdest thing to happen to you at a Leeds venue?

I met Liv Tyler at Joseph’s Well, that was weird.


What’s your perfect festival line-up (other than Live at Leeds 2018 and assuming you’re already on it…)?

If it’s any band dead or alive, I’d love to see Queen with Freddie headlining Leeds festival. I’d also like to see a reformed Oasis. Nirvana would be good and The Strokes. Plus Amy Winehouse, Madonna, Bowie, The Beatles and Slade.


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Calling All Indies!

October 25, 2017

As part of Live at Leeds 2018, we want to celebrate the exciting independent businesses in our city, it’s what Leeds is all about and we are proud to be one of them.

We want music fans to explore what the city has to offer whilst they soak up the best in new musical talent, so if you’d like to suggest your place as a cool event space, pop up venue, have an idea we could collaborate on or just think the Live at Leeds crowd should check out what you do then get in touch with us by emailing