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.
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Headline Picture by Nick Baines.
Drumming Picture by Danny North.