Leeds is home to some of the best music festivals in the UK and Live at Leeds is a great start to festival season and an absolute must for fans of indie and rock. With 5 stages to choose from, there’s something for everyone and this preview lists just some of the bands that you absolutely cannot miss and if you do, then you should still check them out.
Embodying the dream pop style, Australian pop rockers Lime Cordiale feel like a more laid back and easy going version of Arctic Monkeys. Lime Cordiale may sound sleepy and chill on the album but their set is sure to be a raging good time.
Hailing from New Zealand, The Beths have been touring the UK consistently bringing a bright and lively punk rock energy to our shores and now to Live at Leeds. The Beths could be New Zealand’s best pop export since Lorde.
Maximo Park are Newcastle based indie royalty and they have an amazing stage presence as well as all time classic indie tracks like Girls Who Play Guitar and if that doesn’t impress you then frontman Paul Smith’s snazzy dress sense will.
Kingfishr are an Irish folk act that have glorious sweeping choruses and beautiful songs propelled forward by the authoritative and powerful voice of their frontman. Certainly worth a look if you like your songs with a touch of Irish folk music.
Enola Gay are another Irish band hailing from Belfast. They have their roots set in Shoegaze but there’s an undeniable groove in tracks like Sofa Surfing. Recommended for fans of Sisters of Mercy and other goth rock bands.
Named after the central alternative hub of Manchester, Afflecks Palace are a bright and vibrant sounding indie rock band that are incredibly easy to space out and dance to. Recommended for Modest Mouse fans.
The Lathums are the best thing to come out of Wigan since Galloways but unlike Galloways, they’re for everyone and not just the rich elite. They’re an acoustic focused rock band for those that need more Northern indie twang and they’re only going to get bigger and bigger.
YouTube star James Marriot will be bringing his live act to Live at Leeds after extensively touring the UK. His music is sonically reminiscent of indie pop Rock acts like Bastille and that’s clear from tracks like Grapes.
A British indie pop legend from the 2000s, Kate Nash burst onto the scene with her smash hit Foundations but there’s a lot more to her than just that song. Experience her incredible stage presence and down to earth storytelling at Live at Leeds.
Two Door Cinema Club
A modern titan of Indie music, Two Door Cinema Club will be headlining the entire festival. Those who have never experienced their set are in for a massive treat as they blast through iconic tracks like What You Know.
These are just my picks but there’s so much more amazing music to discover and choose from but there’s simply not enough time to listen to it all. Keep following Weshootmusic for coverage coming soon…