Preview: Live at Leeds 2015

By on Wednesday, 4th February 2015 at 9:00 am

For the average music festival-goer, summer is their season. For music reviewers like us here at TGTF, May is go time, for it’s the one month of the year starring the most important emerging music events in the UK. We’ve already done initial previews for both The Great Escape (14-16 May) and Liverpool Sound City (22-24 May), and now it’s time to turn our attention away from the Southern seaside and the Northwest to go due east into Yorkshire for the winner of Best Metropolitan Festival 2014 at the UK Festival Awards. Annual event Live at Leeds, celebrating 9 years this year, have just revealed their first list of bands scheduled to perform in clubs, bars and performance spaces on the 2nd of May, the Saturday of the first May bank holiday.

You’ll recognize the bigger names. Oxford’s Stornoway (pictured at top), who announced in January details to their third album ‘Bonxie’ to be released in April, will be raring to go with an appearance in Leeds smack dab in the middle of an already announced UK tour. Carl Barat with his new band the Jackals will be releasing their debut album ‘Let It Reign’ is less than 2 weeks; critics are already saying that it’s Barat’s fine return to form and his best since the ‘Up the Bracket’ days. Emmy the Great, who showed off a brand new, outward-looking side of herself in her latest ‘S’ EP released in mid-January will also appear. Homegrown talent is also represented higher up the bill, with the psychedelic rock of Eagulls and Hookworms sure to please.

Further down the bill are the hopefuls that truly make emerging festivals like this one so special. London electro soul duo Honne, who just played a triumphant sold out show at Electrowerkz last night, are sure to be one of the biggest indie draws of Live at Leeds this year. Pixel Fix from Oxford, who released the fantastic ‘Running Thin’ EP last year as well as hold the distinction of having been chosen as one of four acts on the Communion New Faces tour in November 2014, is another good bet. Hype is building behind Liverpool’s Hooton Tennis Club, having moved up from Edge Hill University’s own Label Recordings onto indie Heavenly Recordings, making them a must see as well. London rockers The Mispers, who have been chosen as main support for Kodaline on their UK tour in February and March, are ready for their close-up too.

Keen? Tickets for the 1-day event in May are on sale now for the bargain price of just £27.50. For more information, visit the official Live at Leeds Web site.

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