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Live at Leeds 2015 Preview: editor Mary’s best band bets

By on Thursday, 2nd April 2015 at 11:00 am

Please note: as with all of festival previews, the information we post here on TGTF on Live at Leeds is current at the time of posting, but we encourage you to check in at the Live at Leeds 2015 official Web site closer to the start of the event to confirm venues and set times. Wristbands for the festivities in Leeds on Saturday the 2nd of May are still available at the bargain price of £27.50. More information on where you can purchase your tickets in person or online is available here.

Under top secret cover earlier this week, TGTF were given the Live at Leeds 2015 band schedule before its official release this morning. We’ve had a read through of the massive schedule, and in this post, editor Mary Chang offers her best bets for the festival in this Live at Leeds 2015 preview post.

Get Inuit
Eskimoes aren’t known to be all that musical or quirky, so imagine my surprise when Kent’s Get Inuit was both. They have a single called ‘Dress of Bubble Wrap’, for god’s sakes. And it’s amazing in its pop brilliance. Like your indie pop / rock a little off-kilter with loads of great guitars and titles like ‘Cutie Pie I’m Bloated’? (I’m not kidding.) This is the band for you.

Get Inuit perform at the Key Club at 3 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

Pixel Fix
2014 was a good year for Oxford’s Pixel Fix. The indie pop trio from Oxford released their ‘Running Thin’ EP in the summer, featuring the ultra catchy ‘Lungs’ and the smooth jam ‘Change This’. In terms of touring, they got to gain many more fans supporting Cheltenham TGTF Bands to Watch success story Young Kato on their spring UK tour, and then later on in November, they were chosen for Communion Music’s New Faces tour. They might be playing an absurdly early time in the afternoon, but I view this positively: you have a better shot of figuring them into your schedule.

Pixel Fix perform at Leeds Uni Mine at 3:30 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

No strangers to major tours and festivals, arguably Oxford’s biggest band of the moment Stornoway come to Leeds to promote their new and third album ‘Bonxie’ (out on the 13th of April on Cooking Vinyl), their first with an outside producer (Gil Norton, who has worked with the likes of Pixies and Foo Fighters). And the results are spectacultar: early taster tracks like the reflective single ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ and the upbeat ‘Get Low’ prove while beefing up their pop sound, they’ve been able to keep the harmonies and wittiness they’ve always been known for.

Stornoway perform at the Academy at 4 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

As an editor by trade, I’ll usually scoff at song titles and band names that are purposely misspelled. However, in my research ahead of SXSW 2015, the Worcestershire musician’s music truly impressed me and enough for me to put him on my must-see list for SXSW 2015. All was well until he broke the news to me that he wasn’t coming to Austin. (Cue sadface.) To my delight though, he’ll be in Leeds to drop his chill, surf guitar-laced, r&b infused tunes. A recent collaboration with London singer Denai Moore on the track suggests he’s poised to be the next big, in-demand, young producer in the UK.

Astronomyy performs at the Hifi at 4:45 PM.

Certainly winning the award for having travelled the furthest for Live at Leeds, Adelaide, Australia band BAD//DREEMS come highly recommended from many Aussies I met in Austin last month. They’re a guitar band with ‘Dumb Ideas’, out to have a good time and they want to bring you along for this loud, raucous ride. Bring marmite, I’m sure they will be wanting some. They also mentioned to me on Twitter about wanting crumbed sausages…I don’t know if Leeds has those but I guess if all else fails, bring some Greggs.

BAD//DREEMS perform at Nation of Shopkeepers at 6 PM.

London soul / electro duo Honne will have a reason to celebrate at the festival – just 2 days after, they’ll be releasing a new EP on their own new record label Tatemae Recordings. EP track ‘Coastal Love’ has already passed 4,500 likes on Hype Machine, and the song follows the already great success of their first track released to the wild, the super sexy ‘Warm on a Cold Night’. Get on this train before it leaves the station without you.

Honne perform at the Hifi at 6:45 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the duo is this way.

In Manchester, the shadows of electronic heroes New Order still haunt music makers, but it’s about bloody time for someone else to bring the city fully into the 21st century. Enter musician/producer Julie Ann Campbell, who records under the name LoneLady presumably to emphasise this is her project and hers alone, because we all know there are some very backward thinking men in this business who think it’s impossible for a woman to do all of this. (Sad, really…) ‘Groove It Out’ is getting a lot of radio airplay at the moment, and deservedly so for its ineffable catchiness and yes, sick groove.

Lonelady performs at Belgrave Music Hall at 7 PM.

Tom Williams
Though he’s more famous for his band of brothers, their “Boat” and the three albums to their name, Tom Williams decided last year during the down time of recording of their third band LP to start writing a new set of songs fit for an acoustic setting and strike out on his own in a new stripped back endeavour. Just released last week, his debut release as a solo artist, the ‘New Guitar’ EP, places the focus back on Williams’ songwriting talent, guitar chords and the rich timbre of his voice.

Tom Williams performs at Leeds College of Music Recital Hall at 10:30 PM. For past coverage on Tom Williams and the Boat, head this way.

New contributor Chris Donnelly’s Live at Leeds 2015 preview with his best band bets will be posting shortly here on TGTF.


(Live at Leeds 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1775: High Hazels

By on Tuesday, 31st March 2015 at 6:00 pm

Things have been quiet on the High Hazels front as of late, but the Sheffield band have released this week a new video of ‘Valencia’, their new single from their self-titled debut album released last year on Heist or Hit Records. (Read John’s review of the 2014 LP here.) Watch the video below.

‘Valencia’ will be released as part of a limited edition CD package hand-painted by the band; the CD will have exclusive b-sides and can be preordered from Rough Trade now ahead of its release on the 27th of April. High Hazels are scheduled to appear at Live at Leeds 2015 on Saturday the 2nd of May.


(Live at Leeds 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1769: Stornoway

By on Monday, 23rd March 2015 at 6:00 pm

Having championed wildlife conservation charities and the teaching of birdsong alongside the more conventional languages French and German, Stornoway are science geeks after my own heart. There isn’t an obvious connection of the lyrics of ‘Get Low’ from their upcoming third album ‘Bonxie’ to flying feathered friends, but their new promo video to go with the song neatly brings things round back to nature. Somehow I doubt they would have hired trained ducks for this shoot, so for the fact alone that their guest stars so gracefully and take to the skies – and by their side – is worth viewing this video alone. Beautiful.

‘Bonxie’ sees the light of day on the 13th of April on Cooking Vinyl. The band’s previously revealed single ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ and ‘Josephine’ in demo form will also both appear on the new LP. The band begin a new UK tour in Southampton on the 21st of April and have also announced a high-profile appearance at Live at Leeds 2015.

Keen on reading past coverage of Stornoway on TGTF? Head this way.


Video of the Moment #1751: Slaves

By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 6:00 pm

The creators of ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’, Slaves are currently on tour with the NME Awards tour and through the middle of next week. One can only assume they enjoy automobiles, as their latest promo for ‘Feed the Mantaray’, shows the pair running away (underwater too) from a stingray who won’t leave them alone. Essentially, this looks like what Spongebob Squarepants would probably turn out to be if left in Isaac and Laurie’s hands. Gotta love lads who don’t take themselves too seriously. Watch it below.

‘Feed the Mantaray’ will appear on the band’s debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’, out the 1st of June on Virgin EMI; pre-order it from their Web site. The duo will be appearing at all three major city festivals in May – Live at Leeds, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City – but for a full list of their upcoming appearances, head to their Facebook.


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.


Stornoway / April and May 2015 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 9:00 am

Oxford band Stornoway have revealed a full April and May 2015 UK tour. This follows on from their previously announced date at London Islington Assembly Hall on the 23rd of April, and their most recent sold out performances at Oxford Sheldonian Theatre in November. All dates below except for the London show will be on sale this Friday, the 12th of December. The band will also be making at appearance at 2015 festival Live at Leeds.

Stornoway’s third album, with a title yet to be revealed, was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Pulled Apart By Horses, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic) and is expected to drop sometime in April 2015. Previous coverage of the band on TGTF is this way.

Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Reading Sub 89
Thursday 23rd April 2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall (already on sale)
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 28th April 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 29th April 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 30th April 2015 – Glasgow Art School
Friday 1st May 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Leeds Town Hall (Live at Leeds)
Wednesday 6th May 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Friday 8th May 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Saturday 16th May 2015 – Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Museums at Night)


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