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Festival preview: Live at Leeds 2018


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Forget All Points East, all points are firmly angled to the North on the first May bank holiday extravaganza, Live at Leeds.


The award winning Live at Leeds returns for its twelfth annual offering from Friday 4th - Monday 7th May 2018, showcasing the best of the UK’s rising talents across the cities most reputable venues.

The main event kicks off at 12p.m. on Saturday 5th, when the metropolitan treasure hunt commences. The challenge? To tick off as many of the 200 must-see artists off as possible.

Topping the bill are indie giants The Vaccines, complemented by sunshine soaked stalwarts Peace and Circa Waves. Fresh off the back of their impeccably raucous debut album, Idles are set to bring some fire to the festival, alongside The Horrors, Cabbage, Spring King, Anteros and British Sea Power.

The festival is a pivotal platform for the UK’s emerging talent and this year is no different as LAL has teamed up with Music Glue in securing the most exciting bands the indie scene has to offer. As well as returning one’s-to-watch Blaenavon, Nadine Shah and The Night Café, be sure to catch sets from Avalanche Party and The Van T’s who were specially selected through Music Glue’s apply to play process. There’s no doubt whether the festival has its eye on the ball, with BBC Sound of 2018 nominees Pale Waves, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker and Sam Fender adding further acclaim to the gathering.

It may be a British Bank Holiday, but don’t worry about packing your poncho and wellies. Although venues are yet to be confirmed by the festival, they will be within short walking distance of each other which means limited time spent outside in unpredictable bank holiday weather. If you’re going for the better-known names though, expect to queue a little, so keep this in mind. Going to see a smaller band may pay off in more ways than simply getting to find the next big talent before anyone else does! Of all Live at Leeds’ venues, be sure to check out the prestigious Brudenell Social Club, who are bound to be hosting some of the most intriguing new talents the festival has to offer.

If you’re making a weekend of it; Leeds College of Music and The Wardrobe are hosting an Unconference on Friday 4th May and if you’re not too hungover, LAL Extra Time Charity Football Match will be kicking off on Monday 7th May.

Live at Leeds takes place on Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available here.

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