Live Review: Live at Leeds 2017
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Now in its eleventh year, Live At Leeds is one of the north's most recognisable inner-city festivals. With acts such as Rag'n'Bone Man, Slaves and White Lies playing across 22 stages dotted throughout various venues in Leeds all day, creating a schedule with no heart-wrenching clashes was an arduous pain - but resulted in a day packed with great music. We began on a high with one of my current favourites, KYKO, drenching the early afternoon in sun-kissed trop-pop. Situated in Belgrave's upstairs venue, the room felt packed wall-to-wall with new and older fans bopping their heads along to the beat. The generally younger crowd sang along to well known tunes such as 'Animals' and 'Native as KYKO and his band grinned ear to ear throughout their set.'. With music you can't help but dance to, this set the perfect, optimistic start to the day. Heading back through town to Leeds Beckett University, Bridlington-born duo Seafret put on an unreal performance. It's clear to see that lead singer Jack Sedman puts his entire soul into every lyric, his heart pouring out his mouth and bursting through his chest as he sang passionately. Accompanied by a single guitar played by his ingenious multi-instrumentalist band mate Harry Draper, the set was raw, stripped back, yet the crowd were hanging onto every word. Making cheeky jokes between songs to keep spirits high, there was an even balance of act-to-crowd rapport and the ability to get completely lost within a song. It was everything you feel acoustic music should be. A couple of jagerbombs and double gins down (I mean, day drinking is the secondary purpose of one-day music festivals right?), we caught the end of Marsicans set at Leeds University Stylus.
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