Festival Preview: Live At Leeds 2019
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Festivals: mud, luke-warm beverages and rain-ponchos, right? Think again. The Metropolitan festival exists on solid concrete.
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West Yorkshire’s biggest metropolitan festival, Live At Leeds, returns for its eleventh year on the May bank holiday, offering a line up packed with 200 artists from heavy hitting names to the next big things. Spread over 20 eclectic venues across Leeds City Centre, Live At Leeds will open up a new world of music.
This year the glitterball indie of Sundara Karma, 2018’s biggest discovery Tom Grennan and the swaggering neon-pop of Metronomy take the reins of the lineup. The BBC Sound of 2019 nominees Sea Girls also make an appearance, as well as Dream Wife, Black Honey, Goat Girl and Swim Deep.
And if you’re looking for new artists, sonically there’s a mixed bag to dip your hand into. From Dublin rapper Kojaque and his soft-boy collective, the angelic folk-pop of singer-songwriter Beabadoobee, (who is barely out of school by the way) and the brooding post-punk of The Murder Capital.
Over 10,000 music fans are expected to be flitting around the city. Though venues are yet to be confirmed, last year included everywhere from Hyde Park Book Club to Belgrave Music Hall; so be prepared for some tasty food and beverages from the city's independent darlings.
If you fancy a career in the music industry, make sure you head down to The Unconference, the largest free music industry event in the North of England - a day of panels, workshops, presentations and networking. This year will see panels from the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and PRS Foundation, which will be covering subjects such as how to best release new music, the live music industry and how to find the best artist development opportunities.
At just £38 per ticket, Live At Leeds is a cheap and flexible way to discover new music, without the commitment to the indecisive weather conditions and remote locations.
Live at Leeds takes place on Saturday 4th May. Tickets are available here.