I am unfortunately not gonna be at Live at Leeds this year as I am on holiday but I still want to do a feature about it as I love the event and the line-up this year is as good as ever. Here is my top 10 bands to see at the festival.
1. Anna Calvi
Holy Trinity Church 10:00pm
I have to admit that even though I’m not gonna be their the prospect of Anna Calvi playing in a church makes me very excited. Headlining the Holy Trinity Church where I have seem Alessi’s Ark, Johnny Flynn and Blue Roses play before, this is undoubtedly one not to miss. But get their early, its not the biggest of venues and its guaranteed to fill up.
2. Marcus Foster
Holy Trinity Church 3:00pm
Also playing in the Holy Trinity, Marcus Foster’s set is guaranteed to be the hidden treat of the festival. After seeing him a few weeks ago at Hoxton Bar and Grill, I am positive he has some incredible things coming and I would catch him live in venues like this while you can.
A Nation of Shopkeepers 6:00pm
Alpines describe their music as ‘Night Pop’ and have been causing blogging waves for a while now will play Nation of Shopkeepers at 6pm. There music is infectiously good and although they could be compared to Beach House, La Roux or Portishead, they are ultimately something quite unique and I predict massive things for them.
4. Slow Club
Leeds University Stylus 7:30pm
One thing thats guaranteed from a Slow Club show is that you are going to have a good time. Everything else is up in the air. Comedy, acoustic sets, Christmas songs, and collapsing equipment have all been present when I have seen them play in the past, but all in the best spirit. They are a brilliant band, really underrated.
5. Saint Saviour
O2 Academy- 4:00pm
Saint Saviour has a gorgeous voice, quirky songs and is altogether not getting the attention she deserves. She has previously sung with Groove Armada and her energetic performances caught a lot of attention, she has released solo EP ‘Anatomy’ and its properly stunning.
6. Lanterns on the Lake
Holy Trinity Church 5:00pm
Long, long ago Lanterns on the Lake were my New Treat after front woman Hazel sent me some of their music to listen to. They have since done incredibly well and are now signed to the beautiful Bella Union label. I predict an album is on the horizon and with a voice like velvet and sparse and interesting arrangements, its likely to be very good.
7. Cloud Control
Holy Trinity Church 4:00pm
Aussie folk-rock band Cloud Control make really interesting, incredibly summery music and in a church its going to sound beautiful. I haven’t written enough about this band but that really should change!
8. Sam Airey
Holy Trinity Church 2:00pm
Everyone from Leeds will know of Sam Airey, he seems to be everywhere, play everywhere and support everyone. He is also bloody brilliant and a real treasure of the city. He has played Live at Leeds every year for a few years now and its always a packed room, this year he has been boosted up to the Holy Trinity Church which will be stunning. Check out his EP ‘The Oak Tree’ too, stunning listen.
O2 Academy 6:30pm
With a sound not a million miles away from Treetop Flyers, Kassidy made 70’s infused folk rock with a catchy pop edge.
10. James Blake
O2 Academy 5:00pm
James Blake has wowed me with covers of Feist and Joni Mitchell and I’ve heard he is pretty good live too. With a crystal clear voice and music which which mixes dubstep with Bon Iver calmness, he has big things predicted for him.
Hope everyone who is going enjoys the day! It’s a brilliant event, so get yourselves tickets if you haven’t already! Click here to see the full schedule for the day.