LIVE AT LEEDS LAUNCH LINE-UP: REVIEW 06/02/17 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now in its tenth year, Live at Leeds, is back and better than ever. The festival began in 2007 with the premise of showcasing the best emerging talents alongside established artists from around the world. It takes place within various venues and spaces across the city. On Tuesday 31st January I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party at the Wardrobe in Leeds to find out which bands would be added to the line-up of this years’ festival. Headlining the announcement were: Rag N Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves, DMA’s, The Hunna, Gabrille Alpin, Temples, The Moonlandingz, Clean Cut Kid, and Honeyblood. Alongside these is a number of stellar upcoming talents from Leeds, including psychedelic four piece FLING, post- punk band, Dead Naked Hippies, and Furr. During the event Leeds based bands Howl and Heir performed stripped down performances for the crowd of industry professionals. Howl, who previously used the alias NGOD, played a medley of acoustic songs, which worked well in the ambient surroundings of the small bar. The set was soulful and funky at times, yet light in others. An eclectic performance showcased their many talents, proving they are ones to watch at this year’s festival. Alt-pop band Heir were the second band to play a half hour long set of songs. Reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s acoustic pop style, the band were a pleasure to watch within the setting, with a backdrop of fairy lights adorning the glass walls. With over 100 incredible acts playing the one day festival for just £32.50 a ticket it’s well worth a visit to catch the city’s quickly emerging talents. Live music is due to take place throughout the bank holiday weekend, with Saturday 29th April being the main day to catch breakthrough acts.



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