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Live At Leeds 2017 Preview

  • Published in Live

There’s always a sense of excitement that comes with the start of a new year; music fans across the country eagerly await the line-ups for summer festivals.  Rumours abound for weeks on who might be making an appearance at the plethora of events which will be taking place up and down the UK (and abroad, if you’re adventurous) - and as the announcements are made, the excitement is heightened by the fact that you can almost reach and and grab the summer season in front of you.

Live at Leeds, held over the first May bank holiday, is always one such event for us.  Perhaps the giddiness is aided by the fact there are not one, but two days off in May; but it’s one festival that guarantees a great day out with a really good mix of music to keep you going.  

In a similar vein to Tramlines and Dot to Dot, Live at Leeds embraces the venues across its city; from tiny underground bars to larger venues like the University of Leeds - and everything in between.  There’s something for every taste and there’s a well-curated list of artists to entertain you through the day, be it an up and coming unsigned act or your favourite Top 40 band.  You can plan your day out to suit your own schedule - hey, you can even stop for a pub lunch and/or kebab on the way round.  

This year is no exception.  Highlights for us include the return of Get Inuit, who we discovered at LAL 2015.  Their infectious guitar pop comes in quick, rather noisy, bursts - in a good way, of course.  Alongside them, Let’s Eat Grandma; we reviewed their debut album last year and would love to see them recreate their mad, whimsical music in a live environment, particularly because so many instruments are involved in each track.  Bigger acts include Jagwar Ma, Gabrielle Aplin and Temples, whilst Slaves, White Lies, Wild Beasts, Nothing But Thieves, and the rather well booked ahead-of-time Rag’n’Bone Man complete the eclectic line-up.

With the last acts on the line-up being announced this week - Frightened Rabbit and  amongst them - you’re now in prime position to make the shortlist of bands you want to see.  Venues and times are still to come, the hardest part now will be working out how many bands you can squeeze into your day.

If the prospect of the main event leaves you wanting more, the festival is sandwiched with two gigs - the Live at Leeds Welcome with Future Islands on Friday 28th April, and Maximo Park close the weekend on Sunday 30th.  You’d be hard pushed to find something you don’t like.

Live at Leeds takes place on Saturday, April 29th. Tickets cost £32.50 and are available at various outlets - check www.liveatleeds.com for more information.


Vant Reveal New Single 'Peace & Love'

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With their biggest headline tour to date on the horizon as well as shows as guests to You Me At Six and Nothing But ThievesVant are stepping up a gear as the year accelerates to a close.

Vant have revealed their new single ‘Peace & Love’ ahead of their November headline tour.

The single comes as the quartet have finished work on their debut album Dumb Blood which will be released on Friday February 17 2017.  

Vocalist/guitarist Mattie Vant said: “We finished writing ‘Peace & Love’ in the wake of the Paris attacks. Atrocities like these are taking place worldwide on a daily basis, but it’s only when something happens so close to home that it truly grabs the full attention of our society.

“We live on a planet that has forgotten what the words ‘Peace & Love’ mean and what they stood for in the 60s and 70s. The power of the peace movement changed the world forever but our unity is starting to slip.

“‘Peace & Love’ have become throwaway words, fashion statements, cheap symbols that have lost their value. We need to reconnect with their true meaning because, more than ever, we are living in a time that really does need ‘Peace & Love’.”

You can watch ‘Peace & Love’ below:


Now available to download and stream, the latest single will also be released on a limited edition red 7” format on Friday November 25.

Upcoming headline shows:


Saturday            November 12      Newcastle, The Cluny – Dr Martens Presents gig

Friday               November 18      Bath, Moles

Sunday             November 20      Leicester, The Scholar

Monday             November 21      York, Fibbers

Wednesday        November 23      Edinburgh, Electric Circus

Thursday           November 24      Glasgow, King Tuts

Friday              November 25      Hebden Bridge, Trades Club

Saturday          November 26      Coventry, Kasbah

Monday            November 28      Brighton, The Haunt

Tuesday            November 29      London, Scala

Wednesday        December 7         Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg

Thursday           December 8         Netherlands Groningen, Vera

Friday               December 9         Netherlands, Tilburg, 013


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