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Preview: Live at Leeds 2014

Sarah Tyler


For the 7th year running the first bank holiday weekend in May will welcome artist from all over the country to perform at the annual Live at Leeds Festival. Bands will be playing across the wide and varied music venues in the city, from acoustic acts in Trinity Church to heavy metal moshing at the Cockpit. The festival is continually growing in popularity, with more internationally acclaimed artists wanting to get a piece of this under the radar limelight. Some of the highlights this year include Clean Bandit, Nina Nesbitt, Snarky Puppy, Kodaline, George Ezra, The Midnight Beast and recently announced Frank Turner.

With a packed out timetable of events scheduling is crucial, which is aided by beer and enthusiasm to get from one side of town to another in under 3 minutes. Although there are so many genre ranging names to choose from, with the majority performing on the Saturday, it is highly recommended to check out local press for promising new artists. Manchester may have firmly put the northern music scene on the map, but Leeds is rapidly becoming the next one to watch in the talent pool. Growing from a bit of roots style project LAL is keen to promote local act with its own Fringe Festival, a non-ticketed event at bars such as Hirsts Yard, Sela Bar and Milo which will be running Saturday afternoon. Alongside this the town hall which is usually reserved for business, politics and the odd wedding, will become a temporary residence for I Like Trains, Lanterns On a Lake and Forward Russia.

Although most of the venues are a stones throw away from the new Trinity retail centre, bank holiday shopping is overrated when you have a whole host of artists on your doorstep . With only indoor venues surrounded by a host of hotels, weather is a bonus but not an issue with enough convenience to make glamping blush. With just two weeks to go the bar is raised high this yet and I’m sure LAL sill surpass our expectations!¬