We ventured to Live at Leeds last week to seek out some new sounds for our ears and boy we were not disappointed! Live at Leeds has been up and running for 8 years now. Every year the Festival spreads to different areas of the cities and this means new venues too.
We started our day at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen where we caught Blue Laurel. This Leeds based band sees four friends come together to create some catchy rifts and melodies reminiscent of Wild Beast and Grizzly Bear. Although the band are yet to realize their debut album the set included some newly written material including ’Circles’, which got us really excited for what’s to come.
Next we made our way to the Leeds Met stage. On stage here were another Leeds based band Menace Beach. The room was packed to the rafters, which was no surprise at all. Supporting the likes of Tokyo Police Club this year, good things are coming their way!
Gem of the day it must be said was Fyfe. This was one of those acts I regularly stumble upon at festivals. I’ve heard great things but not actually heard anything, so finding myself in the same room as this act was a great honor indeed. Fyfe played upstairs in The Cockpits smallest room, Room 3. There were only, roughly, 30 people present, most of whom talked throughout the entire performance. Solace (EP) has been played through my speakers everyday since and I think that says it all. If you don’t know this fella get to know and quick!
This year’s festival showcased some of the best talent from home and abroad and as always was a cracking day. More venues meant less queues and that means happy punters. The use of the new arena as the festivals hub, and shows at the Town Hall really made use of what the city has to offer both old and new. Live At Leeds will only continue to grow year upon year and that makes us extremely happy! All in all we had a fabulous time. Cheers LAL!
Words: Hannah Cordingley