Preview: Live At Leeds

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From the 3rd – 6th May, Live at Leeds will be taking over the city to offer a Metropolitan Music Festival put on across a variety of venues,  offering to celebrate a combination of established musicians with upcoming local bands. As students, it doesn’t take much persuasion to ditch the revision and pick up a pint even on an average day. Throw in the words ‘bank holiday weekend’ and suddenly a hint of sunshine demands BBQ panic buying, ‘a few drinks’ becomes a four day hangover, all whilst tumbleweed rolls quietly through the library.

What more could you ask for, then, than a four day music event all, based in the heart of the Leeds?  Not bloody much, that’s what.

Chart –toppers Rudimental (pictured right) will be hitting the city, alongside other headliner acts such as AlunaGeorge, Everything Everything, Darwin Deez, and Laura Mvula. Over 100 bands will perform across the city on the Saturday. One of the greatest attractions to this event is the sheer diversity in the acts involved, offering not only a quality environment to see some of the best current acts, but a chance to discover the talent of local bands.

Rudimental are likely to smash it and really get the crowds moving. Having recently established themselves at the forefront of the music scene, following top hits such as ‘Feel the Love’, ‘Not Giving In’, and ‘Waiting All Night’, which recently reached UK number 1 only to be knocked off by the legendary Daft Punk.

Both AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula are recent runner ups for the Brit Critics’ Choice award. Laura Mvula offers a soulful sound, whilst electro duo AlunaGeorge are sure to put on a good show, following their recent hit with Disclosure, ‘White Noise.’ More music to look forward to includes The 1975, Savages, The Pigeon Detectives, and Little Comets. 

Acts will be hitting the city across a number of venues, such as O2 Academy, The Cockpit, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds University Union, and many more, to give an eclectic musical experience across the city.

Other events such as the ‘unconference’ offering advice on the industry side of music, and a 5-a-side football tournament featuring performing bands will be happening on the 3rd May and the 6th May respectively.

With a Saturday wristband, allowing entry to all Saturday performances, at the advance price as cheap as £22.50, this event is not to be missed.

The full line up and details on tickets can be found at

Lizzie Scourfield

History student at the University of Leeds. I have a special sort of love for Sean Paul and puns.


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