Held on the first May bank holiday each year, Live at Leeds is a festival in the city centre that brings together a plethora of venues and new music acts.
From Brudenell Social Club on the outskirts, to central venues including the Chapel. You can certainly get your steps in for the day by exploring all of the locations on the Live at Leeds Map.
This year I was invited to Live at Leeds by Dr Martens (I know, dream invitation, right?), who took over Brudenell Social Club with their Boot Room branding.
My Top 5 Music Discoveries at Live at Leeds ’19:
I must admit, I was unfamiliar with a majority of the bands this year. But that just made it a little bit more exciting to discover new music. After listening to the playlist before we went, I knew I’d come away with a few favourites to add to my Spotify listening list.
For fans of:Daughter | Bakar | Cosmo Pyke
Hak Baker is an East London LAD who takes to the stage with just his guitar. Despite a bit of a dodgy past of being in and out of prison, his songs play on his experiences in a beautiful way. His set not only had some amazing numbers within it, but during his trip to Leeds he also spotted a homeless chap called Danny, who he invited to the show. Offering him his hotel room to have a shower and kitting him out with some clobber, Hak made a point of making sure Danny had an awesome time.
For fans of:Basement Jaxx | Hot Chip | Methyl Ethel
Confidence Man are an electro-pop duo from Australia with so much energy I’m not sure how they make it through the day. Glowing boobs, erratic dancing and catchier music than you can shake a stick at. They’re definitely worth checking out if you need a mid-afternoon pick me up on a Monday at work that’s for sure.
The Slow Readers Club
For fans of:Editors | White Lies | Bloc Party
I have a feeling that these guys are going to be the next big indie act to hit the charts. Hailing from Manchester, that we all know is the central hub of indie itself, they definitely capture that Manc sound that so many bands have. With a few albums already under their belt I’m surprised that they aren’t household names already…
For fans of: Lush| Anteros | Royal Blood
I’ve actually seen Black Honey more on social media than I have listened to their music. Being so close to their fans they are more than happy to socialise before and afters shows, which is always refreshing to see! Formed in Brighton in 2014, they’re making waves throughout the UK and beyond.
For fans of:Queens of The Stone Age | Arctic Monkeys | Tame Impala
A trio from Los Angeles that includes Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, Mini Mansions have already collaborated with the likes of Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys and Alison Mossheart. Taking to the Dr Martens Second Stage at Live at Leeds, they provided a sweaty, full throttle experience from start to finish.