You know me. Here at SafetyInSound, I love a good festival. I love a good festival even more when it's on my doorstep, takes in over 100 bands and costs a measly 20 quid. This year I have been lucky enough to receive press accreditation to my very first Live At Leeds festival on the 5th of May, and I couldn't be more excited. Here are the top 5 things I'm looking forward to, and the reasons you should go.
1)Los Campesinos! headline Leeds University Stylus
Yes indeed. After years of near misses, I finally get to see my newest favourite band in the flesh, and in the same room that Wild Beasts filled so impressively back at Constellations Festival in November. A lovely warm up before they take Hello Sadness to Reading and Leeds, expect to see the eight piece in high spirits as they finish their extensive tour. If you see a girl sobbing at the front as they play The Sea Is A Good Place To Look To The Future, it is probably me.
2)The attack of the females
Live At Leeds is the perfect place for a bit of girl power, with Lucy Rose, Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware, Marina & The Diamonds and Ladyhawke all appearing across various venues. Bets are on for who is going to be sporting the fiercest outfit...
3)Visiting new venues!
In my time since I've moved to uni, I've seen a ton of bands in Leeds, but only ever at the Uni, Academy or Cockpit. LAL is the perfect excuse for me to visit The Brudenell Social Club to see Ghostpoet, The Holy Trinity Church to watch Alt-J or The Faversham for Reverend & The Makers.
4)Supporting the local talent
One of the best things about Live At Leeds is that it supports the local scene as much as the established performers. Yorkshire boys Marsicans, Fun Adults and Bearfoot Beware will all be worth a gander now before they break into the mainstream.Being from Hertfordshire, it's great to see my very own The Subways appearing at Cockpit. In a venue that small they're bound to thrive, although if you're planning on getting involved in the moshpit, I suggest from previous experience that you take kneepads.
5)Following the day up with a good old knees up
If Leeds is good for anything, its a night out and Live At Leeds weekend is positively brimming with options. Leeds Academy sees The Enemy and Reverend & The Makers DJiing its weekly Propaganda event, whilst cockpit host the official afterparty that promises good times until 3 in the morning.
If I haven't sold it to you enough yet, I suggest you have a look at the full line up below. Tickets are available from https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/event_page.php?eventID=1859. Go on, you know you want to...