Sunday, 28 April 2013

Ladies of Live At Leeds 2013


Having attended Live At Leeds for the first time ever last year, I am a fully paid up fan. A seamlessly organised event (no mean feat considering how many venues are involved), it gifted me my first proper live Los Campesinos! experience, introduced me to Rae Morris and Novella and gave me a whistle-stop tour of what has now become my favourite city in the UK. Having been lucky enough to be included on the press list again this year, I have spent the past few days looking at the jam-packed timetable, working out who I want to see. 

This time around, one thing I have noticed about this years Live At Leeds is that there are a LOT of talented females on the bill. Whilst the likes of King Krule, Darwin Deez and Everything Everything have been championed on safetyinsound.com previously, I thought it’d be nice to highlight some of the girls taking part this year.
So without further ado, here are some of my top tips for this years festival. With the likes of Skaters, Wet Nuns and Heart Ships also joining the bill (three of my favourite new bands this year), you’d be hard pressed to find better value for £22.50. Visit liveatleeds.com for more information – I’ll see you next weekend!


Who: AlunaGeorge
What: Hip-pop duo from London. Listen to White Noise
Where: 02 Academy Leeds
When: 8pm, 02 Academy Leeds, 4th May
Why: I’ve been pretty obsessed with this duo for a while, but haven’t had the chance to catch them live. As a 90’s child, it’s ace to hear a group bringing back that straight up pop garage sound with a bit of bite. Like Jessie Ware and disclosure alongside them, they are part of new breed of pop it is ‘okay’ to like.







Who: Laura Mvula
What: Sophisticated soul pop from London. Listen to Green Garden
Where: Leeds Met, The Stage
When: 8.30pm, 4th May
Why: Having fallen in love with her single Green Garden, as well as her super-cool print clashing stage outfits, it’d be great to hear that powerhouse of a voice in the flesh. Boasting a penchant for grandiose but off-kilter production, she is quite unlike anything in the music industry at the moment.







Who: The Staves
What: Gentle indie acoustics from Watford. Listen to Facing West
Where: Holy Trinity Church
When: 10.15pm, 4th May
Why: Made up of three sisters, The Staves harmonies are absolutely beautiful, a link clearly benefiting from their familial tie. Not a million miles away from the cute stylings of that now infamous Match.com advert, but a lot less annoying. Given the seal of approval from everyones favourite folkie Bon Iver, what's not to love?





Who: Melody’s Echo Chamber
What: Multi-instrumented retro-modernism from Paris. Listen to Je Me Perds De Vue
Where: Nation Of Shopkeepers
When: 11pm, 4th May
Why: Having recorded her album with members of Tame Impala, Melody is a child of psychedelia, blending dreamy  keys with driving drums. She should fit right at home in Nation Of Shopkeepers, an achingly cool haunt not too dissimilar to the partisan bars she normally frequents.



Who: Sky Larkin
What: Shoegaze inspired indie from Leeds. Listen to Matador
Where: Leeds Uni Mine
When: 11pm , 4th May
Why: Fresh off the back of touring the world as an extra member of Wild Beasts, Katie Harkin is back to her day job, and it’s well worth catching them before everybody else catches on. Boasting a sound that is somewhere halfway between Joy Formidable and Pavement, expect lots of impressed nodding along from tote bag carrying teens.



Who: Chloe Howl
What: Sassy pop from London. Listen to No Strings
Where: Nation  of Shopkeepers
When: 7pm, 4th May
Why: Aged just 17, it is well worth seeking out this young star. Touted as the younger sister of Kate Nash and Lily Allen, these comparisons do her a disservice – she has a sparkling realism to her lyrics that could only be written by a child of the 90’s.






Who: Wolf Alice
What: Ethereal Grunge from London. Listen to Bros
Where: Leeds Met The Stage
When: 6.30 pm, 4th May
Why: Aged just 17, it is well worth seeking out this young star. Touted as the younger sister of Kate Nash and Lily Allen, these comparisons do her a disservice – she has a sparkling realism to her lyrics that could only be written by a child of the 90’s.










Who: Arlissa
What: Poppy RnB from London. Listen to Sticks And Stones
Where: 02 Academy Leeds
When: 7pm, 4th May
Why: Having only released two singles, one which is a duet with Nas, Arlissa is not messing around. Just 19 years old, she is riding the crest of the wave carved out by Adele in terms of impassioned vocals, with a much more contemporary edge

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