10 must-see acts to catch at Live at Leeds 2015

Live at LeedsYou only need one good reason to head over to Leeds on Saturday as Live At Leeds descends on the city for another year. With access to 200 artists playing across 20 different venues (all accessible with just one wristband), Leeds is definitely the place to be this bank holiday weekend.

Hosting a combination of household names and breakthrough acts, it’s hardly surprising Live At Leeds was the winner of Best Metropolitan Festival in 2014. The festival returns for another year with an equally impressive line up one worthy of giving any music lover a severe headache at the mere thought of trying to figure out how to cram as many bands into the day as possible! Luckily, the nice folks at LAL have organised a handy app featuring a gig schedule so you can plan your day without missing any of your favourite bands.

And because we’re equally as nice over here at A Music Blog, Yea?, we thought we’d also give you a helping hand, here’s our ten must-see acts to catch at #LAL2015.


Sunset Sons

When it comes to discovering new bands, I usually come across them supporting an existing favourite. However, Sunset Sons came as a recommendation from my other half — he knows his stuff so quite simply I had to give them a listen and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. After a few months of listening to these guys on record, I was desperate to catch them live so much so we cheated on Kodaline (sorry again boys!) to do so. Whilst Kodaline played downstairs at The Institute in Birmingham, Sunset Sons played a sold out show upstairs in The Temple performing tracks from their latest EP The Fall Line and a cover of Jamie T’s Sticks and Stones just a few of the many highlights. I may have only seen them live once so far, but I can safely say Sunset Sons are my top pick of bands to catch at #LAL2015 when they play O2 Academy Leeds at 20:15.

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The Mispers

Thanks to their recent support slot on Kodaline’s UK tour, I’ve managed to see The Mispers live a few times already this year and I can’t wait for the weekend to catch them again. Despite being a relatively new band, they’ve already perfected their live set with their unique sound and energetic performances The Mispers are definitely one of the best bands I’ve seen live this year and they will play The Wardrobe at 17:00.

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The Strypes

Do The Strypes ever stop touring? It seems not as they kick off their Flat Out tour in Leicester on Thursday before heading over to play Live At Leeds on Saturday. These boys are one of the most talented bands around it’s been over a year since I watched and listened to their music for the very first time (and I’m still blown away just thinking about their performance). The Strypes play Leeds Uni Union Stylus// Gigwise Stage at 21:00.

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Vyrll Society

Once The Dirty Rivers and for a short time Serotonin, I’m excited to see how the Liverpool boys perform under the guise of Vyrll Society. The band have spent the past year working on this new project, and if promo track Beautiful Faces is anything to go by, their hard work is about to pay off. If you like your rock with a side of pyschadelia, check out Vyrll Society when they play Leeds Uni Union Stylus// Gigwise Stage at 15:45.

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Seafret

I had the pleasure of watching acoustic duo Seafret open for James Bay at Manchester’s Albert Hall earlier this month. Whilst the venue is a perfect setting to watch any artist perform in, it seemed a particularly fitting scene to hear this epically beautiful music being played and it seems the good folk at Live At Leeds had the same idea picking the three hundred year old Georgian church Holy Trinity as the venue of choice for the bands performance at this year’s festival. No doubt, any one lucky enough to hear new track Atlantis live here is in for a real treat. Seafret play Holy Trinity Church // Communion Stage at 20:00.

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Model Aeroplanes

Speaking to AMBY back in late 2013, Model Aeroplanes described their sound as “catchy vocals and roaring guitars”. Having caught them recently supporting Little Comets on tour, I’d say that’s a pretty apt description of their sound. Whilst I’d not heard their music prior to this tour upon entering the venue, it was clear many others had as the room quickly filled with fans eager to see the band perform and what a performance it was “catchy vocals and roaring guitars” indeed! Model Aeroplanes play Leeds Uni Mine at 17:15.

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Compny

My disappointed of Darlia not supporting The Wombats at a show I was attending was soon forgotten when Compny took to the stage at Liverpool Academy recently. As often as possible, I get down to a venue early enough to catch the supporting acts and Compny reminded me why there are so many amazing bands out there just waiting to be discovered. Whilst I know very little about this band, I think their music speaks for itself so rather than trying to find out who they are and where they’re from instead give them a listen and then check them out live for yourself as Compny play Brudenell Social Club Games Room at 21:30.

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Walking On Cars

Irish indie rockers Walking On Cars have a pretty busy summer ahead as they’re playing numerous festivals including LAL, Dot to Dot, T In The Park, Kendal Calling, and Leeds and Reading — no rest for the wicked then or in their case the extremely talented. I first heard of the band last year whilst I was travelling across Ireland and have been keeping tabs on them ever since. They’re scheduled to perform straight after The Mispers, another good reason to check them out, at The Wardrobe at 18:00.

If you simply can’t wait until Saturday you can head over to one of the best venues in town Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Friday night for the Welcome to Live at Leeds Party. Whilst you might need to purchase a separate ticket to attend for just £10 you get a whole host of additional bands to watch including two of our picks to catch at this year’s festival.

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Darlia

It’s fair to say my introduction to Darlia was met with little enthusiasm, but over the course of a week of watching them support The Family Rain I found myself singing along more and more each night. Fast forward a few months to a killer performance at Liverpool Sound City 2014 and the Blackpool lads did more than impress. It’s little wonder they’re now enjoying the success they are. Darlia play Brudenell Social Club // DIY Stage on Friday night.

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The Barmines

Last, but by no means least are Leed’s very own The Barmines. Having played a whole host of venues up and down the country already, this year coupled with the release of single These Days & Nights, the band have generated a real buzz about themselves and their music. No strangers to the Leeds live music scene The Barmines play Brudenell Social Club // DIY Stage on Friday night.

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For more details on the festival including the full line up head over to the festival’s website.

Article by Fi Carroll | @dirtyroknroller

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