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May 2018

Live at Leeds 2018

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Live at Leeds festival takes place across the city this Saturday with a fantastic selection of new artists, alongside more well-known acts. Since starting in 2007, the festival has built a reputation on booking the best emerging artists alongside more established acts from around the world. And this year is no different. Here KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes picks some highlights for what promises to be a very busy but good day for a music lover…

GET CAPE, WEAR CAPE, FLY – 12noon @ The Key Club

We have been fans of Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape Wear Cape Fly for over a decade here at KVH Studios and he’s back with some new music this year. He will be one of the first acts on stage at the festival.

SUPERORGANISM – 2.45pm @ The Independent Stage – Stylus

A new for group made up of a vast array of musicians from all around the world, described by the NME as 2017’s buzziest, and most mysterious new band, They released their debut album earlier this year.

PEACE – 3.15pm @ Leeds Festival Stage, O2 Academy

Nearly four years ago, this band released the anthem that is Lovesick, and everyone took notice. Album number three Kindness is out the day before their show on the 5th May.

NICK J D HODGSON – 5:30pm @ Dork Stage, Church

Former Kaiser Chief Nick left the band in 2012 and spent his time writing & producing for other artists including Mark Ronson, John Newman & Hurts. Now he steps back in to the spotlight with some great tunes.

THE MAGIC GANG – 7.15pm @ Leeds Festival Stage, O2 Academy

This band have produced a debut album jam packed with great tunes, mixing Weezer and the Beach Boys. I kid you not.

We are now getting to the business end of the evening, with headliners The Vaccines on stage @ Leeds Festival Stage, O2 Academy from 9.00, Nadine Shah will be performing in the majestic surroundings of the CLASH Stage at the Holy Trinity Church from 9.30 while the Horrors will be doing the same at Dork Stage, Church, however…..

BRUNO MAJOR 11.00pm @ NME Stage, Headrow House

If you want to experience one of the most talented artists at the whole event, then get to Headrow House nice and early, because I suspect that this is going to be a busy one. If you haven’t heard Bruno’s music, you are really missing out, believe me. Blissful, soulful, romantic and the perfect cure for any matters of the heart are how Billboard described this amazing artist.

PALE WAVES 11.15pm @ DIY Stage Brudenell Social Club

One of the most hotly tipped bands of the 12 months draw things to a close, fittingly in one of the best venues in the North. Dreamy danceable indie pop with a small melancholic twist say some, I say just great tunes by a great new band.

There you go, just a small selection of the music on offer from 12noon on Saturday. If you are heading to the festival, wristband collection opens on Friday 4th May (Physical and e-tickets ONLY) at TRINITY KITCHEN from 4pm-8pm or THE WARDROBE, (St Peters Square) from 4pm-8pm. On Saturday 5th May with tickets already, head to Leeds College of Music or if you are collecting tickets, box office collections from The Wardrobe (St Peters Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH) from 9am- 6pm.

And don’t forget to download the official Live at Leeds App to get all details of the festival, stage times etc. It’s available for both Apple and Android.

Enjoy the music!