LIVE AT LEEDS 2017 // LEEDS CITY CENTRE - 29/04/17

Words by Nico

  • Solid, good value lineup
  • One of the more well-run metropolitan festivals
  • Queues & crammed venues unavoidable
  • See below for: Best Band, One to Watch, Biggest Dissapointment & Most Entertaining

Amidst seas of Doc Martens, Lennon shades and shirts tucked into granddad pants, Leeds was bustling with avid festival goers, keen to get their money’s worth. Live at Leeds, which began a decade ago and cost a mere £32.50 this year didn’t make this difficult - with acts ranging from Brit & Critics’ Choice Award Winner Rag’n’Bone Man to indie heart breakers The Amazons (fresh off the set of Jools Holland last week). One of the more organised metropolitan festivals that I’ve been to, however I did experience the usual problems of excessive queuing, long distances between venues and some bars being used for gigs that probably don't see more that 20 people in them a night. All in all however, LAL have set the bar high for Met festivals this summer. Here’s a round up below:

BEST BAND: DMA'S

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The Burberry-clad Aussie rockers certainly put on a show that woke up the O2 academy. Circle pits and crowd surfers to hits ‘Lay Down’ & ‘Delete’ really were a joy to behold as we awed from the balcony above.

 

ONE TO WATCH: BLACK HONEY

Having had ‘Hello Today’ stuck in my head for the past month or so, I was desperate to catch Brighton-ers Black Honey in the flesh. Reverby electric riffs, catchy melodies and an image straight out of a Tarantino movie, the band have bags of potential. Fronted by charismatic frontwoman Izzy Phillips, it’s surprising that a major label has not yet snapped them up. They also have great merch (I’m not on commission, honest).

 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: FLYTE

Having been a fan of FLYTE after seeing them in 2014 and following them since, I can’t help but feel let down. Omitting hits such as ‘We are the Rain’, ‘Please Eloise’ & ‘Light Me Up’ in favour of playing new songs really was quite irritating - considering that I chose to see them over The Magic Gang who were clashing. The new tracks, which seem to heavily feature acoustic guitar certainly didn’t sound like the FLYTE I know and love. This, combined with their set being cut short and the band admitting that they hadn’t slept all night made me somewhat feel disappointed. They have some making up to do…

 

MOST ENTERTAINING: SLAVES

With a genuinely great live set filled with amusing anecdotes and witty interplay, garage punk duo Isaac and Laurie stole the show. Huge sound from two instruments and a shed-load of effects had me mesmerised from the moment they walked on to The Vengaboys.

 

Photos by Priti Shikotra