Live at Leeds returns to Leeds city centre on the 4th of May, boasting a huge line up that may have you green with envy if you can’t make it. In previous years, Live at Leeds has hosted the likes of Peace, Circa Waves, Bastille and The 1975 which are all now forces to be reckoned with in the industry – how could they top this? Well, this year, the line-up shows off the unsigned and the award-winning. From Leeds own indie rockers Marsicans, to BRITs 2019 critics’ choice award winner Sam Fender, to the likes of Cavetown who found his music fame on YouTube. This year’s line-up is incredibly diverse. Headlining are also the likes of Goat Girl, a grungy four-piece all-girl band from South London and Black Honey, an alt-rock group fronted by the incredibly talented Izzy Baxter Phillips – all featuring incredibly talented women at both ends of the indie-rock spectrum.

Live at Leeds is perfect for those who adore the atmosphere of a traditional weekend, and sometimes week-long festival, but would rather spend their time a bit closer to home, would rather not camp in a muddy field and not live in fear that their tent may collapse in the middle of the night. Live at Leeds brings the city centre’s live music venues to life for one day only, and promises to entertain even the ficklest of music fans. The list of venues for this year’s festival has not yet been released, but if previous years are anything to go by – we will see the likes of iconic venues such as Church, The Wardrobe and Stylus open to festival goers all day long. These venues, and more, have previously hosted many Live at Leeds headliners and bands that have been announced so far, so Leeds city centre shouldn’t be too daunting!

Making a trip across the border for this one-day party are the likes of Scottish indie-rockers Dancing on Tables – who recently did their first tour outside of Scotland, and are jumping back in to do a few festivals on the circuit. Also making a trip up the M1 are punk-rockers BILK, who we saw support Sheffield locals The Seamonsters back in September – and did they leave an impression! Finally making their first festival appearance since they went on hiatus, is punk-rock band VANT. Fronted by their namesake Mattie Vant, they recently came back with their new single, and surprised fans with the electronically-influenced Propaganda Machine and the slow-paced Thank Lucifer. 

Live at Leeds 2019 is set to be one to remember, with huge artists headlining like Sundara Karma (who also headlined the likes of Community Festival in London, and Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester last year), and The Sherlocks (who have supported the likes of The libertines and Liam Gallagher). We hope to see you there!

Photo & Words by: Amelia Jones