We kick off our Summer with the fantastic Live At Leeds festival. The city festival hosts a great showcase of new and up-and-coming live music from lots of our favourites including Pale Waves, Superorganism, Ten Tonnes & The Magic Gang. We sent Shock Radio’s Joshua Macey to Leeds to check it out. Here are his thoughts.
Live at Leeds is the multi-venue city wide one day only annual music festival that see’s both the brightest up and coming acts performing alongside some already established acts. I had the pleasure of going along this year on behalf of the SRA’s and Shock Radio to interview some of the amazing talent on show and to see the bands that everyone will be talking about in years to come.
If you’re wanting to discover some of the best new music today then it’s certainly not a festival to be missed as some of the highlight acts playing were names like Cosmo Pyke, Superorganism – the 8 piece pop band who were the first I saw of the day that performed not only some incredibly fun music but put on possibly the most entertaining visual show of the day; The Magic Gang who have made waves this year with their recently-released self-titled debut album – they opened their set with the first song from the album ‘Oh, Saki’ which immediately got people singing, dancing and even moshing along. The Vaccines were the headlining act of the festival, with crowds of people queuing up outside the 02 stage unable to get in as the band filled the room to capacity – they played some of their newer songs from their recent album ‘Combat Sports’ as well as some fan favourites which made the crowd go wild like their hit ‘Dream Lover’.
While these were the highlights for myself, Live at Leeds boasts’ an incredible lineup of over 200 artists, so there’s undoubtedly something at this festival for everyone, and getting to explore the beautiful city on one of the hottest days of the year made the experience all the more better. If you haven’t yet put this festival on your radar I couldn’t recommend you do enough as it’s a fantastic way to kick off the festival season and discover your music for the summer.