With just under three weeks to go, the award-winning Metropolitan festival Live at Leeds is almost upon us. Championed for their showcase of new music; this year’s line-up is no exception, with an epic range of artists and bands playing across the day.
If you’re not sure where to start on this glorious line-up, check out our top picks.
Having been recently snapped up by Heavenly Recordings, Halifax trio The Orielles are making seriously big waves right now. Their first single released on the independent London label, Sugar Tastes Like Salt, is eight minutes of psych-pop goodness; a delightful, yet trippy fusion of ethereal vocals, psychedelic guitar lines and frenzied beats. Known for putting on one hell of a show, you’d be crazy to miss them.
Rising London-based singer, songwriter and producer Laurel is one of those artists that you could listen to forever and never tire of. Since her first EP back in 2014, she’s been likened to an array of artists – Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch and Lorde – but what sets her apart from the others, is her ability to produce her melancholic melodies by herself, DIY style. Catch her stunning set at Holy Trinity Church in the evening of Live at Leeds.
Brighton quartet High Tyde are no strangers to the music scene. Having played major festivals and supported widely-known bands including Little Comets and Peace, they’re the rising band that everyone is talking about. Armed with an array of feel-good indie-pop tunes that you don’t actually mind having stuck in your head, they’re the perfect group to become obsessed with over the summer, starting at the Leeds all-dayer.
Dark pop/alt rock four-piece Yonaka are one band you won’t want to miss at Live at Leeds this year. Having just signed to major label Asylum/Atlantic Records and playing a support slot on the sold out Frank Carter and the Rattle Snakes tour, it’s just the beginning for the Brighton band. Dark and brooding melodies, paired with fierce lead vocals from front woman Theresa, makes for an electrifying set. You can catch them at When The Gramophone Rings stage later in the afternoon.
Words by Georgia Litherland // @GeorgiaAlannahL