Live At Leeds 2018 – ones to watch

Kicking off 2018’s festival season, Live at Leeds is back for another year with another incredible line-up. With less than a week to go, we’ve selected a handful of hot acts for you. Take note!

Live at Leeds takes place on Saturday 5th May across multiple venues around the city centre including Headrow House, Lending Room, Holy Trinity Church, Stylus, The Wardrobe and O2 Academy.


Circa Waves

Kieran Shudall deserves a massive pat on the back for successfully forming indie rock band Circa Waves – The Liverpool based band started small streaming videos online, to then signing with independent London label Transgressive (managing the likes of Foals, Bloc Party, Hippo Campus) and topped things off nicely then signing with Virgin Records.

Their debut single Get Away/Good For Me was released in 2013 quickly followed by their first EP, and the boys went on to tour with The 1975 before releasing their debut album. ‘Young Chasers’ became a huge success with a catchy, upbeat track list including ‘Stuck in My Teeth’ (which Zane Lowe declared as ‘hottest record in the world’) and huge hit ‘T-Shirt Weather’.

2017 saw the release of their second album ‘Different Creatures’, which includes tracks ‘Love’s Run Out’ ‘Crying Shame’ and ‘Fire That Burns’ – an appealing variation of slow, melodic and guitar heavy tracks – Circa Waves have 100% stepped up their game and are back for another festival season to take over this year’s stages. As well as Live at Leeds this Saturday (Stylus at 10.15pm), you can catch them over the Summer at Neighbourhood Weekender, Isle Of Wight, Community and Y Not Festival.

Dermot Kennedy

Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy produces pure, intense, heartfelt tracks with his significant lyrical content and a variation of beautiful sounds within his music such as guitar and piano. His lyrics explore the topics of love, loss, joy and pain and his EP’s cover an incredible track list including, ‘All My Friends’, ‘Moments Passed’, ‘Glory’, ‘After Rain’ and recent release ‘Young & Free’.

With almost 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify and the release of another EP ‘Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy’, it’s no wonder it’s been a whirlwind for Dermot Kennedy. This one will give you goose bumps. Don’t miss him at O2 Academy on Saturday at 6pm.


Relatively new to the music scene, quirky Edinburgh newbies Vistas have spent the previous two years since forming releasing a range of tracks along with their first EP, Medicine, and have played shows alongside The View and Clean Cut Kid. Popular tracks include ‘Retrospect’, ‘Sign Language’ and most recent release ‘Feel Alive’. Their feel-good indie rock vibe is guaranteed to make you feel happy! Make sure you catch them on Saturday at 7pm at the Trinity Stage.

Hollow Coves

Indie folk duo Hollow Coves capture fans with their reflective, dreamy acoustic riffs and melodic vocals. Aussie based Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins have developed that enchanting sound that lets you easily escape to somewhere beautiful. Their songs heavily reflect their life experiences, strongly focusing on their travels and relationships. Last year we saw the release of their first album, Wanderlust, which includes tracks ‘The Woods’ ‘Home’ ‘We Will Run’ and ‘Coastline’. For some serious Saturday afternoon chills, you can find Hollow Coves at the Spiegeltent at 4pm. You can also catch them playing shows across the UK including Great Escape Festival and Bushstock Festival.

The Night Café

Best known for singles ‘Addicted’ ‘Mixed Signals’ and ‘Felicity’, The Night Café’s alternative indie vibe is increasingly atmospheric and easy to listen to; a mix of upbeat guitar riffs and definitive vocals, the Liverpool boys have created an album that’s optimistic and relatable. As well as a headline tour, they’re due to play loads of UK festivals this Summer including Sound City, The Great Escape, Neighbourhood Weekender, Bingley Festival and Reading & Leeds. Watch them first on the Independent Stage at Stylus on Saturday! They’ll be playing a 45 minute set for you from 5pm.

Across the day we also see sets from singer-songwriter Ten Tonnes, established indie rockers Peace and Relentless’ Tom Walker, who’s burst back into the music scene with his most recent single ‘Leave a Light On’.  We’ll also see The Vaccines play the O2 Academy following the release of their fourth studio album, Combat Sports.