Live at Leeds’ reputation has grown year on year, and lately, so has the recognition of its forward-thinking approach to booking acts. Last year’s event saw them win the award for Best Festival for Emerging Talent, which is impressive, but more significantly, a whole host of appearing artists broke through with outstanding new releases, including ‘Joy As an Act of Resistance’ from L@L2018 standouts Idles, while 2017 saw Royal Blood kill it with a mid-afternoon set having been booked while on the cusp of the big time. This is pretty much the story of Live at Leeds: it wasn’t so long ago that there were queues around the block to see Toy play the 150-capacity A Nation of Shopkeepers at lunchtime.
This year’s lineup is an instant classic: Dream Wife, Drenge, Fatherson, Sam Fender, Gengahr, Goat Girl, Metronomy, Mini Mansions, The Sherlocks, Slow Readers Club, Swim Deep, plus local movers The Golden Age of TV all leap out of the listings as notable features on an impressive lineup of established and hotly-tipped artists.
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The inclusion of Kate Tempest, who slayed Glastonbury last year with her politically-charged spoken word performance, on the bill is an interesting one, and hints at a further broadening of the festival’s scope.
But for every act you’ve heard of, there are a dozen you won’t have – but can be sure that a large percentage of them will have scaled new heights before the year’s out.
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