If you love great music, sheltered venues and flushing loos, Live at Leeds is the festival for you. Our favourite time of year is coming up this bank holiday weekend (4th of May-Monday May 7th) as some of the best artists out there come to play in the venues we love in our hometown of Leeds. Lianne La Havas, Marina and the Diamonds, the Subways, Jessie Ware, Ladyhawke, Ghostpoet, S.C.U.M, Howler, M O N E Y and Scroobius Pip are just a few of the acts playing all around Leeds on Saturday the 5th of May.

Saturday Line up:

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Here are our top ten picks for Live at Leeds. Stay tuned for our Live at Leeds feature including interviews from Lianne La Havas, Ghostpoet, Friends, and Kyla la Grange.

1)   Lianne La Havas

BBC sound of 2012 nominee Lianne La Havas is one of our favourite soulful storytellers with tales of older men and goodbyes packed with compassion, humour and attitude. Recently touring with Bombay Bicycle Club, we’d advise you take the chance to see La Havas in the Holy Trinity Church for what will be a breathtaking performance.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church

Time: 10 PM

2)   The Subways

With a three hugely successful albums under their belts and a sold out UK tour, these main stage regulars headlining live at Leeds are not one to miss. Expect to see Billy Lunn performing his usual stage antics to end of the festival in a riotous fashion at the Cockpit.

Venue: The Cockpit

Time: 9:15


3)   Jessie Ware

JAM’s obsession with Jessie Ware should have convinced you by now that this young lady is destined for great things but if you need proof for yourself check her out live at the 02 on Saturday. One of our favourite female vocalists out there at the moment, Ware takes influence from the likes of Grace Jones and Chaka Khan and runs with it creating something enchanting. Check out our interview we did with Ware here:

Venue: O2 academy

Time: 4:15 PM

4)   Ghostpoet

The Coventry MC’s debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam made many a list last year with a voice that oozes out raps about Weetabix and KFC. With his fan club already including Mike Skinner from the Streets and Giles Peterson, you’ll be quickly added to the group after an intimate performance at the Brudenell.

Venue: Brudenell Social Club

Time: 11 PM


5)   Friends

Seeing as were not from the States we can ignore all the hipster Brooklyn buzz about Friends and appreciate them for what they truly are. A fun girl-fronted pop group crossing genre lines in a tantalising mix of indie, electronic and pop or put simply, music that makes you want to move.

Venue: Leeds Uni Stylus

Time: 8:30 PM

6)   Kyla la Grange:

Conscious lyrics pertaining to an indie folk band with the voice of a pop songstress, Kyla la Grange could captivate a main stage so grab your chance and see the young woman at the Brudenell.

Venue: Brudenell Social Club

Time: 8 PM

7)   Nikki and the Dove

We’ve got a lot of love for Swedish talent and Nikki and the Dove is no exception. Set on breaking the boundaries of Pop music, this duo injects electronic sounds and distinctive vocals on to tracks designed to make you succumb to their obscure genre.

Venue: 02 Academy

Time: 5:15


8)   Adult Jazz

The Leeds based trio like to keep things mysterious keeping information to a minimum online but that’s not to say this band is not worth your time. Far from it, Adult Jazz are a Leeds based band combining electronic, jazz and hip hop to create something weirdly wonderful for those of you brave enough to try something new.

Venue: Cockpit

Time: 5 PM

9)   Scroobius Pip

The legendary spoken word act Scroobius Pip at the Wardrobe will be a powerful performance to say the least. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words so with these thousand words I’ll paint a picture in your mind that breaks the rule of thirds.” The tough decision here will be whether to listen to the lyrical ramblings of Scroobius or Ghost Poet’s modern day lullabies. We’ll leave the decision up to you.

Venue: The Wardrobe

Time: 11 PM

10) M O N E Y 

We haven’t seen them live yet but join us in exploring the music and psyche of MONEY a band from Manchester whose bewitching voices give light to harrowing ideas about life, death and purgatory.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church

Time: 1 PM

However, don’t wait until Saturday to get the most of your tickets as The Unconference takes place on Friday from 10am-7pm at the Munro House. If you are interested in the music industry, discussions and seminars will be taking place all day from a host of music industry professionals ready to help you with your queries, whether it is the marketing promotion of your music or how to be the next Elton John. King Charles will be opening the festival on Friday night at The Cockpit from 7pm and then it is all go from there.

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Saturday is the main event but seeing as Live at Leeds wants to wallow with you they’ve arranged a special hangover day at Brudenell Social Club on Sunday with performances from the Matadors, the McGowans and for those with a little spark left in them, the Reacharounds from 5 30 pm.

Finally Monday sees the Live at Leeds 5-a-side football tournament at Goals on Kirkstall Road with a bunch of bands trying to kick a ball (got to be worth a watch) and another hangover day at the Brudenell.

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