As 2018 festival season draws ever closer, Live At Leeds is once again standing as the ultimate destination to hear the very best in new music and stunning live favourites - adding a huge raft of names from across the musical landscape.
One of the most acclaimed new guitar bands of recent times, The Magic Gang have become unrivalled leaders of soaring indie anthems. Triggering singalongs no matter where they go, the Brighton natives have burst their way into hearts with the likes of ‘Alright’, ‘All This Way’ and ‘Jasmine’ as a band born for huge live moments. With their debut album set to emerge this year, their appearance at Live At Leeds is primed to be the crowning of future indie royalty, and sure to be one of the most talked about sets of the day.
Speaking about joining the bill, The Magic Gang said:
“Can’t wait for Live at Leeds! Last year’s show at Church was one of our favourites from 2017, ur always bringing it Leeds.”
Not only bringing the essential sounds for the year ahead to the city, but also championing the thriving music scene that flows through its streets, Live At Leeds 2018 sees one of its adored favourites return in the shape of Pulled Apart By Horses. Packed with a menacing punch of garage-rock fever, they’ve become renowned for adrenaline-fused live shows and an uncompromising ability to have crowds in the palm of their hands in no time. With 2018 marking 10 years together as a band, expect Pulled Apart By Horses set at Live At Leeds 2018 to be nothing short of unmissable. With equally huge choruses to boot, 90s heroes Ash are sure to bring a tour-de-force of infectious hits from across their storied career. Expect ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Shining Light’ to erupt crowds when their phenomenal live show rolls into Live At Leeds 2018. Speaking about the Live At Leeds 2018, Pulled Apart By Horses told us:
“We’ve haven’t played LAL for a few years now and it’s been going from strength to strength since we last appeared on the bill. It made sense to come back to it this year though. We’re always buzzing to be part of it and nothing beats a good old hometown show. Roll on May!”
Packed with thrilling new names, Live At Leeds is a coming together of the most anticipated emerging talent you’ll be hearing talked about again and again in 2018 and beyond. Bound for a huge year ahead, Ten Tonnes will bring his vibrant and punchy garage hooks to the city, likewise Liverpool’s own Louis Berry is set for a defining Live At Leeds moment when his rockabilly charms take over the city, with London’s alt-guitar buzzers Sorry set to continue their talked-about rise with a set that pushes the boundaries of what a guitar band can be in 2018. Frantic energy and glorious pandemonium are guaranteed with Doncaster’s Yungblud, swooning dream-pop will light the way with Her’s and the eclectic musical blendings of Alaskalaska will leave your jaw firmly on the floor - all serving up invigorating and talked-about sets from bands truly thriving in original flavours. Hatchie a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Australia, Hatchie instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song. She told us "I spent my 21st birthday watching bands at Live at Leeds a couple of years ago so I’m super excited to be heading back this May to play our first UK show!”
These names join an already stunning bill leading the way in new music and future superstars, from returning game-changers such as Circa Waves, Peace and The Horrors to trailblazing new favourites such as Pale Waves, Blaenavon, Spring King, Anteros, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Sam Fender, Will Heard, Grace Carter, Boy Azooga, whenyoung, Bloxx and many more - Live At Leeds is the celebration of new music that 2018 needs, and the first place to hear the essential sounds it has to offer.
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After the sold-out success of 2017, Live At Leeds is set to return on May 5th 2018 once again bringing the most exciting names and sounds to the city for a true coming together of the best in new music.
The starting gates of the summer festival season, Live At Leeds has become a go-to destination to see the artists that’ll be making their mark in the months and years ahead. Guaranteed to provide festival-goers their next favourite band, the multi-venue event has previously played host to the likes of The 1975, Bastille, James Blake, Years & Years, Rudimental, Stormzy, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and more on their way to global acclaim.
Leading the way in 2018 are some of the most exciting British bands of recent times, continuing their unprecedented journeys to the top. Peace are a true revolution, taking 90s soaked guitar-pop to glorious heights each and every time they step on stage. Since emerging out of the B-Town scene in Birmingham, they’ve played some of the biggest stages in the world, capturing the sound of a generation with debut album ‘In Love’ and then again on follow-up ‘Happy People’. Signalling their hotly anticipated return in 2018, expect their set at Live At Leeds to be an eruptive call to arms of where the revolution goes next.
Returning with a bang, Circa Waves are a band born for those moments when thousands sing along and throw themselves into every note. Lead by the dynamic Kieran Shuddall, second album ‘Different Creatures’ landed earlier this year, laying down their ambitions with a dangerous and powerful collection of tracks that signalled their next step. With favourites such as ‘T-Shirt Weather’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘Stuck In My Teeth’, ‘Fire That Burns’ and ‘Young Chasers’ bound to go off in fevered frenzy, the indie-kings will be proving their crown at Live At Leeds this year.
Renowned for shape-shifting and reinvention, The Horrors are a band in their prime. Since forming in 2005, their every move has been captivating - jumping from the rawness of debut album ‘Strange House’ to famed classic ‘Primary Colours’ to the panoramic prowess of ‘Skying’ and the bristling pop-climbs of ‘Luminous’, they’re a band that can’t be pinned down. Their latest album ‘V’ received vast critical acclaim when released, standing as one of the albums of 2017. With a ferocious and visceral live-show to boot, The Horrors are an essential band of our times, and a must-watch at Live At Leeds.
Unparalleled when it comes to hosting the future global superstars across Leeds City Centre, this year is no different at Live At Leeds - with the revered BBC Sound Of… list heavily represented at the festival. No new band may be bigger than Pale Waves, who’ve become the most talked-about emerging act on the planet with just three singles released into the world. Combining sublime pop hooks with a 1975-esque knack for shimmering darkness, they’ve already garnered a devoted and loyal following. With magazine covers, sold-out shows and more already streaming from them - Pale Waves are a sensation that’ll be reaching fever-pitch by the time Live At Leeds comes around. Likewise also set for a mammoth 2018 are fellow ‘Sound Of…’ picks Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi. Writing emotional tales of life and love, Tom Walker has seen the globe over the past year, with TV appearances, devoted evenings of adoration and over 70 millions streams to his name. Expect him to be on the verge of chart dominance by the time Live At Leeds opens its doors . Scotland’s Lewis Capaldi has seen plaudits and 2018 nods flowing in all directions. Delicately raw, he’s been taken into the hearts of the nation - with a sold out tour set to round out 2017 in style. 2018 is primed to be the year Lewis Capaldi goes big, following on from his slot at Live At Leeds’ Ones To Watch event in November - where he was joined on the bill by Sam Fender, also announced for Live At Leeds 2018. With a gritty melodic heart, he’s destined to become a crowd favourite thousands will sing along with, building on his early releases and into the new year. Live At Leeds once again has its finger firmly on the pulse of the new music world, with the most exciting names going heading to Leeds city centre in 2018.