Our Guide to Live at Leeds 2017 – Our Picks


By Jack

We are just days from Live at Leeds and the hype is real. Year on year the festival has continued to grow, showcasing a range of local talent and headlining acts from all walks of music.

We round off our Live at Leeds 2017 pre-coverage with our own picks for who to see. With over 100 acts to perform, you’ll have to be selective. These are the artists we are most excited for.

Jordan Mackampa

Holy Trinity Church 14:15

Jordan Mackampa is the rare kind of artist who can hold your gaze with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his own haunting, gorgeous voice. Though the hat helps.

We caught him supporting Lewis Watson (he’ll be playing the same stage, just a little later on) and he was a class act. Expect big things from him soon but in the meantime make sure to catch him at the Holy Trinity. Intimate acoustic music at it’s most heart-rending.

Fickle Friends

LUU Refectory 18:45

Fickle by name but not by nature. Their sound has wide appeal and they’ve flirted with Radio 1 listeners through a string of snappy pop singles. The Brighton five-piece rest on that rich seam between pop, nostalgia and guitar music. Comparisons to Catfish & The Bottlemen and the soundtrack to Drive are equally appropriate. Latest single ‘Hello Hello’ is irrepressibly fab.

White Lies

O2 Academy 15:00

After exploding onto the scene in 2008, doomy trio White Lies continue their adventures in indie rock, with a shower of 80s flamboyance here and a blast of post-punk intensity there. The conceptual Big TV was impressive, but recent album Friends may be their best, packed with big choruses and that distinctive ecstasy crossed with despair. They fill an early slot and will surely be a big draw for the afternoon.

October Drift

The Lending Room 20:00

Grungy, psychedelic and scariest of all, hailing from Taunton, October Drift are headed to the Lending Room. They played Leeds just last month so we’re starting to get a bit weirded out actually. However punters will be lucky to catch the four-piece; they have the energy, attitude and bombast to be a massive live draw. With a stage time of 20:00, it’s a perfect opening to the night of the fest.

Rag’n’Bone Man

LUU Refectory 21:45

While there is a wealth of indie sounds and emerging talent on showcase here, he is the act to see. Riding on a massive wave of commercial and critical success from the unlikely mega-hit ‘Human’, Rag’n’Bone Man is the definitive act. Expect a full run down of his Number 1 album Human, maybe with some covers thrown in for good measure.

Live at Leeds 2017 is on 29th April. Tickets here. Read our coverage of the venues and local bands.

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