The First Announcement
Absolute metropolitan festival royalty, Live at Leeds has this week, announced its first wave of acts for the 2017 event. Announcing over 30 acts, they’ve certainly been busy getting a whole range of high calibre musical acts to wow people up and down the country.
Taking place on 29th April 2017, the festival will be hosted in a multitude of venues, spread out across Leeds’ city centre. Live at Leeds has quite the reputation for getting acts that are destined for greatness and, by the looks of it, this year doesn’t seem to be any different.
The first announcement has revealed bands who are both returning to the festival and those who will be performing there for the first time, but all are each of the same quality, in their own right. Slaves are returning after ‘that’ headline show back in 2015, as will Wild Beasts, who were last included on the line up a massive seven years ago. But, then there’s some mighty LAL newcomers who are undoubtedly deserving of their inclusion, Black Honey, The Magic Gang, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Amazons, The Big Moon, Jagwa Ma, Jaws and more, it’s set to be one incredible day (let’s not think about all those possible clashes just yet, ehy?)
Further down the lineup and the quality doesn’t falter either… So, to help whet your appetites before the next line up announcement, we thought we’d do our part in breaking down some specific highlights of the side of the lineup that’s even more new and exciting than those previously mentioned, do some introductions and give you an excuse to listen to some great tracks at the same time! (You’re welcome!)
The Bay Rays
The punk-infused, garage-rock trio The Bay Rays have been adding an element of chaos to their music so far, as you can see in ‘New Home’ (above), they are 100mph, but yet that’s not in any way a bad thing. They’ve had a pretty promising year, with some heavy backing from none other than Huw Stephens, so by the time April comes around, you’ll definitely want to be catching these guys play.
London’s Nilufer Yanya has astounded everyone with her mature lyrical content and generally impressive creative song-writing abilities. Her music, like what can be seen above with ‘Small Crimes’ is minimalist, yet incredibly strong and powerful. There’s a certain emotive depth to Yanya’s music that deserves attention, which is exactly what we’re sure she’ll get plenty of next year at Live at Leeds.
Indie newcomers from Bradford have been adding – what are more conventionally heavier sounds – to the standard indie sound. Resulting in some heavy, infectious guitar riffs and melodies that will embed themselves in your brains in little to no time at all.
At first glance at the above video and track, the stylings might slightly remind you of a certain Rat Boy… well, funnily enough Connar Ridd aka FREAK actually went to school with Jordan AKA Rat Boy. Small world, huh? That said, Connar is definitely forming his own path, a slightly heavier path, that’s seeing him combine rock, metal, hip-hop and more, interesting, right?
2016 has certainly been a busy one for Bath’s Bad Sounds, the latter half of the year saw them cross over a line gaining some much deserved support from the likes of Annie Mac on Radio 1, ‘Wages’ (above) was actually debuted to the world as Annie’s Hottest Record in the World. They’ve also completed, what we imagine, has been a pretty vital support slow on tour with Rat Boy. We don’t imagine they’re looking to slow down any time soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more bangers from them between now and April…