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The Best of Yorkshire’s Summer Music

Anyone from Leeds can tell you that our music scene is thriving. Boasting venues such as The O2 Academy, The First Direct Arena, Brudenell Social Club, The Faversham and the University unions to name a few, Leeds is already storming 2017 with the very best that live music has to offer. As the evenings get lighter and longer, and the sun makes a rare appearance over God’s Own County, and we’re turning our attention to festival season. Luckily for all us Yorkshire folk, Leeds is bringing us some of the greatest live music events right to our doorstep, so check out how you can experience the best of festival life, without travelling too far away from your shower and a flushing loo!

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Kicking off festival season comes our very own Live at Leeds. The award-winning festival has cultivated a hard-earned reputation of bringing together the hottest, most talented ‘next big things’ in music. Who can forget that just five years ago The Cockpit (RIP) played host to chart stormer Ed Sheeran with an
audience of just 100 people, and the Holy Trinity Church brought us British favourite Sam Smith just three years ago.

Since 2007, Live at Leeds has consistently brought us the very best of music, and 2017 is set to be no different. Featuring Leeds’ own and Live at Leeds regulars The Pigeon Detectives (read our exclusive interview here!), the event is offering festival goers a fantastic opportunity to not only see performers they know and love, but show talent set to be huge in coming years. BRIT’s Critics Choice and Breakthrough Artist award winner Rag ‘n Bone Man closes the festival, supported by raucous Punk duo Slaves,  Australian Psych-indie/dance band (I defy anyone who says they’re not intrigued by that) Jagwar Ma, and rock favourites White Lies, Nothing But Thieves and Wild Beasts. We’re super excited to welcome Scottish duo, Honeyblood, so check out our interview with them here! With something for everyone in some of the quirkiest venues in the city, Live at Leeds, 29th April 2017 is set to be another storming success!

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Full Line Up
Rag’n’Bone Man, Slaves, White Lies, Wild Beats, Nothing But Thieves, DMA’s, Frightened Rabbit, Garbielle Aplin, Jagwar Ma, Teleman, Temples, The Hunna, The Pigeon Detectives, AJ Tracey, Black Hones, Childhood, Clean Cut Kid, Ekkah, Fickle Friends, Honeyblood, Jake Isaac, Jaws, Let’s Eat Grandma, Lewis Watson, Rational, Seafret, Superfood, The Amazons, The Big Moon, The Magic Gang, The Moonlandingz, Tom Grennan, VANT, Adian Coker, Aine Cahill, Airways, Alex Francis, Amber Arcades, Anna Straker, Annabel Allum, Arc, Artificial Pleasure, Atlas Wynd, Bad Nerves, Bad Sounds, Banfi, Be Charlotte, Blackwaters, Brian Deady, Byrde, Carmody, Carys Selvey, Casey Lowry, Chest Pains, Chinah, Clay, Club Drive, Colouring, Connie Constance, Croox, Dead!, Dead Naked Hippies, Dead Pretties, Dream Wife, DUSK, Easy Life, Eat Fast, Fangclub, Faux Pas, Fazerdaze, FISH, Flamingods, Fletcher Jackson, FLING, Francobllo, Freak, Furr, Gang of Youths, Geowulf, Get Inuit, Gurr, Heir, Her, HMLTD, HOWL, Husky Loops, IDER, IDLES, Indigo Husk, Jade Bird, Jagara, JAKL, Jellyskin, Jerry Williams, Joe Fox, Joel Baker, Johnny Lloyd, Jordan Allen, Jordan Mackampa, Jordan Max, Joy Crookes, Joy Room, Judas, KELL, King Nun, Kilo, Kojey Radical, Kovic, KYKO, Lamia, Laurel, Lea Porcelain, Leo Stannard, LIFE, Little Hours, Lisbon, Liv Dawson, Luxury Death, Marsicans, MarthaGunn, Matt Maltese, Mosa Wild, MOSES, Nilufer Yanya, Nocturn, October Drift, Off Bloom, Otzeki, OUTLYA, Pale Waves, Paris Youth Foundation, Piles of Clothes, Pixey, Plastic Mermaids, PLAZA, Puma Blue, RedFaces, Roe Green, Rory Butler, Rory Wynne, Saint PHNX, Sam Brookes, Sam Wilde, Scarlet, Shadowlark, She Drew The Gun, Shy Luv, Siv Jakobsen, Sivu, SLANG, Sonny, Strong Asian Mothers, Team Picture, Tender, Tender Central, Ten Tonnes, The Academic, The Age of Luna, The Bay Rays, The Gallery, The Golden Age of TV, The Night Cafe, The Opera Comic, The Orielles, The Pale White, The Tiny Minds, The Wandering Hearts, Tom Hickox, Tom Walker, Treeboy & Arc, Trudy and the Romance, Weirds, White Kite, Wuzi, Wyvern Lingo, XamVolo, Yellow Days, Yonaka, Young Native, Zach Said. 
Advance tickets £32.50


Known as the King of Pop-Punk festivals, Slamdunk offers an unparalleled experience for the alternative music scene in Leeds. With it’s roots in the University of Leeds’ student’s union, increased demand saw this music bonanza spill out onto the city streets, with eight stages and thousands of like-minded music lovers descending on Sunday 28th May (it’s a bank holiday, so go crazy!), for a wild day of pop-punk, ska, rock and alternative music. With the main stage hosted in Millenium Square, the last few years have thankfully offered stunning weather, and a rousing finale, with headliners performing with a backdrop of a stunning sunset framed by some of the most beautiful buildings in Leeds, including the Town Hall, Civic Hall and Leeds City Museum.

This year, electronic maestros, Enter Shikari celebrate the 10th anniversary of their pivotal first album Take to the Skies with an incredible one-off celebration performance. Also catch debut albums in full from American pop-rock favourites Cute Is What We Aim For and We The Kings. See We Are The Ocean off in style as Slamdunk brings you one of their last ever shows, and catch the show of a lifetime from Madina Lake as they reunite for a special performance.

Neck Deep, Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish are firm Slamdunk favourites, and regular additions to the line up, promising a memorable performance, full of energy and unforgettable for the people of Leeds. Finally, Reading and Leeds Fest regulars Deaf Havana bring their hazy summer vibes to the city, so expect fan favourites and performances from their new album All These Countless Nights!

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Full Line Up:
Don Broco, Bowling for Soup, Neck Deep, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Deaf Havana, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, We Are The Ocean, Against Me!, The Bronx, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, We The Kings, The Maine, Frank Iero and the Patience, Zebrahead, The Movielife, The Antaris, Fenix TX, Cute Is What We Aim For, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Memphis May Fire, Crossfaith, Madina Lake, Stray from the Path, I Prevail, Set It Off, Citizen, Turnover, Crime In Stereo, Seaway, Waterparks, With Confidence, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth, WSTR, Trophy Eyes, Like Pacific, Sorority Noise, Black Foxxes, Decade,  Counterfeit, Ice Nine Kills, Oceans Ate Alaska, Fort Hope, SHVPES, Puppy, Too Close To Touch, MC Lars. 
Advance tickets £44, or £49 with after party on sale now


Okay, so not technically in Leeds but well within
travelling distance! And not to be missed. Offering 15 days of music, crafts, entertainment and arts in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, Grassington Festival is an unmissable event, bringing something for all of the family. With the theme of Escape, the festival is offering a range of amazing activities, ranging from food festivals, to a beginner’s session of Drystone Walling, to 80s legends Bananarama closing the festival on Saturday 1st July!

Other musical treats include the enigmatic Jools Holland who’s bringing his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra back to Grassington after a sell-out performance in 2013, the super talented Newton Faulkner bringing his natural flair for live performances to the Festival in the Field Marquee. Known for his incredible guitar playing talent and the power and purity of his voice, he has a unique playing style that enables him to produce a bewildering array of percussive effects on his instrument and an amazing gift of totally captivating his audience as soon as he starts to play. Truly not a show to miss! Also catch the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain bringing their unique performance to the stunning Yorkshire Dales!

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Ticket prices vary, see: www.grassington-festival.org.uk

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The Big Daddy of festivals. How lucky are we that this amazing weekend shows some of the very best of musical offerings, and it’s right on our doorstep! I remind myself of how lucky we are every August bank holiday weekend, when I can nip to my house in 15 minutes on Saturday morning to shower mid-festival (Yes I know I’m a part-timer but hey, at least I’ll be clean!). I’m sorry Reading, you might get the BBC’s coverage, but everyone knows that your slightly rowdier, definitely muddier, Northern sister is just better in every way: the river of mud (and god knows what else) between Yellow and the main stage, the constant chants of YORKSHIRE, ALAN and STEVE until 6am, the legend of Poo Girl, even falling down the hill in Orange camp becomes a charming right of passage, with the madmen brave enough to fling themselves down it willingly, becoming legends of the weekend.

It’s filthy, it’s rainy but to us, it’s home. And this year it’s bigger than ever! With the headliners including rock juggernauts Kasabian, Muse and rap God Eminem, the weekend is set to offer festival goers an amazing and unique opportunity to take in the very best musical offerings. Joining these legends, we have Haim, You Me At Six, Halsey, Mallory Knox, Giggs, Charli XCX, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club and Fatboy Slim to name a few.

The weekend always delivers a memorable experience, with not only amazing sets from the very best bands, artists and DJs, but a community spirit unlike anywhere else. A right of passage for some, a yearly pilgrimage for others, every Leeds Fest weekend offers at least one tale you will NEVER forget (anyone remember the girl giving birth in 2013?!) Whatever your tale, 2017’s August Bank Holiday Weekend can only mean one thing – Leeds Fest. Who knows? It might not even rain. Maybe.

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Full Line Up
Against the Current, Andy C, Angel, Architects, At The Drive In, Avelino, Bastille, Bear’s Den, Becky Hill, Billy Talent, Black Lips, Blossoms, Cabbage, Cadet, CamelPhat, Charli XCX, Chris Lorenzo, Circa Waves, Claptone, Counterfeit, Danny Brown, Dave, Dillon Francis, Eden, Eminem, Everything Everything, Fatboy Slim, Fickle Friends, Flatbush Zombies, Flume, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Geovarn, Giggs, Glass Animals, Grouplove, HAIM, Halsey, High Contrast, IDLES, Inheaven, J Hus, Jaguar Skills, James Organ, Jimmy Eat World, Katy B (DJ Set), Kasabian, King Nun, Klose One, Korn, Lethal Bizzle, Louis Berry, Majestic, Major Lazer, Mallory Knox, Marmozets, Marshmello, Mic Righteous, Migos, Milky Chance, MIST, Moose Blood, MoStack, Mullally, Muse, Noisia ‘Outer Edges’, Oh Wonder, Phantogram, Picture This, Prose, Puppy, Rat Boy, Ray BLK, Rejjie Snow, Rex Orange County, Sam Divine, Shame, Shy FX, Star.One, Sundara Karma, The Amazons, The Amity Affliction, The Heatwave, The Hunna, The Manor, The Pretty Reckless, The Sherlocks, TOKiMONSTA, Tom Grennan, Tom Misch, Toothless, Torey Lanez. Two Door Cinema Club, While She Sleeps, Wiley, Yonaka, You Me At Six, Young T & Bugsey


Weekend Camping Tickets: £205 + booking fee
Early Entry: £20
By Ellie Howley

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