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Festival Guide: Live at Leeds

Live at Leeds festival is back again, bringing the best in new talent and established live music acts to Yorkshire's creative hub.

An “old” new music festival. Live at Leeds has been captivating crowds for almost as long as Leeds United have been absent from the premiership, – translation for all of you who don’t support the mighty whites – this year is the festivals 12th Birthday.

What’s Live at Leeds then?

This metropolitan music festival exhibits the best, new, emerging artists along with more established acts within various venues in Leeds all in one day – Saturday 5th May. LAL alumni include; Royal Blood, The Vaccines , Stormzy, The 1975, James Blake, London Grammar and Rudimental to name a few. Live at Leeds is a very important festival for the UK music scene, it’s an insanely fun and cost-effective medium, through which one can discover new artists and see their favourite acts all in one day.

There is an unmistakable, alluring buzz which captivates the city during Live at Leeds. Our suggestion would be to show up early and embrace the anarchy that comes with seeing as many acts as humanly possible in one exciting, jam-packed day of musical exploration and enjoyment. Two hundred acts across twenty venues means that unique festival experiences can be had by all, the day’s entertainment is in your hands.

Where’s Live at Leeds happening? 

There is an excellent mix of pumping venues of considerable size, such as the 02 Academy Leeds, and more intimate, funky gig spaces like Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, that your wristband will grant you access to. There is certainly an eclectic selection with each venue possessing its own individual appeal.

This format has allowed for some sensational shows over the years. LAL have mastered the craft of booking superstars shortly before the world is informed about their super-stardom. Ed Sheeran played in front of 100 people at LAL 2010. Mumford & Sons played at the Brudenell Social Club (LAL 2008) and Alt J played at the Holy Trinity Church (LAL 2012) both venues have a capacity of around 350 lucky festival goers. It is likely that the next big thing will be playing on a Spring afternoon in Leeds.

Who’s playing Live at Leeds?

The first wave of acts for Live at Leeds 2018 has been announced and it’s incredibly exciting already. They’ve nailed the mix of up and coming talent and more established acts and there’s still so much more to come.

We are particularly pumped to see the likes of Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Dermot Kennedy and Tom Walker.

British Sea Power, The Horrors, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Magic Gang also add to the impressive line-up which is topped off by;

The Vaccines

Circa Waves



I want in! Live at Leeds sounds brilliant and I want a ticket. 

Well you’re in luck, follow this link to grab your tickets while you can: www.ticketweb.co.uk/liveatleeds

Live at Leeds is a part of Leeds International Festival 2018. The festival takes over the city centre from 28 April – 12 May. Read all about it HERE

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