Six years ago one man had a vision to support new talents by creating an inner-city festival.
Now Live at Leeds, which started back in 2007 in celebration of the city’s 800th birthday, has grown into a key date in every music fan’s diary.
The 12-hour music event is set for Saturday May 4, but there are events happening throughout the weekend, including a five-a-side football match on Monday, May 6.
Last night creator Colin Oliver revealed the ‘first wave’ of confirmed artists for the much-anticipated 2013 line-up - including Leeds-own Pigeon Detectives.
Andy Smith, Live at Leeds’s chief booker of artists, said: “We tried it for the first year, it worked, and we decided we’d grow it slowly across the years.
“The ethos of the festival was always about bringing along new talent, both locally and nationally.
“And that’s what we are still doing. We’ve had Ed Sheeran, The Hurts and Jake Bugg - all these well-established names, before they were so well known.
“It’s a perfect opportunity for music fans to discover new names and sounds in smaller venues right here in Leeds.”
Andy tipped Laura Mvula, The 1976, Peace and Soley as the artists to watch.
Tickets for the Saturday cost £22.50. The Unconference’ on Friday May 3, a music-industry led series of workshops and discussions is free but guests have to sign up. The Vaccines will play Leeds Millennium Square on Sunday, May 5 in a separately ticketed event.
Visit: www.liveatleeds.com for the list of acts so far.