This Saturday, Constellations Festival returns to Leeds and is taking place at the brilliant, intimate venue, the Brudenell Social Club.
Set to play are a number of great bands including Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Haim, Hooded Fang, Pale Seas, Cheatahs and Leeds’s Swimming Lessons amongst others.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are headlining the festival and with ninth official release, Mature Themes released in August to rave reviews it is bound to be a great set of odd and weird and brilliant music. This album saw Ariel Pink discovering a number of new sounds, away from the lo-fi origins he and his fans had become so used to. Look out in particular for indie anthem Round and Round, Only in My Dreams and pseudo surf-rock tune, Kinski Assassin.
Leeds band, Swimming Lessons, have supported the likes of tUnE-YaRdS and Of Montreal and play atmospheric songs which have an Animal Collective feel. Live, one song blends seamlessly into the next creating a meditative, anthemic set. They’re on fairly early but are definitely worth getting down for.
Also playing are Haim, three Californian sisters and their drummer mate, who play fun, instantly likeable songs and signed to Polydor earlier this year. Tracks such as Forever feature funky guitar, cowbells and many a vocal harmony. There’s a fusion of folk rock and R&B and the description of them as a hipster Destiny’s Child is pretty accurate.
There’s a number of great bands playing and it will be a great day of music, with doors opening at 1pm.
YEP’s ‘not to miss’ list:
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Saturday, Brudenells Social Club, from 1pm, £18. www.lunatickets.co.uk or at Crash Records or Jumbo Records.