New music to hit the decks

We take a look at the new releases in music, including Jools Holland and Neil Young.

Kula Shaker

Music interview: Crispian Mills on the 20th anniversary of Kula Shaker

Having recently toured America for the first time in 17 years with his band Kula Shaker, Crispian Mills sounds like a musician who’s enjoying some hard-won independence.

Chambers call their music 'Sister Doom'

Gig preview: Chambers at Verve Bar, Leeds

Aeris Houlihan and Ellie Churchill formed rock band Chambers two years ago.

Sir Rod Stewart at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Steve Riding

Gig review: Rod Stewart at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Rod Stewart has changed little throughout the past four decades.

Bradford band Kascarade have filmed their new video in the Sunbridge Tunnels.

Gig preview: Kascarade at The Underground, Bradford

With the long-awaited opening of Bradford’s Sunbridge Wells tunnels now imminent, Bradford indie rock band Kascarade are feeling the anticipation even more than most.

Biffy Clyro at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: David Hodgson

Gig review: Biffy Clyro at First Direct Arena, Leeds

The temperature in Leeds had plummeted, the first major frost of the year meaning the throngs of people outside the First Direct Arena came dressed for the weather. Fortunately they’re made of sterner stuff on the west coast of Scotland and to choral overtures, Biffy Clyro took to the stage, twins James and Ben Johnston bare chested, singer Simon Neil in a cloak.

Christmas swing king Matt Goss

REVIEW: Christmas swing king Matt Goss does it His Way at O2 Academy Leeds

Christmas swing king Matt Goss proved why he is the new swoonatra last night when he opened his UK solo tour at Leeds O2 Academy doing Sinatra style festive classics - but His Way.
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White Lies

Gig review: White Lies at Leeds University Stylus

White Lies brought their new album ‘Friends’ to Leeds University’s Stylus, in a packed out venue.


Gig review: Placebo at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Despite some nail biting tension as to when Placebo were officially due to grace the stage, (conflicting reports abound in every local drinking hole), when Brian and the band arrived, they commanded the room with a brick hit-house of fan favorite’s and deep album cuts spanning their 20 year career to date.

Kate Rusby recently released the album Life in a Paper Boat.

Music interview: Kate Rusby

Folk singer Kate Rusby is on her now customary, and very popular, pre-Christmas tour. She spoke to Duncan Seaman.

Date:25th November 2016. Picture James Hardisty.
York Minster's advent wreath been assembled and then raised beneath the central Tower. The advent wreath measures four meters in diameter, and it's believed to be the largest suspended advent wreath in any cathedal or church in this country.

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Where to see the Messiah

Pixies at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Gig review: Pixies at O2 Academy Leeds

Having written some of the finest songs in American alt-rock, Pixies could forgiven for the lack of spectacle in their show at at a sold-out O2 Academy Leeds.

Matt Goss swinging into the UK for Christmas show and YOU could meet him!

WIN: Bros superstar Matt Goss meet and greet Christmas show tickets

Christmas is about to come early for one lucky fan of Bros superstar Matt Goss - we are giving YOU and a guest the chance to meet him and see his festive show.

Music interview: Stefan Olsdal on 20 years of Placebo

Placebo’s 20th anniversary tour is wending its way across continental Europe en route to Britain when the YEP catches up with the rock band’s bass player and guitarist Stefan Olsdal in Germany.

Muse is first headline act announced for Leeds and Reading Festivals 2017

BREAKING: Rock royalty Muse first headliner announced for Leeds and Reading Festivals 2017

Stadium rock royalty Muse have been announced as the first headliners for next year's Leeds and Reading Festivals - with Yorkshire's own While She Sleeps also on the bill.
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Muse's Matt Bellamy.

Rock on! Muse announced as a Leeds Festival headliner for 2017

Rock superstars Muse were today announced as one of the headliners for next year’s Leeds Festival.

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Richie Ramone

Gig preview: Richie Ramone at The Snooty Fox, Wakefield

If Richie Ramone described his first solo album, Entitled, as a “tough record” that he “could shove down people’s throats” its successor is less confrontational.

Frightened Rabbit

Gig preview: Frightened Rabbit at Leeds University Stylus

Frightened Rabbit, bring their sombre and gentle melancholy to Leeds University Stylus on Friday December 2.

Heir. Picture: Portia Hunt

Gig preview: Heir at The Wardrobe, Leeds

The five members of pop band Heir – Tom Hammond, Sam Luca, Harry Vernon, Ste Fisher and Samuel Newham – met while studying at Leeds College of Music.


Gig review: Courteeners at First Direct Arena, Leeds

HAS any gig at the First Direct Arena ever been more rapturously received?

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