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Singer quits day job after busking video goes viral

A singer who created a viral storm when she performed with a busker while on a night out in Leeds says the impromptu duet has changed her life.

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X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson to headline Flamingo Land's Party In The Park on Saturday, August 19.

Superwoman Rebecca Ferguson replaces Matt Terry at Flamingo Land's Party In The Park on August 19

Superwoman hitmaker Rebecca Ferguson has come to the rescue and will headline Flamingo Land's Party In The Park this weekend after Matt Terry pulled out with a 'throat infection'.
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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Sherlocks Live For The Moment as debut album is set to be a smash hit - out August 18

Live for the Moment is the long-awaited debut album from latest Radio 1 sensations The Sherlocks and the moment is finally here - it's released tomorrow, Friday, August 18.
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O2 Academy Leeds.

Five things you should know about... Leeds 02 Academy

Think you know Leeds 02 Academy?

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Paul Draper. Picture: Tom Sheehan

Music interview - Paul Draper on his solo album: ‘It’s more a cathartic process about healing the wounds of being in a band’

More than a decade on from the demise of his old band Mansun, singer Paul Draper has finally returned to the fray.

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KOYO

Music interview: KOYO are ready to rock Leeds Festival

Due to perform at Leeds Festival and release their self-titled debut album on September 15, founding member Huw Edwards discussed the band’s sounds, influences and favourite venue in their hometown of Leeds.

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Forbidden fruit: Leeds Festival bans pineapples

Forbidden fruit: Leeds Festival bans pineapples

Leeds Festival organisers have announced that pineapples will not be allowed at the event this Bank Holiday.

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The Pigeon Detectives.

The Pigeon Detectives announce stage to kick off 2017 Leeds Festival

Leeds’ own The Pigeon Detectives will kick off this year’s annual music festival next week.

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Omar Lye-Fook

Music interview: Omar has ‘staying power’

Singer Omar Lye-Fook was one of the 50 vocalists featured on the recent chart-topping cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water recorded to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Kaiser Chiefs

Bingley getting ready to rock the return of annual music festival

One of Yorkshire's best loved music festivals is returning next month as it moves into its 11th year.

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24/7 Rock Star S*** by The Cribs

Album review: 24/7 Rock Star S*** by The Cribs

The Cribs are back. For the initiated and the loyal, they never really went away, but for some time have been in an ever unobtainable city storm full of butterflies, stalagmites and burning candles.

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Merrill Osmond.

The Osmond family’s Leeds charity gala

Members of the world famous Osmond family are to appear at a charity event aimed at helping people with hearing problems.

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Marika Hackman

Music interview – Marika Hackman: ‘I just had a lot on my mind and it felt like it was just so much easier to get off my chest all in one go’

Marika Hackman is a 25-year-old London-based singer-songwriter who recently released her second album, I’m Not Your Man, to acclaim in the national press. Ahead of her appearance at Leeds Festival on Saturday August 26, she spoke to the YEP.

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The Seagulls

Gig preview; The Seagulls album launch at the 360 Club, Leeds

The Seagulls release their forthcoming LP Blood Orange on August 21; it will be their second full-length album release and will be celebrated with a huge launch show at the 360 Club in Leeds on Friday August 18.

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Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Albums round up: Everything Now by Arcade Fire; Spooky Action by Paul Draper; Here Come The Warm Jets/Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)/Another Green World/Before and After Science by Brian Eno; Manchester North of England: A story of independent music Greater Manchester 1977-1993 by various artists

Indie rock’s finest have been this way before, of course. In 1982 New Order signalled their intent to move beyond the confines of taut post-punk by introducing sequencers and DMX drum machines into their songs. A generation of would-be guitar bands followed suit, casting off their greatcoats, donning baggy clothing and heading for the dance floor.

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Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

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DMA's

Gig review: DMA’s at Unity Hall, Wakefield

Whether it be the military jackets and pork pie hats of The Libertines or the ripped jeans and haircuts of The Cribs, when a band makes an impact on their fans fashion sense you’ve already won half the battle for cult status.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds. Picture: Tom Arber

Gig review: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

“They’re saying they have four Grammys and you have zero,” jokes Thulani Shabalala, indicating to his eight band mates. His casual dropping of facts about Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s achievements while needling the audience to sing louder is justifiable pride rather than arrogance.

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Queens Social Club is rumoured to have closed down over the last fortnight.

Concern for future of iconic Sheffield music venue following closure rumours

Concerns have been raised for the future of an iconic Sheffield music venue, following claims it has suddenly been closed down.

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Bella Gaffney

Music preview: Bella Gaffney autumn tour

Bella Gaffney celebrates the release of her latest album Heaven Knows with a string of autumn shows.

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