City floods with music for Live at Leeds gigs

Wolf Alice on stage at Leeds Met University. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
Wolf Alice on stage at Leeds Met University. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
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Thousands of music fans flocked to the city over the weekend to enjoy live music ranging from up-and-coming local acts to established stars from around the world.

Live at Leeds saw the city’s venues throw open their doors to revellers young and old, showcasing a broad-range of music.

Gigs were held in big venues, such as the O2 Academy, to smaller and more intimate destinations like the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park.

Large queues formed early on Saturday at Leeds City Museum where fans exchanged their tickets for wristband passes which allowed them into all participating venues.

The action really got started at the O2 Academy around 2.30pm with thousands 
treated to an up-tempo set from local heroes the Pigeon Detectives.

At Leeds Met, up-and-coming local band Happy Daggers impressed with their disco-tinged indie rock while electronica act Duologue set a more somber tone at Leeds University’s Refrectory venue.

Organisers did their best to keep fans abreast of where queues and capacity were lower via Twitter but some venues, notably The Cockpit, saw lengthy lines outside its doors throughout the day.

Sarah Graham, from Queensbury in Bradford, said: “The queues were long but alright I guess. It’s a good atmosphere, I will definitely come again.”

Charlotte Borsos, from Bingley, added: “It’s a shame it’s all inside but then again it could have been raining.”

Post War Glamour Girls impressed at Stylus and heavy rock act Humanfly drew a devoted crowd at Mine. Sunday saw The Vaccines played to a large crowd in Millennium Square.

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