Corinne Bailey Rae’s comeback among highlights of Live At Leeds

Mystery Jets at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Mystery Jets at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

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Thousands of music lovers descended on the city centre on Saturday for the 10th Live At Leeds festival.

More than 200 acts performed on stages ranging from O2 Academy Leeds to Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds College of Music and Belgrave Music Hall.

Circa Waves at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Circa Waves at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Although headliner Jess Glynne pulled out on the morning of the event, citing ill health, Leeds-born singer Corinne Bailey Rae did play to a capacity crowd at The HiFi Club.

The 37-year-old star’s hour-long set gave fans a taste of The Heart Speaks in Whispers, her first album in six years, along with her biggest hit, Put Your Records On.

Other high points included Circa Waves at the University of Leeds’s Refectory stage, We Are Scientists performing material from their new album Helter Seltzer at the University’s Stylus venue, Band of Skulls at Leeds Beckett University, Future of the Left at The Key Club, NME Award winner Rat Boy at the Brudenell and Ghostpoet at The Wardrobe.

Large crowds also gathered at Holy Trinity Church for the return of York singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Sheffield duo Slow Club.

The Sherlocks at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

The Sherlocks at Live At Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

For the first time in the event’s 10-year history Briggate also got a stage which featured six new Leeds bands. The stage was free to attend and was in partnership with LeedsBID and Leeds City Council. Glass Caves, Fletcher Jackson, Katie Dean, Party Hardly, Where Fires Are and Colours of Spring played. The area also featured a photo booth and food area curated by Leeds Indie Food.

A pop-up show at Trinity Kitchen featured Skinny Living, Rupert Stroud and Isaac Tyler.

As well as playing at the O2 Academy Mystery Jets also performed an intimate pop-up show at Dr Martens Leeds store in the early evening. Leeds College of Music paid tribute to David Bowie with a special performance from the Big Band.

Other Yorkshire acts taking part included Dancing Years, Carnabells, Autobahn, Forever Cult and Sheffield group The Sherlocks, who played to a large audience at Leeds University Refectory’s Dr Martens stage.

Coriine Bailey Rae at The HiFi Club at Live At Leeds. Picture: Giles Smith

Coriine Bailey Rae at The HiFi Club at Live At Leeds. Picture: Giles Smith

Live At Leeds organisers said: “So pleased to bring thousands of music fans into Leeds this bank holiday weekend. Across 23 stages, bars, hotels and restaurants were full with happy music fans – the city centre was buzzing! So many highlights to name but the Briggate stage was a particular favourite for us, it enabled us to share a taste of the festival with the city! The sun came out in the afternoon and made it perfect weather for dashing about the city.”