Live at Leeds 2014 the biggest and best ever!

Ella Eyre and Lanterns on the Lake were among the dozens of bands who delighted the Live at Leeds crowds during the citywide music festival weekend. PIC: Anthony Longstaff

Ella Eyre and Lanterns on the Lake were among the dozens of bands who delighted the Live at Leeds crowds during the citywide music festival weekend. PIC: Anthony Longstaff

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TENS of thousands of music fans descended on the city for the biggest ever Live at Leeds festival at the weekend.

Organisers are hailing this year’s event the best so far in the festival’s eight-year history.

Festivalgoers queued at Leeds’ First Direct Arena from 10am on Saturday to get their wristbands before taking their pick of the 20 venues across the city where they could catch a glimpse of their favourite bands.

Amy Dewsnap, marketing manager for Live at Leeds, said: “Live at Leeds 2014 was the biggest and best yet!

“Tens of thousands of music fans descended upon the city in the sunshine to check out the latest emerging artists and international stars. The day went without any hitches and the arena was a great place for the wristband exchange.”

Andy Smith, festival manager, added: “The response has been incredible this year. The new venues worked really well and the arena space created a relaxing start to the day. Lots of bars are reporting their best days takings yet and Leeds had a great atmosphere.

“Who knows,but we may use the arena next year!”

Singer Ella Eyre performed to a packed-out crowd at the O2 Academy in Leeds on Saturday night.

The singer, best known for her collaboration with Rudimental on the number one hit Waiting All Night, said on Twitter: “I cannot believe this is real life. What a crowd, I love Leeds!”

Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses said on Twitter: “Thank you thank you thank you Leeds! That was insane.”

Other bands included Palma Violets,¡Forward Russia!, Frank Turner, The Sunshine Underground, Bipolar Sunshine, Clean Bandit, I Like Trains, King Charles, Nina Nesbitt, Los Campesinos and Frank Turner.

What’s next?...

Today (May 5), the Live at Leeds football tournament will be held at Goals on Kirkstall Road from 1pm.

The tournament is free to attend and will see music industry bosses battle it out to raise cash for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

There will also be a fortune teller, balloon artist, penalty shoot-out, sports massages, food and refreshments.

The Unconference Extra will also be held at Goals on Monday, from 10am today.

The event aims to help people under the age of 19 progress as artists.

Find out more at bit.ly/UnconfExtra2014.

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