As if being crowned the ‘best metropolitan festival’ last year wasn’t enough, Live At Leeds returned to the city centre on Saturday with arguably its strongest ever line-up.
A cool, wet day didn’t deter thousands of music lovers flocking to see the likes of The Cribs, Gaz Coombes, Thurston Moore, Slaves, The Strypes, Swim Deep, Lawson and Palma Violets.
Twenty venues collectively hosted more than 200 acts, with large turnouts particularly at Leeds Town Hall, the O2 Academy, the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.
Former Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes performed twice – at the O2 Academy at lunchtime and later an acoustic show at the Dr Martens store.
Holy Trinity Church welcomed hotly tipped star of the future Lucy Rose; at the Belgrave Music Hall, the line-up was headlined by Grammy nominated singer and producer MNEK; highlights at Leeds College of Music included Lauren Aquilina and Emmy the Great.
A strong local contingent was led by Clay, Crybabycry, Treason Kings, Vitamin, Hookworms and Menace Beach.
Reactions from festival-goers on Twitter included:
@DeShannon: Loved it! Proud of the @LCoM_Events team, glad I discovered @BLACKHONEYUK and saw @LUVFLESHH
@karys1: brill! Hookworms were so loud! Highlights were @GetInuit and the Thurston Moore band for me
@lawrielee: Amazing! 10 acts seen and not one I didn’t enjoy
@4_ever_delayed: me and @modestlaura enjoyed @ManMadeProject and @thecribs
@JPatrick1912: #LAL2015 the best day of the year! And the fringe was cool as... #blackswanboxershorts
See www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk on Tuesday for a full review of Live At Leeds.