Newcomers are ready to rock Leeds Festival

Leeds-based band Happy Daggers. PIC: Tony Johnson
Leeds-based band Happy Daggers. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Leeds band Happy Daggers are getting ready to rock with giants, as they prepare to hit the stage at the ultimate hometown gig.

The talented quintet, who describe their music as ‘disco-influenced rock and soul’ have won the chance to perform at Leeds Festival, which returns over the August bank holiday weekend to Bramham Park with headliners Metallica, Mumford and Sons and the reformed Libertines.

Happy Daggers will be among a legion of talented young bands set to get their big stage debuts on the ever-popular BBC Introducing Stage, after being named one of the runners-up in the 
annual Futuresound competition.

Other local talent which will be shining on home turf is Harrogate electro-pop artist Katie Skinner and Leeds genre-spanners Clay.

Headlining the same stage on the Saturday will be hotly tipped genre-masher Georgia, whose debut, self-titled album is sure to be one of the alternative hits of the summer. She’ll be joined by Warrington-based indie poppers Viola Beach, Bristol grunge-rock quartet The Jacques, Reading locals The Amazons, singer-songwriter Martin Luke Brown, electronic trio Moon Tourists, Hull alternative four-piece LIFE and metalcore heavyweights Return To Rome.

Sunday will see the stage headlined by hotly-tipped, freshly signed Liverpool band Clean Cut Kid, whose whip-smart pop is tipped to be destined for the festival’s bigger stages. Also appearing on the stage that day are rock ’n’ rollers Demob Happy, Glasgow art-pop quintet White, indie-rock songwriter John Joseph Brill and folk punk band Ducking Punches.

Headlining the first night on Friday will be up and coming, high energy band Childcare, whose playful debut EP Flush has garnered a huge amount of attention.

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