Six of the Best: Music acts coming to Leeds

Indian actor Rajinikanth, centre, poses with his director daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth and music composer AR Rahman, right, at a photo call for Kochadaiyaan: The Legend, at a west London hotel, Saturday, March 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Indian actor Rajinikanth, centre, poses with his director daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth and music composer AR Rahman, right, at a photo call for Kochadaiyaan: The Legend, at a west London hotel, Saturday, March 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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The Leeds music scene is thriving, with big name acts flocking to the city. As the city celebrates one of its own - Nathan Clark from The Brudenell Social Club - being listed in the Indie50, we look at six top acts heading your way

JAMES, WOLF ALICE, et al

ONROUNDHAY FESTIVAL

There are a number of big names attached to the OnRoundhay Festival, which takes place today, including James, Wolf Alice and Primal Scream.

It’s 10 years since Roundhay Park last hosted a major music event - Robbie Williams - so this event, organised by Harvey Goldsmith and sponsored by John Lewis, whose Victoria Gate store in Leeds opens in October, will be keenly watched but given the line-up and the fact it is being billed as a family friendly event, it should be a great success.

For details see www.onroundhayfestival.com

The PIXIES

o2 ACADEMY

US alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, USA, which disbanded in 1993 but reformed in 2004. They are known for psychedelia, noise pop, hard rock, surf pop, and surf rock, all of which allegedly influenced other bands, including Blur, Weezer and Nirvana. Even the late David Bowie cited them as an influence on his work.

In 2013, they released their first new material in 10 years and are currently enjoying something of a revival in the UK, where they were always very popular.

Carling Weekend Leeds Festival 2005, held at Bramham Park, near Leeds, pictured on Saturday 27 August 2005, lead singer of The Pixies, Black Frances, performing on the main stage of day two of the festival.

Carling Weekend Leeds Festival 2005, held at Bramham Park, near Leeds, pictured on Saturday 27 August 2005, lead singer of The Pixies, Black Frances, performing on the main stage of day two of the festival.

November 30, 7pm, see: www.academymusicgroup.com

TEENAGE FANCLUB

Leeds UNIVERSITY

The Scottish band gained acclaim for anticipated the emergence of grunge but were better known for power pop and alternative rock.

The group has three singers/ongwriters (Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley) and formed in 1989. Over the years, they have released 10 studio albums and two compilations. In 2015 they supported the Foo Fighters at Old Trafford.

Tickets £20, Stylus venue, Leeds Uni campus, November 20, 7pm, over-14s only, see: www.leedstickets.com

THE WEDDING PRESENT

Morley

This year, Leeds-based band The Wedding Present will close Morley Arts Festival.

The indie rock band formed in 1985, with David Gedge as lead vocalist/guitar. The late Radio 1 DJ John Peel once said of him: “The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong.”

With support from the Velveteens, one of Britain’s best bands is set to give Morley’s festival a great send-off.

October 9, 8pm, Alexandra Hall, Morley Arts Festival, tickets:

THE ENEMY

02 ACADEMY

This ‘Last Orders’ tour could be your last chance to catch this popular indie band, after they announced their intention to split later this year.

After 10 years in the game and three top ten albums, they will be performing some of their most popular tracks from their back catalogue. The band’s debut album ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ (2007) went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.

September 25, 7pm, tickets cost £35 and are selling fast, available from: www.academymusicgroup.com

A R RAHMAN

Leeds First Direct Arena

If you are looking for something a little more culture, India’s most prominent composer, A R Rahman, will be performing at Leeds FD Arena on Thursday September 29.

Described as a “feast for the senses”, it will showcase his inimitable style and mix of eastern classical music with modern electro, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. The show begins at 7.30pm but there will be a ‘VIP’ meet and greet from 7pm.

For ticket information, see: www.firstdirectarena.com/

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