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Music interview – Heir: ‘We’re glad to break new ground’

Leeds band Heir have big plans, it must be said. Not to necessarily conquer the world with their DIY, Eighties-infused pop – that goes without saying, almost – but to instead leave a mark on the city’s cultural landscape in a different kind of vein, a mark in the shape of a bi-monthly collaborative arts event at the Hyde Park Book Club just shy of Headingley.

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The Go! Team

Gig review: The Go! Team at The Wardrobe, Leeds

The Go! Team have been championing positivity and big, brassy pop songs ever since their 2004 debut Thunder, Lightening, Strike.

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Leeds-bound Paul Weller

Weller, Weller, Weller ... tell me more!

Paul Weller fans In The City are counting down days to The Modfather's latest Leeds show.
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Sting performs at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds, at a launch event for The Last Ship - a musical by the musician at the Leeds Grand on May 1 to May 5. Picture Tony Johnson.

Sting in Leeds: ‘I wouldn’t write Every Breath You Take differently in #MeToo era’

A wave of protest which surfaced initially in the showbusiness industry under the banner of #MeToo offers people a moment to “re-calibrate” themselves, said Sting during an appearance in Leeds.

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Music interview – Sparks: ‘You have to find new ways of presenting what you’re doing’

Veteran art-pop band Sparks are due to perform in Leeds for the first time more than 40 years. Duncan Seaman spoke to their singer, Russell Mael.

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Sting: How a frozen pea factory in Leeds helped kick-start my career

Many an artist has shot to international fame after a formative stint in Leeds – few may know that multi-million-selling rock star Sting can count himself among them.
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Sting appears at Leeds City Varieties for The Last Ship musical launch

Sting made an intimate appearance in Leeds today to launch the UK run of his musical.
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Baxter Dury

Music interview – Baxter Dury: ‘I’m on the edge of sentimentality but I’m not quite there’

Prince of Tears, the fifth album by singer songwriter Baxter Dury, was a record that caught a few people unawares late last year.

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Suggs is touring his one-man show. Picture: Perou

Music interview – Suggs: ‘Fame is a dangerous substance’

Most people will recognise Suggs as the front man of the popular 80s band Madness, and for his entertaining antics and personality.

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Retro: These photos from 2008 Leeds Festival will bring back memories

As Leeds Festival organisers reveal one of the headline acts for this year’s event we turn back the clock ten years.

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Leeds Festival 2018 headliners and first acts announced

BREAKING: Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon, Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco to headline Leeds Festival 2018

American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, rockers Kings Of Leon, pop rock stars Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco will headline Leeds Festival 2018.
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar. PIC: PA

Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Kings of Leon to headline 2018 Leeds Festival

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, along with rock bands Fall Out Boy, Kings Of Leon and Panic! At The Disco.

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Noel Gallagher.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre gig for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Get ready Yorkshire – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are heading to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

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Gary Numan is touring with his new album and will be appearing in Hull and Sheffield.

Interview (with audio) – Gary Numan: ‘When Savage got to No 2 I properly cried like a baby’

IT’S three decades since Gary Numan topped the charts but he’s back on tour with a new album. He spoke to Duncan Seaman.

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Glass Mountain are about to release their second EP, Wow and Flutter.

Music interview – Glass Mountain: ‘We were a little bit daunted about starting this second EP’

When in the process of laying down the second track, Wait All Alone, for their sophomore EP Wow and Flutter, Glass Mountain bassist and keyboardist William Sand had a niggle with the song he couldn’t immediately put his finger on.

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Hayseed Dixie at the Brudenell Social Club on February 2. Picture submitted

Gig review: Hayseed Dixie - Brudenell Social Club

What makes a gig not just a good gig, but a great one?
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Leeds date for James Taylor and special guest

LEGendary singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy award winner, James Taylor & His All-Star Band, has teamed up with Bonnie Raitt to announce a Leeds concert.

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Music interview – Franz Ferdinand: ‘Always Ascending reflected where we felt we were as a band’

If Always Ascending, the new album from Franz Ferdinand, is not the band’s first foray into working with synthesisers it does suggest an upping of the ante as far as the electronic element of their sound is concerned.

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Richard Watson of the 360 Club and BBC West Yorkshire Introducing presenter Alan Raw have joined forces for a new evening of live music in Leeds.

Gig preview: First #360Raw night with As Sirens Fall, Kill The Silence, Stand Alone and Deadlock Saints

Two of the most respected and experienced stalwarts of the West Yorkshire music scene have teamed up to create a new venture called #360RAW. Richard Watson, promoter of the 360 Club at Leeds Library, and Alan Raw, presenter of BBC Introducing West Yorkshire and BBC Introducing Humberside, will curate a new monthly night with hand-picked bands from the West Yorkshire area.

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Willy Vlautin

Gig review: Willy Vlautin at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Judging by the nearly sold out venue and the enthusiastic response the affable, newly 50-year old Oregon resident gets when he steps on stage clutching two drinks (as you’d imagine one of his characters might if the opportunity presented itself), Willy Vlautin is becoming more widely known.

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