Chart sensations Clean Bandit to head up biggest ever Leeds music weekender

Clean Bandit, who will perform at Live at Leeds 2014. Picture: Charlie Gray
Clean Bandit, who will perform at Live at Leeds 2014. Picture: Charlie Gray
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A chart-topping quartet will lead up to 200 bands into Leeds for a celebrated city-wide festival this summer.

Electronic pop group Clean Bandit, whose single Rather Be is the current UK number 1, will join the likes of Nina Nesbitt, Kodaline and Leeds rockers Pulled Apart by Horses and The Mexanines at this year’s Live at Leeds festival.

A talented line-up of established acts and future stars will play to up to 15,000 music lovers across 20 venues, including Leeds Town Hall for the first time, from May 2 to 5.

This year the YEP is the official media partner of the 8th Live at Leeds festival, for which further venue and artist announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Festival promoter Ben Lewis told the YEP: “This year is our biggest festival to date. It’s taking the format of Live at Leeds and expanding the hell out of it to make it massive.”

Among the notable acts for the main Saturday event are Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, The Hold Steady, Yuck and Leeds’s I Like Trains.

Separate ticketed gigs will also see Blood Red Shoes play at The Cockpit, Grammy winners Snarky Puppy play The Wardrobe and Melt Yourself Down take the stage at Brudenell Social Club on May 2, before Kodaline play at Leeds O2 Academy and Neurosis perform at Leeds Metropolitan University on Sunday May 4.

Mr Lewis added: “It’s been a great event for the city and to have the YEP on board brings it on and shows that it’s for the people of this region.”

He said gig-goers can expect to see future stars, having been a platform for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Jake Bugg.

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Aside from a packed programme of music on Saturday May 3, Live at Leeds will bring:

April 9: The AIM Social featuring the Access to Music Funding Panel at Brudenell Social Club from 6pm. Free entry from 6pm.

May 2: The Live at Leeds Unconference will mark the start of Live at Leeds with guest BBC Radio 1 DJ Jen Long at Leeds College of Music from 10am to 6pm.

May 5: The Unconference Extra with East Leeds FM. Music networking and education event for under 19s at Goals Soccer Centre, Kirkstall, from 10am to 2pm.

May 5: The Live at Leeds Football Tournament at Goals Soccer Centre, Kirkstall, from 1pm.


Albert Hammond Jr, Blood Red Shoes, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chloe Howl, Circa Wave, Clean Bandit, Courtney Barnett, Drenge, Ella Eyre, F*** Buttons, Hudson Taylor, I Like Trains, Johnny Flynn, King Charles, Kodaline, Lauren Aquilina, Lizzo, Los Campesinos!, Neurosis, Nina Nesbitt, Pulled Apart by Horses, Royal Blood, Say Lou Lou, The Hold Steady, The Midnight Beast, Wolf Alice, Yuck.

Amber Run, Arc Iris, Arthur Beatrice, Autobahn, Bat and Ball, Blaenavon, Coasts, Crystal Seagulls, Cymbals, Darlia, Denai Moore, Dive In, Dolomite Minor, Eaves, Eliza and the Bear, Fair Ohs, Flyte, Frank Hamilton, Fred Page, Fyfe, Gambles George Barnett, Happyness, Hero Fisher, Highasakite, Holy Mountain, Honeyblood Indiana, Jack Garratt, Jamie Isaac, Jaws, Joel Baker, Khushi, Lanterns on the Lake, Laura Welsh, Lola Colt, Love Zombies, Lyger, Lyla Foy, Marika Hackman, Mausi, Menace Beach, Melt Yourself Down, Norma Jean Martine, Palace, Parakeet, Pawws Primitive Parts, Pup, Rainer, Rhodes, Rosie Lowe, Sam Airey, San Fermin, Shy Nature, Sivu, Snarky Puppy, Solids, Southern, Spring King, Superfood, Teleman, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Bohicas, The Creases, The Scenes, The Tea Street Band, The Wytches, Tourist, Vukovi, We the Wild, We Were Evergreen, Wild Cub, Youth Man.

Alaska, Allusondrugs, Apollo Junction, Bearfoot Beware, Blue Laurel, Carnabells, Charlie Straw, City of Lights, Disraeli Gears, Engine, Fans, Fawn Spots, Glass Caves, Glassbody, Goodbye Chanel, Harry Ridgway, Imp, Jonny Quits, Marsicans, Modo Stare, Munich, Narcs, Otherpeopleslives, Pip Mountjoy, Quentins Basement, Samuel S.Parkes, Tabloids, The Mexanines, The Vendettas, Then Thickens, We Were Frontiers, Weirds, Witch Hunt, White Royal.

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