Gig preview: Circa Waves at Leeds Festival

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Each year, Leeds Festival sees some much talked about up-and-comers grace one of its stages. This year, Circa Waves is one of those groups.

Formed in Liverpool, lead singer Kieran Shudall explains how the band came together.

“We all met at Liverpool Sound City, which was last year. We were all playing in bands and decided that we wanted to start a band together and then maybe play the festival a year later.”

Kieran is the band’s song writer and also gave Circa Waves their curious name. What is equally curious is how he chose that name.

“I just uploaded a song on SoundCloud and I needed to write a name, and for some reason those two words popped into my head and 
that was the first thing I 
wrote. It’s not a cool story, I’m afraid!”

Circa Waves were one of the four bands playing on the NME Awards Tour this year, alongside the likes of Interpol and Temples.

“The NME tour was a strange one because we had Interpol fans to play to.

“It was good to try and win them over every night, which sometimes we did, which is cool.”

As well as Leeds Festival, Circa Waves will also be playing other festivals this season, including Lattitude.

They are currently on tour in Australia, supporting Metronomy. This autumn, the band will return to the UK to tour with The 1975, and will then be embarking on their own headline tour, which will see them stop at The Cockpit in Leeds.

The band’s fan base is growing all the time, as is the size of the venues they play, but Shudall says that Leeds Festival is what he is most looking forward to.

“I went to Leeds (Festival) twice when I was a teenager. You want to become that band that someone remembers from their youth.

“I remember going to see Arctic Monkeys in Leeds, and that’s a memory in my life forever now, so it would be great if we could go and play it and become some young kid’s memory that makes them want to listen to more music.

“For me it’s the festival I’m looking forward to by far the most.”

Leeds Festival runs from August 22-24 at Bramham Park. Weekened tickets are priced at £213 and day tickets are priced £99.50. For details visit

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