Live at Leeds countdown starts

Leeds-based band Clay, who are performing at the Belgrave Music Hall.
Leeds-based band Clay, who are performing at the Belgrave Music Hall.
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THE CITY is just days away from one of the biggest music events of the year.

Live at Leeds will see hundreds of music fans descend on the city this weekend – and to make it easier, the Yorkshire Evening Post has highlighted some of the biggest events of the festival.

Around 200 artists and bands will perform on Saturday, May 2 at venues across the city.

Previously, the YEP revealed that Wakefield band The Cribs would be performing Leeds Town Hall, backed by Palma Violets and Dutch Uncles.

After the demise of The Cockpit, which hosted dozens of gigs as part of the festival, the O2 Academy will host many of the music performances this year, with Dry the River and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes on the list.

Over at The Faversham at the University of Leeds campus, Libertines frontman Carl Bârat will perform backed by Pretty Vicious.

Barat will also be heading to Leeds Festival this summer for a performance with The Libertines.

Leeds Beckett University will host two stages jam-packed with rock bands.

And the University of Leeds will play host to Swim Deep – an indie pop group from Birmingham – who will headline proceedings.

The HiFi Club in the city centre will also see George the Poet step on stage with a set of spoken word social and political commentary.

The Ugandan-born Londoner was nominated for a Brit Award this year and was also recognised by MTV and the BBC.

Previously, the festival has included acts such as George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons and Sam Smith.

A spokesman said: “This is our best line-up to date and we cannot wait for May.”

n See today’s WOW 24/7 supplement in today’s YEP for more Live at Leeds news.