MUSIC fans were today given the lowdown on the hot 100 acts that will help kickstart this year’s festival season in Leeds.
Libertines star Carl Barat, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes and hometown favourites Eagulls are among dozens of performers confirmed for Live At Leeds 2015.
Taking place this year for the ninth time, the hugely-popular annual festival will run from May 1 to 4.
Other acts announced today include Dry The River, Dutch Uncles, Emmy The Great, Hookworms, Lawson, Spector, Sunset Sons, Swim Deep and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
The festival’s head booker and promoter, Andy Smith, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Live At Leeds is a great platform for emerging talent, if you take the time to go and seek out some of the artists you’ve never heard of before on our line-up you may well just find the next big thing.
“I looked at the 2013 line-up the other day, a little known Sam Smith was listed down in the bottom tier and played Holy Trinity Church at 4pm, just after George Ezra and Nick Mulvey performed on the same bill.”
Andy added: “It’s great for the region to be able to bring all these bands together.”
Fans buying a £27.50 wristband will be able to attend as many gigs as they want on the festival’s Saturday, when 200 acts will be playing on 20 stages in more than a dozen venues across the city.
The rest of the line-up for the event is due to be announced over the coming weeks.
For further information, visit the www.liveatleeds.com website.
Live At Leeds is organised by promotions company Futuresound Events Ltd.
Its sponsors and partners are Heineken, Blacks Solicitors, Trinity Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council as well as the YEP.
For ticket details visit: www.lunatickets.co.uk
Live At Leeds’s status as one of the highlights of the country’s music calendar was underlined at the end of last year when it won an award for Best Metropolitan Festival.
The event took the prize at the UK Festival Awards, which were held at London’s Roundhouse venue in December and presented by Fun Lovin’ Criminals star Huey Morgan.
Live At Leeds saw off competition from shortlisted rivals including Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and the Whitby Goth Weekend.