Live At Leeds preview: Clay at Belgrave Music Hall

Leeds band Clay
Leeds band Clay
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One of the most-anticipated home grown talents to play this year’s Live at Leeds is Clay. Managed by the very person who broke the likes of The Libertines and The Enemy, this is one Leeds band that certainly appear to have a bright future ahead of them.

With such a great amount of A&R interest in them, you’d be surprised to hear from Joe, the lead singer that they have not yet even been together for 12 months. “We started rehearsing at the back end of June and then got our tracks together. We planned everything before we released the stuff, we wanted to come out quite strong in terms of shows and merchandise.”

With such a great amount of A&R interest in them, you’d be surprised to hear from Joe Harvey, the lead singer that they have not yet even been together for 12 months. “We started rehearsing at the back end of June and then got our tracks together. We planned everything before we released the stuff, we wanted to come out quite strong in terms of shows and merchandise.”

Harvey attributes Clay’s success in getting recognised very rapidly to the members being clued into the Leeds music scene. “When we came out as a band, we knew what avenues to sort of go down to get noticed in Leeds, like when we put the first Leeds show on sale it sold out almost immediately. It was great to play the first show to a sold-out to capacity crowd. It’s good to see that people are recognising out presence, really.”

Despite only having released a minute amount of material, you won’t find any covers in Clay’s set. “It’s quite an experience, our set, it’s very intricate,” begins Harvey. “We’re not about covers, it’s all original stuff. We’ve worked quite hard to make sure the set’s bulletproof. I think it’s the best set in the country, I honestly do.”

It’s this self-belief that has gotten Clay this far, and up appears to be the only way for this determined four piece, who will play the Belgrave Music Hall this Saturday as part of Live at Leeds. “I think that’s one of the biggest shows of the year, it’s looking like it’s going to be packed out, judging by people’s reactions.”

Clay are scheduled to play at Belgrave Music Hall at 1pm. For further details visit http://www.liveatleeds.com/artists/clay/

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