More than 70 bands announced for Live at Leeds

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Scores of headline acts and hometown newcomers have been announced for the 10th anniversary of city centre music festival Live at Leeds.

The 73 artists revealed included big names Mystery Jets, Ghostpoet, Blood Red Shoes and Los Campesinos, who will join chart-topper Jess Glynne and indie rock stalwarts We Are Scientists as headliners.

The festival, held across a number of venues, will also showcase some of the most promising new musicians to emerge from Leeds, including Vitamin, Carnabells, Fighting Caravans, Forever Cult and TUSK.

At the announcement, hosted at the Wardrobe bar in St Peter’s Square, Vitamin vocalist Jared Laville, from Roundhay, said: “When we were just starting out, to play Live at Leeds was like the Holy Grail.

“The great thing about it is the way the bigger acts draw people in and create a sense of prestige for the smaller ones.

“Last year we played Stylus at the University of Leeds and it was great to do a home crowd festival appearance. It was the biggest gig we had played and we saw so many people we knew.”

Carnabells guitarist Mitch Thompson said: “You really can’t compare it – when you are playing to a home crowd you’re playing to all the people who have been there since the start.”

Keyboardist Jack Mattison, also from Carnabells, said: “Live at Leeds is testament to how much prestige the city has – the underground is buzzing all the time.

“For a music fan it’s like Christmas Day. Everywhere you go there’s something and it sucks bands in from everywhere.”

The list of headliners will be completed by Blossoms, Circa Waves and Band of Skulls.

Previous performers that have gone on to become household names include Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, Rudimental and Clean Bandit.

Lead booker Andy Smith said: “It feels like a great achievement to have grown what was originally a four venue bill to what it is today.

“We have seen some great names grace our stages over those 10 years and I’m really looking forward to this year and what will hopefully be our biggest event yet – it really feels like we are stepping up another level.”

Live at Leeds will take place April 30, over the May Day Bank Holiday.

Tickets are £32.50 and available at venues throughout the city, including the 02 Academy, Crash Records and Jumbo Records, or online at www.lunatickets.co.uk.

Visit www.yorkshireveningpost.co.uk for the full lineup.

Full lineup:

Anteros, Asylums, Autobahn, Babeheaven, Barns Courtney, Beach Baby, Beaty Heart, Blaenavon, Cameron AG, Cape Cub, Chiara Hunter, Dear Friends, Declan McKenna, Estrons, Fews, Fighting Caravans, Flawes, Fletcher Jackson, Forever Cult, Fronteers, George Cosby, George Taylor, Georgie, Hannah Lou, Clark, Haus, Hidden Charms, Holy Esque, Inheaven, Isaac Gracie, James TW, John Joseph Brill, Joseph J. Jones, Kagoule, Kleine, Schweine, Kloe, Meilyr Jones, Miamigo, Milk Teeth, Mullally, Natalie McCool, Pumarosa, Raphaella, Rhys Lewis, Samm, Henshaw, Seramic, Slutface, Strange Bones, The Indigo Project, The Jacques, Trash, Tusk, Viola Beach, Vitamin, Where Fires Are, Carnabells, Caro, Catholic Action, Cattle & Cane, White, Willie J Healey, Zuzu

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