VIDEO: Hotly tipped Yorkshire bands to play Leeds Festival BBC Introducing stage

Hotly tipped Yorkshire bands have been announced to play the BBC Introducing stage at this year's Leeds and Reading Festivals.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 2:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 2:38 pm
The Blinders

Doncaster rockers The Blinders headline the stage in Leeds on Saturday - with same day appearances by Leeds based Fizzy Blood and Harrogate alternative pop duo Litany.

With their blend of proto-punk politics and psychedelia laden lyrics, The Blinders have taken the live circuit by storm

The Yorkshire acts will take the spotlight the previous night at the event's sister festival, taking place over the same weekend - August 24 to 26 - in Reading.

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Main stage headliners at Leeds include Kings Of Leon, Courteeners, The Vaccines (Friday, Aug 24), Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, The Kooks, The Wombats and Post Malone (Sat, Aug 25) and Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At The Disco and Dua Lipa...likes of Kate Nash headlining Festival Republic stage (Sun, Aug 26).

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More than 30 emerging artists will play the BBC Music Introducing stages.

Leeds Festival 2018 taking place August 24 to 26

Also announced are Sports Team, Bessie Turner, October Drift, Pizzagirl, Lady Bird, The Scruff, Valeras, Tiana Major9, Beth Thornton, Beach Riot, Malika, The Baskervilles, Stereo Honey and Sun Arcana, Yizzy, The Dunts, Skinny Pelembe, Nonamedisciple, Dylan Cartlidge and Sit Down.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens announced the acts but legendary secret sets are still to be revealed.

He said: “Playing at Reading and Leeds is a huge deal for everyone. The BBC Music Introducing stage is a platform for new artists, so to play it during the weekend stays with the bands for ever. This year is promising to be another great one!”

With more than 500,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader and over 200,000 artists registered since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing supports and propels emerging artists onto the national stage through BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, Radio 3, Asian Network and World Service.

BBC Music Introducing also provides up-and-coming artists with broadcast opportunities on television and online, as well as the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases.

Big name artists including Florence and The Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Slaves, Jack Garratt, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Rae Morris, James Bay, Izzy Bizu, George Ezra and South Yorkshire's latest chart stars The Sherlocks have all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers

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Fri, Aug 24 (Reading, Sun, Aug 26): Pizzagirl, Lady Bird, The Scruff, Valeras, Tiana Major9, Beth Thornton and October Drift.

Sat, Aug 25 (Reading, Fri, Aug 24): The Blinders, Fizzy Blood, Beach Riot, Malika, The Baskervilles, Stereo Honey, Litany and Sun Arcana.

Sun, Aug 2 (Reading, Sat, Aug 25): Bessie Turner, Yizzy, The Dunts, Skinny Pelembe, Nonamedisciple, Dylan Cartlidge, and Sit Down.