Five of the Best: Live at Leeds 2018

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Live at Leeds returned last weekend, with its biggest and best line-up to date. Festival-goers were spoilt for choice, with a plethora of venues hosting both up and coming artists as well as some of the more established names in UK indie & rock. We’ve narrowed it down to the five stand-out acts of the weekend – who did you enjoy most?

Rising West Lothian indie band, The Snuts have already made their mark on Scotland. With sold out Scottish shows under their belt, it was time for the band to venture further south, playing to a full house at the Key Club, Leeds. Reaffirming the fact that ‘Glasgow’ is a stone cold indie classic in the making, the setlist went down a treat, with hits including ‘The Matador’ and ‘What’s Going On?’. One to watch for sure!

The day after releasing their third record, ‘Kindness is the New Rock n Roll’, Peace played a midday set at the O2 Academy for Live at Leeds. If it wasn’t unequivocally clear already, the Worcestershire four-piece cemented themselves as one of the best live indie bands around at the minute. Who knows, maybe after one or two more albums we could be looking at potential major festival headliners…

The new kids on the block; The Magic Gang lived up to the hype. With a debut album reminiscent of the likes of ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ and ‘Tourist History’, the Brighton lads boast hit after hit on their self-titled record. This is why it’s not surprise that their Live at Leeds set was one of the highlights of the day. The Magic Gang are certainly one of indie’s brightest hopes at the minute.

The headline act was The Vaccines, fresh from the release of their fourth album ‘Combat Sports’. Oozing confidence and stage presence, it was a coming of age for Justin Young and co at the O2 Academy on Saturday night. Showcasing the credentials of ‘Your Love Is My Favourite Band’ and ‘I Can’t Quit’ as live party anthems, the set was scintillating from start to finish.

Manchester’s rising indie band Pale Waves are due to release their debut album in 2018, and after being nominated in the Sound of 2018 poll they come surrounded by plenty of hype. Wrapping up proceedings at the iconic Brudenell Social Club, the band brought their catchy, indie pop set to a Leeds crowd who were by no means showing signs of tiredness after a long day. It’s going to be a great year for Pale Waves!

Sean Marsh

Sean Marsh

Founding Editor of Northern Chorus

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