LIVE AT LEEDS: Read Our Preview Of The Event That Kicks Off The Festival Season

Published on 15 May 2024 at 18:00

By Craig McInnes


Once again festival season is upon us and we look towards one of the first festivals to kick us off and it lands on bank holiday weekend. Buried in the stunning surroundings of Leeds, Temple Newsam, it’s once again time for the Yorkshire festival gates to open. 


Live at Leeds is becoming a serious big hitter on the circuit and with the lineups getting bigger every year, the organisers are here to set the standards for festivals of its kind. With a stacked lineup, I’ll be taking a look at the must see acts across the weekend. 


With over 40 bands spread over 5 stages, festival goers are spoiled for choice for acts covering different sounds of the indie scene - from the newcomers to the festival veteran’s, Live at Leeds has you covered. 


First up in the early hours on the afternoon see’s Glasgow superstar Dylan John Thomas take to the main stage. The solo artist has quickly risen up through the ranks and is set to take on his biggest ever headline show later in the year when he headlines the Ovo Hydro in his hometown. 


From the mean streets of Glasgow city centre to the biggest stages across the UK, Dylan has shown that his hard work has paid off and is rightly noted as one of Scotlands best and brightest acts around. Seen with fellow Scots in Gerry Cinnamon & Rianne Downey, his collaborations have been just some of the high achievements he has for such a young artist. 


Next we have Baby Queen, an artist that’s caught the eyes of many and is rising to whole new levels that’ll see her take on new festivals this summer including her first trip to the USA. Singer Arabella Latham built Baby Queen as a character, a magnetic pessimist with nihilistic tendencies who’s always the life and soul of any party. Surrounded by music growing up, she has taken her own reigns and continued a joyful path in the industry. 


With two albums already under her belt and a loyal to the core fans base, there’s a bright future to what has so far been an incredible career for the South African and her Live at Leeds set is set to be special as she makes her main stage debut. 


From the main stage to the tents now and Irish singer Orla Gartland is taking the indie scene by storm. Following her debut album ‘Woman on the Internet’ reaching number 1 in the U.K. indie charts in 2021, she’s built her own empire after going viral with several singles. 


She is building on her time as a YouTube star as she takes on the world with her mix of effortlessly warm folk and pop with nods to alt-rock influences. Making her Live at Leeds debut, her set will be a certain packed show. 


Notable names amongst the bill are festival veterans White Lies - a band who have been absent from the festival scene after a lengthy break, their live shows are filled with passion and energy that’s equally matched by the crowd. 


To headliners and it’s a welcome return for local boys The Cribs. The Wakefield icons have returned from a short hiatus that will see them take on a special weekend. A headline set in Leeds follows a special anniversary show in Liverpool the night before as they celebrate 20 years of ‘The Cribs’ & ‘New Fellas’ with a special One Night in The Olympia. 


The Yorkshire punks are no strangers to big Leeds shows and their iconic sets are always filled with constant energetic action both on and off stage. You can expect plenty of mosh pits, bouncing and even crowd surfers for the duration of this - the tent will be sweaty and rammed, is there anywhere else you’d rather be? 


Being the first festival of the summer (for the U.K. at least) Live at Leeds have the chance to showcase exactly why they’ll be the ones kicking things off in the glorious Yorkshire sun. 


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