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Live At Leeds 2017 Preview

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There’s always a sense of excitement that comes with the start of a new year; music fans across the country eagerly await the line-ups for summer festivals.  Rumours abound for weeks on who might be making an appearance at the plethora of events which will be taking place up and down the UK (and abroad, if you’re adventurous) - and as the announcements are made, the excitement is heightened by the fact that you can almost reach and and grab the summer season in front of you.

Live at Leeds, held over the first May bank holiday, is always one such event for us.  Perhaps the giddiness is aided by the fact there are not one, but two days off in May; but it’s one festival that guarantees a great day out with a really good mix of music to keep you going.  

In a similar vein to Tramlines and Dot to Dot, Live at Leeds embraces the venues across its city; from tiny underground bars to larger venues like the University of Leeds - and everything in between.  There’s something for every taste and there’s a well-curated list of artists to entertain you through the day, be it an up and coming unsigned act or your favourite Top 40 band.  You can plan your day out to suit your own schedule - hey, you can even stop for a pub lunch and/or kebab on the way round.  

This year is no exception.  Highlights for us include the return of Get Inuit, who we discovered at LAL 2015.  Their infectious guitar pop comes in quick, rather noisy, bursts - in a good way, of course.  Alongside them, Let’s Eat Grandma; we reviewed their debut album last year and would love to see them recreate their mad, whimsical music in a live environment, particularly because so many instruments are involved in each track.  Bigger acts include Jagwar Ma, Gabrielle Aplin and Temples, whilst Slaves, White Lies, Wild Beasts, Nothing But Thieves, and the rather well booked ahead-of-time Rag’n’Bone Man complete the eclectic line-up.

With the last acts on the line-up being announced this week - Frightened Rabbit and  amongst them - you’re now in prime position to make the shortlist of bands you want to see.  Venues and times are still to come, the hardest part now will be working out how many bands you can squeeze into your day.

If the prospect of the main event leaves you wanting more, the festival is sandwiched with two gigs - the Live at Leeds Welcome with Future Islands on Friday 28th April, and Maximo Park close the weekend on Sunday 30th.  You’d be hard pushed to find something you don’t like.

Live at Leeds takes place on Saturday, April 29th. Tickets cost £32.50 and are available at various outlets - check www.liveatleeds.com for more information.


Skinny Living reveal new single ahead of upcoming EP

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Skinny Living are set to release their new single 'Only I' this Friday August 26 via the band's own label Orange Room Records.

The track is taken from the Wakefield based band's debut EP, III, also out this Friday.

The track reflects on a time when vocalist Ryan Johnston found himself in a tricky situation with some local hard men and someone placed a gun in front of him and said, "This is how you sort this." "I thought, 'I am not that person,'" he remembers. "It was a major wake up call, but the song's about how easy it is for any of us to go down that rabbit hole, and find ourselves in these sort of situations."

You can listen to 'Only I' below:


Having played plenty of festivals this summer including Live at Leeds, Dot To Dot, The Great Escape, Barn on the Farm, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Boardmasters and forthcoming appearances at Reeperbahn and more, the band are due head out on a 13-date UK and Ireland tour in October including a headline show at The Lexington, London.

Live Dates:
11th - The Albert, Brighton
12th - The Louisiana, Bristol
14th - Voodoo, Belfast
15th - Whelans (Upstairs), Dublin
17th - The Cookie, Leicester
18th - The Cluny, Newcastle
19th - Broadcast, Glasgow
21st - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
22nd - The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
24th - The Lexington, London 
25th - Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
26th - New Adelphi - Hull
28th - Stylus, Leeds

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