by Sophie Banks
As an award winning metropolitan festival which began in 2007, Live at Leeds’ aim has always been to showcase the best new emerging artists alongside more established acts around the world.
James, a student promoter for Live at Leeds said:
The aim of Live at Leeds is to create a fun atmosphere which helps bring people together and create unforgettable memories.
Over 200 artists and 10,000 music fans will join together at the festival in Leeds over the first bank holiday weekend in May with the main wristband event taking place on Saturday 5th May.
The festival is located in various music venues and event spaces around Leeds City Centre with the furthest being Brudenell Social Club, an award winning venue loved by bands, in Hyde Park.
Some of the artists involved are The Vaccines, Circa Waves, Peace, The Magic Gang and The Night Cafe among many others performing on the main event day.
Phoebe Green, who is performing on Saturday at the Leeds Beckett Union Stage 2, said:
I think it will allow me to expand my audience as festival slots always do; whether it be people passing by and popping their head in, or people waiting for a band they intended on watching. It is my biggest audience so far so I’m excited to see their response to some of my newer tunes. It’ll be nice to play to some new faces!
Live at Leeds is a core event in the 2018 programme of Leeds International Festival 2018 which is an annual celebration of new ideas, local creativity and international culture. It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances, new music, seminars and discussion.
Their goal is to inspire and grow communities by bringing people together and promoting the discovery and exchange of new ideas.
Some interesting events in the programme include ‘Sex Robots with Dr Kate Devlin’ (Tuesday 1st May), ‘Inner Vision Orchestra – the UK’s only ensemble of blind and visually impaired musicians’ (Tuesday 1st May) and ‘Empowering Women with Science & Tech – All day conference’ (Thursday 3rd May).
Leeds International Festival takes place from Saturday 28th April to Saturday 12th May.