In a week that has been just a big comedown from Live at Leeds Weekend – it seems just about the right time to get our review of the weekend uploaded for all you beautiful people to see. We hope everyone had a wonderful day whichever bands you sure and I’m positive you’ll all agree this was the best Live at Leeds to date.
With wristband collection kicking off the day nice and smoothly (from what we could tell), with the sun shining on Leeds, and a certain buzz about the city that is all too often missing – it was clear from 11:30 on Saturday morning it was going to be a brilliant day. Our day got off to a great start at Headrow House watching the incredibly talented Kell. The Leeds band, albeit playing to a modest crowd, put on a super set with a stunning vocal performance to set the day up perfectly. When we first saw Kell at Oporto earlier in the year we tipped them for big things and their LAL set showed that even in the face of a poor crowd, they can blow people out of the water with their performance.
Next up was a band we’d only seen the night before in Newcastle. Despite a slow start due to technical difficulties, when the Fletcher Jackson Band finally got going it was very clear it was worth the wait. As The Chapel slowly filled up, the set grew and grew bringing rock n roll in a contemporary style to LAL. With witty remarks and the odd bit of forgetfulness, the set was a great one which concluded with the fabulous Live a Lie.
We then tried to get back into the same venue for Ten Tonnes another act we’d seen the night before. Unfortunately poor planning led to everyone wanting to get into the Chapel, in a queue for the Pigeon Detectives so we missed out on that. Instead we headed out to Headrow House to interview the incredible Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets who just happened to be in town which made the special day even more incredible.
Following that we headed to see H2N favourites JUDAS who blew the roof off the Nation of Shopkeepers. With a crowd probably double the size of what the venue could take, the band flew threw their set of huge tracks with new single Some People being the personal highlight. We genuinely mean it when we say this band are the real deal – they have charisma, talent and a load of flair that no other band at their level has so watch this space for huge things in 2017.
After Judas it felt like the day had really got going and we were fully immersed in the LAL atmosphere. What better way to calm down after sweating out to Judas by catching the end of the gorgeous Seafret set. We only caught two songs but they were breathtaking, Blank You Out was superb and the vocal performed was one of the best I’ve heard in 2017 so far.
We then headed to see a band I’ve been dying to see for some time, local indie hero’s Marsicans. With the indie track of 2017 Friends already to their name I was expecting a total indie fest – however this was one of the most musically sound and tight performances of the entire weekend. Soaring vocals complemented by stunning harmonies were only overshadowed by the bands musical ability to change instruments so smoothly. It was an inspired LAL performance and I cannot wait to see this band again.
By this point, the beers were flowing and excitement was running high for The Amazon’s. I first saw these guys last October and Nightdriving was one of our top songs of 2016 so naturally we were excited to see how they’d improved. In short – leaps and bounds. Adding recent tracks Black Magic and Junk Food Forever into the mix, the set was nothing short of Festival headline quality. Pure power and control coupled with a riotous crowd in the O2 Academy made for an almost perfect set (always room for improvement). We then headed up to our favourite venue in Leeds the Lending Room to see the fantastic Jordan Allen.
On the back of this year’s incredible EP Jordan was a force to be reckoned with at LAL and we had the genuine honour of interviewing him after the set. Explaining how he lost his father only last year that only makes the set even more special. For me it was the highlight set of the day and it’ll only be a matter of time before Jordan is a household name.
After an incredible curry (guilty) we headed to end our night at Leeds University Union to watch the superb Rag n’ Bone Man and Nothing But Thieves. Two incredible headline sets which proved to be battle of the vocals with the soulful, powerful tone of Rag n Bone Man up against the raw, passionate vocal of Conor Mason. Both artists blew the crowd away and was a perfect end to a perfect day at Live At Leeds. Keep an eye out for our big review of Maximo Park finale coming next week and see you all next year!