Spring has officially sprung, and the festival season is now so tantalisingly close now you can virtually feel the buzz of the amps being plugged-in for an electric summer of live music ahead. Officially named ‘The Best Festival For Emerging Talent’ at the UK Festival Awards this year, in 2019 Live At Leeds will once again be putting its money where its mouth is with a staggering bill of the freshest new bands shaping-up to define the musical landscape for the year ahead. We’ve cherry picked just five artists that you cannot afford to miss at this year’s event. Check them all out!

Dream Wife – 3:30pm-4:15pm – Momentum & Independent Stage (LBSU)

Female punk-rock is back and is louder than ever. I’ve been waiting for so long for a killer band doing exactly what Dream Wife are doing so it’s refreshing they’ve been recognised by LAL for this year’s lineup. The three-piece, who have one hell of a social media following are playing the festival on the back of a sold-out Wardrobe show and a huge support slot with Liam Gallagher at Finsbury Park – all signalling the immense talent the band have. Playing early in the day, the band have few clashes with quality acts so getting to LBSU is an absolute priority if you want to catch a band we genuinely believe are real festival headliners.

Far Caspian – 7:00pm-7:30pm – BBC Introducing Stage (Oporto)

So many bands on this years LAL lineup have been featured several times on our website and one that has a regularly quarterly post courtesy of Chris, is Leeds’ own Far Caspian. The band have an eclectic sound that isn’t pinned down to a decade or a distinct influence, making them one of the lineups most dynamic artists. Think MGMT, mixed with Empire of the Sun, and a bit of Tame Impala, and you get some way to understanding how intricate and musical this group are. This is sure to be a lively one with a huge home crowd expected in Oporto for the “melenjolly” bands set.

Hot Milk – 5:00pm-5:30pm – The Key Club

I have few words for how incredible the rise of Hot Milk has been since they announced their arrival at the very end of last year. Already with support slots with YMA6 in Europe, Deaf Havana across the UK, and Foo Fighters announced in August, it’s quite incredible what this four-piece have achieved in little over three months. Describing themselves as emo-powerpop, Hot Milk have released two killer singles to date (Awful Ever After and Take Your Jacket) and with Dan P Carter already on board, NME naming them one of the bands to watch this year and Alex Baker (Kerrang) endorsing them like crazy, this band are without doubt one of the most exciting around. This time next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this band on top of this bill, Slam Dunk and Leeds Festival, so catch them at Key Club before they blow up!

The Pearl Harts – 1:00pm-1:30pm – Hyde Park Book Club

Deap Valley were a band that never quite reached the dizzying heights many predicted. It’s therefore vital we have another band making similar, but distinct music to try and plug that punk gap currently missing in the music industry. The Pearl Harts are that band; a female two-piece that are Royal Blood esque in style but The Kills in execution. The duo already have a support slot with Garbage under their belts and are a real force to be reckoned with. Kirsty and Sara manage to channel the best in 70s rock with fresh current rock vibes and despite their size – pack a punch full of huge guitar riffs and a noise you almost can’t believe is being created by a duo.

Skinny Living – 4:00pm-4:45pm – NME Stage (LUU)

Our final pick for this year’s LAL, is the band that kicked things off with the LAL launch at The Wardrobe this year, Skinny Living. The Wakefield band have a real, early Kodaline feel mixed with the vocals of a Tom Odell or Irish duo Hudson Taylor. Listening to this band leaves you relaxed but invigorated and they are an outfit that pack emotion, raw feeling and passion into beautifully crafted tracks, made for the live stage. Still unsigned, the band have amassed a huge social following and Ryan Johnston and co. will be heading out across the UK this year on their biggest tour to date. This is sure to be a memorable Yorkshire set that will signal the start of an epic evening session at LUU.

With a mouth watering selection of 100+ artists performing at 21 venues across this city this May, fans can now find out exactly where and when to catch all of their favourite bands at the 2019 edition by downloading the Live At Leeds App here: http://smarturl.it/LIVEATLEEDS19APP.

With some of the biggest and most exciting names in new music setting up shop across the city, Live At Leeds 2019 will prove why its award-winning reputation stands tall like no other – start planning your dream festival day now



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