Live at Leeds: Review

Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the festival showcased the first glimpse of talent set to sweep festivals across the country this summer. With our feet still recovering and wristbands still on, let’s reminisce.

It’s safe to say Leeds was buzzing; with many of the venues reaching their full capacity throughout the day.  Here’s what we managed to catch:

Sports Team hosted an intimate pop up gig – and by intimate, I mean in the middle of Leeds busiest shopping street. Although, front man Alex Rice had no trouble keeping Briggate captivated with his honest lyrics and ‘interesting’ dance moves.

Alex Rice from Sports Team, performing at Live at Leeds (Credit: Lucy Munday)

We also managed to sneak into Sam Fender’s set at the O2 Academy. With the venue full before he even set foot on stage, you can imagine the excitement when he hit the crowd with his newest single Hypersonic Missiles. Sam’s political lyrics and attitude on modern life was refreshing and we can certainly see why he is selling out venues around the country. Ending his set in style, Sam and his band took on the role of Oasis and performed a cover of the huge track- ‘What’s the Story Morning Glory’. We were pretty impressed.

Sam Felder, at Live at Leeds festival (Credit: Lucy Munday)

We also witnessed punk rock band, Dream Wife, attempt to scream the roof off Leeds Beckett University. Somehow the trio of sassy individuals manage to promote equality and hard-hitting issues through their music whilst having a great time and getting the whole room dancing.

Tom Grennan, at Live at Leeds festival (Credit: Lucy Munday)

Finally, we caught Tom Grennan’s mega headline set. The man-of-the-moment 2018, still has crowds magnetised with over 2000 people present for his return to Live at Leeds. Beginning his set with only his guitar and raw, captivating voice, Tom confirms his undeniable talent and incredible vocals. After a few tear-jerking solos, he was joined by his equally talented band who rolled straight into a catalogue of hits. By the end there wasn’t one person stood still, especially for his explosive single ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’. 

A great way to end a very successful day and another Live at Leeds complete.

By Lucy Munday

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