Live at Leeds has become a staple in the world of small festivals since its first occurrence in 2007, which was to coincide the 800th birthday of the city of Leeds itself.

In the last 12 years it’s evolved in to something far bigger that not only celebrates some of the top bands on offer from the UK and beyond, but supports and cultivates new talent. 2019’s edition of the festival will be no exception, as is boasts a killer line-up across more venues than ever before.

Historically, Live at Leeds has catered to those with a more alternative music taste. It still appeals mostly to this audience, of course, but the contemporary festival offers sets from artists performing all different kinds of genres — so whether you’re into pop, rock, rap or anything else, Live at Leeds has got you covered.

The headliners for the day will be Sundara Karma and Metronomy, who will no doubt wow their audiences as they close out the evening. It’s the up-and-coming talent you’ll want to sniff out though, in the hopes that you can get a taste of something new before they hit the big time. Scottish four-piece indie-rockers Alligator are one of our faves here at Highwire Magazine, as well as Manchester punks Faux Pas and 19-year-old singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri. Check out our top picks playlist here for more recommendations!

Artists will performing across nineteen stages this year, dotted around Leeds. For the most part these are walkable, but luckily the city offers excellent public transport links and even Uber in case you need to get anywhere in a hurry. As well as the expected places like the O2 Academy Leeds, The Wardrobe club, and the Leeds University student union, you can check out some of your favourite bands at some pretty interesting spots such as Church, a relatively new music venue converted from – you guessed it – a former church, and the Northern Guitars Café Bar because who doesn’t want to see bands play while (window) shopping for instruments?

Another fantastic benefit of a festival like Live at Leeds at that you’re not so restricted in where you can go. Some day festivals operate in a way that means you can’t leave the site once you’ve entered. Luckily, since this is a city centre festival, you may come and go from each venue as you please (subject to venue capacities). That means if you’ve got a gap in your schedule, you’re more than welcome to head to the pub or grab a bite to eat and refuel for the artist you want to see next!

Live at Leeds will take place at venues across Leeds on Saturday 4 May. Tickets are still available here — we hope to see you there!

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