FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Live at Leeds 2016

The metropolitan festival is back in the hub of the city, celebrating its 10th year running. And as you might expect, the team at Live at Leeds are making this year’s festivities equally special and memorable, with what is their biggest and most ambitious line-up to date. The music festival falls on Saturday 30th April, with partner event Leeds Digital Festival running in the week prior (25th-29th April).

As we’re very much about championing new music, we wanted to get to grips with this year’s line-up and walk you through some of the must-see acts playing.


A band that are full of eccentricities that revel in left-field melody and experimentation, making ZoZo an impossible act to ignore. Their set promises to be like no other.


This sister duo bring addictively-strung sibling harmonies to upbeat folk instrumentation. Their set promises to be both enchanting, and a sweet sway of lush harmonic respite against the heavier sounds that make up this year’s bill.


Local lads and L.A.L alumni VITAMIN return to head up this year’s proceedings with their delectable indie pop. Sparks are sure to fly. A must see.

Treetop Flyers

This band will have all movin’ and groovin’ into the late hours with their wild rhythms, romantic melodies and soft nostalgic tones, think Future Islands mixed with Fleetwood Mac.

Spring King

Fast, frantic and totally thrilling. Spring King bring the cool edge to this year’s line up, the growing anticipation for their debut album and rolling manic energy of their live sets makes them one hot prospect.


Bringing the sensuality of the 80’s to the festival with her dreamy electro-pop is Shura. A must-see for all the lovers and hopeless romantics out there.

Natalie McCool

Liverpool’s Natalie McCool deals in intoxicating alt-pop. Her words permeate with deep resonance as she captures moments of romance, addresses fears and works through heartbreak. Watching her play live is the pathway to becoming a lifelong fan.


This Scottish siren will have you under her spell in an instant, with her bold confessionals on teenage life and affairs of the heart. KLOE is set for the big leagues, catch her here before she moves into the more appropriate arena-sized rooms.


The London-based foursome will enchant all that enter their musical space. Reference points to Palace and Wu Lyf are relevant here. Go watch ISLAND, that’s all.


Southend’s blossoming scene is spearheaded by two bands in particular, one of those bands being, Asylums. Their ferocious and unrelenting rock is sure to have all in the party mood, sign up now for the sweaty, beer-soaked good times that will follow.

For more info on Live at Leeds head HERE and for tickets go HERE. Tickets are priced at £32.50 for a Saturday wristband.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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