LIVE REVIEW: Live At Leeds Festival 2018


Kicking of the May bank holiday weekend in style last Saturday was Live At Leeds Festival 2018. The sun was shining making it perfect weather for exploring the 19 venues playing host to this years incredible lineup.

Opening this years festival were Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. Kicking off the show at the Key Club the band fronted by Sam Duckworth, were greeted to a huge crowd packing out the small basement venue. The band had the audience moving immediately with songs like ‘VHS Forever’ from their 2018 album release ‘Young Adult’Performing a string of fan favourites with material old and new including the classic ‘War Of The Worlds’ the band went down a treat with the early crowd and certainly set the festival off in style.

Next up on the Key Club stage were Babyteeth. It’s safe to say this band have an incredible stage presence and with powerful vocals and angsty lyrics to match its no surprise that Babyteeth brought in another huge crowd. Lead vocalist Camilla Roholm oozes confidence as the band perform some of their new material set to be released soon.

Walking up to the Leeds Festival Stage at the 02 Academy it was clear to see that many of the festival-goers came to Leeds to see PEACE.  The venue queue trailed across nearby streets, barriers bursting at the seams with eager fans trying to make it in before the set begun. The energy inside the venue was electric as PEACE strolled out onto the stage. The indie rock band performed some of their most popular songs including ‘Lost On Me’ and ‘Perfect Skin’ alongside new tracks from their album ‘Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll’ which has just been released.

My Live At Leeds set of the year was Sunset Sons. The bands on stage energy transferred immediately to the crowd who were hooked on their every word. Performing old fan favourite hits such as ‘She Wants’ alongside their newer material the bands entire set was polished to perfection.

After a few technical difficulties next on the Leeds Festival Stage was Dermot Kennedy. The Irish songwriters voice filled the venue whilst managing to make a large venue feel incredible intimate. His live performance seems influenced by spoken poetry, this teamed with Kennedy’s beautifully arranged vocals and accompanying band made for a perfect festival set.

Throughout the years Live At Leeds Festival has gone from strength to strength and this year was no exception with their biggest lineup yet and more venues than ever there really is something for everyone at this festival. Festival goers were treated to an incredible day of live music which left the city buzzing.

Follow The Bands / Festival –
Live At Leeds Festival // @liveatleedsfest
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly // @forgetcape
Babyteeth // @babyteethmusic
Sunset Sons // @SunsetSons
Dermot Kennedy //@dermkennedy

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