Leeds Festival Adds Co-Headliners to Line-up

March 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm , by Blue

Leeds Festival

Yesterday evening it was announced that Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore will be co-headlining the Saturday day of Leeds Festival, which is to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Speaking to NME, event organiser, Melvin Been, said that the two bands may in fact take turns to go on last when they play at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, “When I told them we have two sites and they could essentially swap who goes on last each date, they loved the idea,” Benn told NME. “We’re just working out the minor details now.”

Interestingly this is the first time that the event will enjoy a female-fronted headliner since Garbage took to the stage back in 1998 (16 years ago).

Joining the two headliners will be the Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 with support from the likes of Jake Bugg, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Bombay Bicycle Club and Cage the Elephant amongst others.

But for those who aren’t up to date on rock bands, which ones are particularly worth seeing?

Aside from the headliners, there are a number of bands currently added to the line-up that are well worth checking out:

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend – A Punk

Having just released their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend have enjoyed both critical and chart success over the past year and will be looking to make an impact over the summer.

Typically indie, with a few baroque beats in accompaniment, they probably the most interesting band to investigate if you are looking for a good time.

Peace

Peace – Follow Baby

With just one album to their name, the Worcester band started to gain ground throughout 2012 before hitting it big early last year.

With their sound drenched in 90’s grunge and psychedelia (finding a neat solution between the two), Peace are the band to see if you fancy rekindling something that you may not have felt, or heard, in twenty years.

Chvrches

Chvrches – The mother we share

Another band with but one album under their name, the Chvrches are one of the hottest things to come out of Scotland in the past two years.

By fusing together synthpop and a dash of electronica, the band have won a string of awards as well as coming fifth in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll and are not something to miss if you’re searching for something a little different from the rest of the line-up.

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Why Leeds Will be Better Than London in 2014

February 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm , by Blue

Though London had the pleasure of hosting the Olympic games back in 2012, this year, it is Leeds’ turn to shine with an array of sporting, artistic and musical events happening throughout the year.

Here are some of the best:

BBC Philharmonic – February

Orchestra

One of the most prestigious orchestras in the UK is making its way to Leeds in just a few days.

Performing at Leeds Town Hall on 22 February, Paul Daniel leads the orchestra through Shostakovich, Barber and Rachmaninov.

With tickets ranging from £12.50-£31.50, a pre-concert talk is also to take place in the Albert Room at 6:45pm.

The talk is free for concert holders, though space is limited. Anastasia Belina-Johnson shall discuss the evening’s works.

Live at Leeds – May

Taking place on 2-5 May, Live at Leeds is a festival of music that takes place throughout a variety of locations in and around the city centre.

Now in its seventh year, the event has in its short history enjoyed acts such as Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ed Sheeran.

This year, the festival includes groundbreaking acts such as Yuck, Albert Hammond Jr, Kodaline and Blood Red Shoes, making it one of the biggest festivals in UK for anyone looking to enjoy a little indie rock and roll.

For more information about who is playing, or to buy a ticket, see the official site.

Tour de France – July

Tour de France Yorkshire

With Yorkshire having recently been voted as the best place in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, this couldn’t be made truer thanks to the fact that the Tour de France shall start in the very centre of Leeds in July.

Scheduled to begin on 5 July, stage 1 encompasses a 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate with stage 2 taking place the very next day, with a 200km trek from York to Sheffield.

For more information on the event, take a look through the official site.

Leeds Festival – August

Leeds Festival

One of the most important music festivals in the UK, the event is set for the August bank holiday weekend and once more finds its home in the prestigious Bramham Park.

With plethora of international acts including Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, and Of Mice and Men, this year promises to be one of the biggest festivals of recent years.

For more information, or to buy tickets (including the new £50 ticket deposit scheme), click here.

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Discover Leeds: Where to go and What to do

October 8, 2013 at 10:10 am , by Blue

Leeds Townhall

Though of course, Leeds city centre is a treasure trove of shops, restaurants and entertainment, very little love is given to the suburbs or outskirts of Leeds where there is much to see and do.

Here is a quick guide to the outskirts of one of Britain’s most exciting cities:

Headingley

Headingley

A great place to party if you are in your early twenties; Headingley is known locally as ‘the student quarter’ and is home to undergraduates from both of the city’s universities.

As the suburb is full of people who like to study as well as party, Headingley is also a great place to wander independent bookshops and cafes if you like to relax and learn with a coffee and bun at your table.

One of the most notable attractions is of course the independent Cottage Road Cinema. One of the oldest cinemas in the UK, the art house is a fantastic place to pass a couple of hours if you don’t want to spend extraordinary amounts of money in the usual chain cinemas.

If you enjoy your sports, then you may also be glad to know that Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club are all based in Headingley.

Chapel Allerton

Chapel Allerton

Somewhere that is a tad more mature, Chapel Allerton is a place where post graduates and young professionals go to live after finishing university.

Peppered with friendly pubs and attractive restaurants, the place is renowned for keeping its village atmosphere despite having been enveloped by the city over the past few years.

With the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival taking place every summer, the inner suburb offers a gentle mix of culture and is a great place to have a relaxing drink on a summer afternoon.

Ilkley and Harrogate

Ilkley and Harrogate

Though neither town is strictly in Leeds, they are both only a twenty minute train journey away and are superb places to visit if you fancy somewhere a little highbrow.

With the Harrogate Flower Show and Ilkley Literature Festival both planned for the coming year, both towns provide visitors with a wealth of art and entertainment; great if you’re searching for leisurely activities.

And if that doesn’t grab you, Harrogate is also celebrated for its shopping centre, and the outskirts of Illkley offers natural beauty that is unparalleled.

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