Live At Leeds 2018

Full to the brim with the very best new music names, Live At Leeds is once again the definitive destination to find the essential sounds for the year ahead – cementing its position as the leading new music event of 2018 with even more incredible names confirmed for 5 May, and their biggest lineup to date.

Topping the bill with what’s sure to be a definitive Live At Leeds moment on the brand new Leeds Festival Stage, guitar kingpins The Vaccines will roll into view with a set of explosive indie anthems that’ll have thousands singing along in unison. One of the most exciting British guitar bands of recent years, their electric presence has seen them travel the globe, with cuts like ‘If You Wanna’, ‘Teenage Icon’, ‘Handsome’, ‘Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and ‘Norgaard’ lighting up crowds with unparalleled ease. With new album ‘Combat Sports’ on the horizon and a new era for the band beckoning, The Vaccines next glorious step will be laid out in full as they return to top the bill at Live At Leeds.

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The Vaccines

Speaking about their headline slot at this year’s Live At Leeds, The Vaccines said:

“Whether at our own shows or at the festivals, Leeds has proved itself time and time again to be one of the best audiences in the world. We really mean that. It was the first chants of ‘YORKSHIRE’ in 2011 that made us feel like we’d truly arrived. Having spent most of last year living in Yorkshire too ,and recording our new album there, this will also be somewhat of a homecoming – even if only in our heads. We can’t wait.”

After a staggering 2017, Bristol punk starters Idles will head to Live At Leeds with one of the most formidable live shows going. Full of searing aggression and pulsating rock kicks, their debut album Brutalism became one of the most celebrated of last year, prepare yourselves for a live performance bound to blow the roof off with unbridled energy.

Blending influences, jack-in-a-box surprises and sugar coated hooks – Superorganism are one of the most talked about bands of the year so far. Coming together from a variety of different backgrounds and homes around the globe, the result is a band flowing with creativity and unabashed fun – calling to mind the infectious beats of The Avalanches. With hits like Something For Your M.I.N.D and Everybody Wants To Be Famous, Superorganism at Live At Leeds will be a colourful party not to miss.

Powerfully independent and a commanding modern voice of her own, Nadine Shah is one of the most critically adored artists of the past 12 months – spilling with a punk philosophy and an instantly recognisable sound. Pouring with tales of the here and now, her latest album Holiday Destination has taken Nadine to a whole new league, and her set at Live At Leeds is sure to be a spectacle of a true artist in full flight.

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Rae Morris

Equally as unmissable is returning pop groover Rae Morris, whose infectious next step has been met with vast acclaim since the release of second album Someone Out There. Excited to be returning to Leeds, Rae Morris said:

“I first played Live at Leeds in 2012 so I’m super happy to be returning again with new music. So many of my first gigging experiences happened around Leeds with it being one of the closest cities to Blackpool where I grew up. It’s a special place and audiences are always amazingly enthusiastic which I love.”

Blistering garage-rock favourites Yak are set to return at Live At Leeds this year, bringing their unpredictable and riotous live show to the city for a glimpse at where they go next after the huge success of debut album Atlas Salvation and recent YALA Records release All I Need Is Some Sunshine In My Life. Also promising a stunning kaleidoscope of infectious pop moments are Bad Sounds, revered for their emphatic live shows and glorious hooks with a slew of big-time hits already.  With uncontrollable energy flowing through anthems like Wages, Meat On My Bones and Are You High?, they’re set for huge things in 2018, and it starts at Live At Leeds.

Ensuring the very best in new music has a home across the city, Live At Leeds boasts the biggest lineup of established artists and future superstars all in one place. Building a loyal following through countless tours, the ramshackle sounds of Cabbage will head to Live At Leeds, promising an explosive show full of cuts from their upcoming debut album Nihilistic Glamour Shots.

Leeds-fans Cabbage said:

“We 5 mustache-teers are more than excited to be playing Live at Leeds this year. Leeds is a city that is close to our hearts as it functions as an alternative base for 40% of Cabbage. Nonetheless we will bring that devoured swashbuckling Mossley charm that everyone loves to make a noise about and deliver a music show that is choreographed to have the same effect as the brown noise. Bring Bog roll. See you at Leeds.”


Beloved alt-rock trio The XCERTS head to Live At Leeds this year, packed with anthems ready to be screamed along to from their latest storming album ‘Hold On To Your Heart’. Lucid dreamer Cosmo Pyke will be serenading the city faithful with his gorgeous indie-soul, showing why he’s set to be the next big creative force in British music, while the ripping riffs and crowd-moving kicks of King Nun will be lighting off with frenzied euphoria and proving why they’re set for the big time in 2018. In what’s sure to be one of the essential moments of the day, Liverpool phenomenon The Night Cafe will bring their immediate cocktail of soaring indie hooks and all-encompassing sounds to the festival, continuing their stunning rise as one of British guitar music’s next big sensations. Expect them to be the talk of the town at Live At Leeds this year.

These names join an already stunning bill leading the way in new music plus already announced returning game-changers such as Circa Waves, Peace, The Horrors, Ash and Pulled Apart By Horses to trailblazing new favourites such as The Magic Gang, Pale Waves, Blaenavon, Spring King, Anteros, Tom Walker, Ten Tonnes, Sam Fender, Will Heard, Louis Berry, Sorry, Boy Azooga, Alaskalaska, whenyoung, Bloxx, Yungblud, and many more – Live At Leeds is the celebration of new music that 2018 needs, and the first place to hear the essential sounds it has to offer.

Live at Leeds is a festival within Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, which celebrates local creativity and international culture whilst creating one of the biggest events in Leeds.

Tickets and further information here.

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Live At Leeds will take place in Leeds City Centre on Saturday 5 May 2018.