Live At Leeds Announces First Acts!

Renowned as the first place to hear the essential sounds of the year ahead, LIVE AT LEEDS returns in 2019 with its biggest lineup to date – bringing together the names and bands that’ll be on everyone’s lips for the next 12 months, and the chance to find your new favourite band first for a day of live music like no other.

The home of new music, it all begins at Live At Leeds.

Heading up the lineup this year are some of Live At Leeds’ true success stories, led by returning guitar heroes Sundara Karma. Since forming in Reading, their blend of infectious hooks and direct lyrics have taken on the globe – with a debut album that took them to headline nights at London’s Brixton Academy and beyond. After returning last month with the mesmerising Illusions and a hotly anticipated second album on the cards for next year, their set at Live At Leeds is bound to be an unmissable spectacle of what a band can be in 2019.

One of the most acclaimed and creative bands of the past decade, Metronomy will return in 2019 to open up a bold new chapter. Formed in the creative mind of frontman/band leader Joe Mount, their tear-stained lines of indie heartbreak have become a signature sound – with five studio albums morphing and growing into swaggering neon-pop with a catalogue of anthems to boot. An unmissable live act, Live At Leeds 2019 will be in for a treat when Metronomy come to town.

Tom Grennan is arguably the breakout artist of 2018, with an incredible year that has sent him to some of the biggest stages in the UK. After scooping a Top 5 Album with debut LP Lighting Matches, Tom has packed rooms across the country – with his gravel-smooth voice and unstoppable stage presence making him one of the most beloved songwriters that the UK has seen in quite some time. Bound to bring passion and charm to Live At Leeds 2019, he’s one only set to get bigger and bigger from here on out.

Across venues and locations around the city, Live At Leeds is full of unmissable moments – with a host of the finest in fresh and exciting music lining up for 2019. No comebacks in the indie world may be as anticipated for 2019 than Swim Deep, who across two studio albums have set themselves from the back with their dreamy and boundary-pushing sound. After time away, you can guarantee their set at Live At Leeds 2019 will be one packed to the rafters as Birmingham’s finest return to the fray in style. An act stamping their own mark on the world around them, Dream Wife stand as a vital act of current times. Combining punk spirit, a take no prisoners live show and a revered debut album to boot and you can guarantee they’ll go down a storm come May 4th.

Always changing and with something different around every corner, Live At Leeds packs in a vast array of bands and acts reshaping genre and styles. Scrappy South-Londoners Goat Girl have made a name for themselves with their fresh and unique take on what a guitar band can be, and their forward-thinking but raw set is bound to provide a moment unlike anyone else. Shining a light on the best the city itself has to offer, Leeds’ very own Marsicans will be on hand to celebrate at Live At Leeds 2019 as they sit on the cusp of a huge year with their sharp and sweet pop hooks.

The ultimate all-dayer, Live At Leeds remains unmatched as the leading light of live music and inner-city fun.

The starting gates to the summer ahead, Live At Leeds 2019 soundtracks a city soaring with the best in new and now.

Looking ahead to Live At Leeds 2019, Festival Director Andy Smith said:
“It’s really good to see breakthrough artists coming back for 2019, both Sundara Karma and Tom Grennan cut their teeth at the event making their first appearances in 2016 and ’17 respectively. They’ve both had a great few years, selling out Leeds Academy and enjoying critical acclaim since their last LAL appearances; it’s amazing to welcome them back topping the bill. We see Metronomy return to Leeds for the first time since 2014, which will be a personal highlight, and local talent is represented well with Leeds men of the moment Marsicans leading the regional names. There are emerging artists on this announcement with huge buzz around them at the moment like Easy Life, Heavy Lungs and Sports Team, and this is just the first wave of names, there is plenty more to be announced!

Tickets for Live At Leeds 2019 are on sale now, starting from £36 + Booking Fee – available from https://www.liveatleeds.com/

First Acts Announced:

Sundara Karma / Tom Grennan / Metronomy

Black Honey / Dream Wife / Goat Girl / Ibibio Sound Machine / Swim Deep
Easy Life / Eli Ingram / Gengahr / Lauren Aquilina / Marsicans

Aaron Smith / Aeris Roves / Alligator / Another Sky / Beabadoobee / Benin City
Big Society / Bilk / Black Belt Eagle Scout / Chappaqua Wrestling
Dancing On Tables / Far Caspian / Fuzzy Sun / Gently Tender / Giant Rooks
Greatest Hits / Heavy Lungs / Horror My Friend / Household Dogs / Ivory Wave
Jeffe / Kawala / Kingswood / Lauren Hibbard / Lucas Watt / Mae Muller
Malena Zavala / No Hot Ashes / Ormstons / Retro Video Club / Sad Boys Club
Saint Agnes / Saltwater Sun / Sports Team / Squid / Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Sun Silva / Swimming Girls / Tamu Massif / Teeff / The Dunts / The Mysterines
The Pearl Hearts / The Skinner Brothers / Thyla / Walt Disco / Wild Youth / Zuzu

Live at Leeds is a part of Leeds International Festival 2019.

Leeds International Festival is an annual celebration of new ideas, local creativity and international culture taking place May 2nd till May 12th 2019. The first festival took place in 2017.

It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances, new music, seminars and discussion. The goal is to inspire and grow communities by bringing people together and promoting the discovery and exchange of new ideas, whilst creating one of the biggest events in Leeds.

The festival is funded via Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID).