With Reading Festival weekend tickets now sold out and just four weeks remaining until early entry ticket holders begin to arrive for the Leeds Festival the line-up continues to grow with the announcement of many names on the BBC Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio in Leeds and more.
Now in its sixth year, BBC Introducing once again bring the best in emerging talent from across the UK to the festival, providing a powerful platform for up-and-coming artists with bands including Daughter, Don Broco, Everything Everything and Pulled Apart By Horses making their Leeds Festival debuts on this stage.
It’s the place to catch tomorrow’s headliners today and this year will feature brooding Wakefield indie rockers The Grand and Leeds-based duo Louisa Osborn and Chris Mulligan, aka Witch Hunt, who have been much talked about on the thriving West Yorkshire music scene. They won their place on the line-up by being runners-up in the Futuresound competition and also from that contest to make it to the festival are City of Lights, who are aiming to create their own brand of honest rock-pop, the innovative Modo Stare and Glass Caves, whose underground buzz spilt over to the masses in April when BBC Introducing gave the band their coveted BBC Radio 1 Playlist slot.
York’s King No-One were crowned the winners at the recent Martin House Centre Stage final, having beaten 10 other strong finalists from the West and North Yorkshire areas to earn a festival slot. Encompassing smooth chilled melodic vibes right through to raw expressive rock, the band are becoming well known in their home town for gathering huge crowds while busking.
Also on the BBC Introducing Stage over the three days of the August Bank Holiday festival are one of Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Discovery tips, Amber, from Nottingham and London; indie-pop band As Elephants Are; Torquay indie-pop five-piece Big Wave; Londoners Casablanca; melodic Welsh-based four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen; Glasgow’s Crusades, who offer up a big dose of post hardcore, high speed riffs; and 19-year-old East London singer-songwriter Denai Moore.
The line-up is further made up of Exeter rockers I Divide; West Midlands garage pop purveyors Jaws; Nottingham-born songsmith Joel Baker; up and coming rockers Lonely The Brave; alternative folk-rock quartet Man Can’t Fly; Newcastle’s feel-good Mausi; South Wales five-piece Peasants King; Scottish synth pop trio Prides; the hotly tipped Ruen Brothers; 17-year-old singer-songwriter Saint Raymond; Kent political punk duo Slaves; refreshing four-piece Sundara Karma; alternative rock band Theory 59; alternative pop duo Thumpers; producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Frank Pescod; 90s indie revivalists Tripwires; modern alternative rockers We Are Fiction; Dan Carter-supported trio We Are Knuckle Dragger; and Zaheer, who has been tipped as one of the UK’s most outstanding up-and-coming independent musicians and producers,
Leeds Festival will once again welcome the return of the influential and innovative Leeds-based record label Dance To The Radio, who will be taking over the BBC Introducing Stage on Thursday, August 22 and kicking off the weekend at Leeds in style with live bands Black Moth, The Crookes, Dutch Uncles, Hookworms and Leeds’ Menace Beach.
New additions to the festival line-up elsewhere include Benin City on the Radio 1 Dance Stage on Saturday, August 24 and Bipolar Sunshine, Stay Positive and Parachute Youth on the same stage the day before.
The Festival Republic Stage will now feature The Wytches on the Saturday and Leeds newcomers Battle Lines on the Friday, fresh from winning the recent Futuresound competition final in Leeds.