With the countdown now well and truly on for the 2014 Leeds Festival the final stage line-up has been announced with acts confirmed for the BBC Introducing Stage.
This stage is home to the best in up and coming talent with previous Introducing acts including Jake Bugg, Catfish And The Bottlemen and Spector.
Topping the bill on Friday, August 22 are Scottish synth-pop trio and Island signees Prides who will come to the festival fresh from playing the Blink 182 Reading & Leeds warm-up shows at Brixton Academy.
Joining them are unsigned indie rock band Crystal Seagulls, hard working singer-songwriter Adam French, the live spectacle of Swansea based Cramps-esque punkers Heavy Petting Zoo, fiercely talented alternative songwriter Jack Garratt, Manchester’s future stars Man Made, Hull-based garage/punk band Mother, the BBC Radio 1Xtra playlisted talent of Esco Williams and the hauntingly beautiful music of Billie Marten and the raw.
Saturday’s line-up sees exciting BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra championed London soul singer Moko headlining.
Joining her will be alternative punk project The Bulletproof Bomb, Kent experimental rock group Broken Hands, the ambient neo-soul singing collective Lyves, 19-year-old folk-pop singer Rebecca Clements, the blues tinged and Tom Waits influenced sounds of John J Presley, the fiercely executed rap and powerfully emotive, catchy vocal melodies of Judge and The Jury, melancholic indie quintet Dancing Years, Buckinghamshire singer/songwriter Natasha North and fierce Scottish post hardcore band Shambles In A Husk.
Heading Sunday’s line-up is the delicate vocal style of Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator Rae Morris.
The thrilling and hotly tipped London slacker rock trio Happyness will join her alongside York band Hello Operator, ex-General Fiasco brothers Owen and Enda Strathern’s new band Oh Volcano, three piece Leicester music makers Juniors, upcoming songwriter and Enigma Dubz collaborator Lippi, the melodious pop of Liverpool’s Guardian championed trio All We Are, France formed Aussie and Brit four piece indie rockers Sunset Sons and the horror-influenced skate-punk of Cambridge four piece Bloody Knees.
The annual Futuresound Competition, offering the winner the chance to perform on the Festival Republic Stage and five runners-up the chance to open over on the BBC Introducing Stage saw Leeds’ piano bashing, rock ‘n’ roll five piece Carnabells come out on top to earn what is sure to be the opportunity of a lifetime over on the Festival Republic Stage.
But through to play on the BBC Introducing Stage on the opening day are West Yorkshire alternative five piece Allusondrugs and the mod sounds of Leeds’ Vendettas, who will be opening the stage.
The Saturday at Leeds sees self-proclaimed ‘Black Keys meets Nancy Sinatra’ trio Crybabycry open the stage while on the Sunday the post punk and pop of Tabloids and Forever Cult’s slow burning grunge kick off festivities.
Centre Stage 2014 winners GirlsOnDrugs have also been added to the bill. A collaboration between a boy and girl, the band have deep bass synths and dream-laced chords enlivened by the beautiful, sultry, vocal talents of Kat McHugh, whose voice dances from pure expression to melancholic yearning.
Jason Carter, head of live music & events, BBC Popular Music, said: “BBC Introducing are delighted to be bringing our stage to the festival for another year. Over the past few years it has been fantastic to see bands that have been completely unknown move up the stage at the festival, right up to the main stage, this is another phenomenal new band line-up.”
Weekend tickets are still available at £205 plus £8 booking fee with day tickets at £92.50 plus £7 booking fee. Ring 0871 2310821 or go online at www.festivalrepublic.com www.leedsfestival.com or See Tickets.
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