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Festival: Live At Leeds, Frightened Rabbit, VANT, The Hunna & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Festival: Live At Leeds, Frightened Rabbit, VANT, The Hunna & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Already boasting an incredible day and night of invigorating new music and classic live moments, Live At Leeds has further cemented its position as the defining kick-off for the summer, with a string of new names joining the stellar bill of future stars and revered favourites.

Frightened Rabbit play the main stage at Boardmasters 2013, Newquay, Cornwall, Friday 9th August 2013. (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)
Frightened Rabbit (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Leading the latest additions are cult Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit, bringing their emotional and passionate live show to Leeds city centre in what’s sure to be a truly defining moment of the festival. Over the course of six studio albums Frightened Rabbit have become one of the nation’s most beloved underground favourites, outpouring straight-to-the-bone tales of heartache and loss into some of the most seismic rock of the past decade.

Fresh from the release of last year’s Painting Of A Panic Attack, their set at Live At Leeds this year is a must-see chance to witness one of the country’s most beloved bands in full flight.Commenting on their appearance at the festival Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit says: “We can’t wait to come back to Live At Leeds. It’s been a favourite city of ours since we started touring and have great memories of places like The Brudenell and The Faversham so we’re really looking forward to it. See you there and probably in the dry dock afterwards for a dance!!”

Tearing down the walls with an emphatic live show of politically-charged garage rock in its purest form VANT have become one of the most talked-about new bands of the year so far. Bursting with vitality, the political calls of frontman Mattie Vant have made him a future icon in waiting, challenging the status quo with hooks brimming with instant pop meaning. Debut album Dumb Blood has already been hailed as a defiant stand for 2017, and their set at Live At Leeds is sure to be a memorable celebration of a band on the rise.Speaking about the announcement VANT commented: “So excited to be returning to Live at Leeds for the second time, one of our favourites. YORKSHIRE! YORKSHIRE!”

Fresh from his first ever headline tour, man of the moment AJ Tracey is one of the ever burgeoning grime scene’s brightest hopes. Quickly becoming renowned for having one of the most energetic live shows in the scene and with tunes in his arsenal like the blistering Dave collab Thiago Silva and EP cut Pasta it’s no wonder he’s looking likely to be the next artist of his ilk to make the jump to mainstream recognition on his own terms.

Soulful crooner Rationale will be delivering the sultry chimes and rhythms of latest EP Vessels as the next soul sensation unveils his goods at the festival, with former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd bringing his next exciting chapter to Live At Leeds, set to include his latest collection of stunning tracks that were pulled together with The Maccabees’ Hugo White over the past few months. Eclectic duo Seafret will return to the festival with new tracks and beats from their upcoming second studio album, whilst tectonic electronica will bristle through the city streets with the likes of the Disclosure-approved Liv Dawson, tropical genre-blenders Strong Asian Mothers, the sultry pop of Ekkah, trippy disco trio Shy Luv and bubbling electro guru Sivu all destined to bring the grooves to Live At Leeds this year.

Rationale told us: “I’m really excited to play Live at Leeds this year. I’ve seen some of my favourite acts perform here so it’s really awesome to be on the bill this time round”.

Wistful guitar-laden pop hitters Childhood are set to return with a bang at Live At Leeds this year whilst South-London’s Dead Pretties will be delivering a masterclass in scorching punk with their appearance. Melodic rockers Dead!, Springsteen-inspired Aussie outfit Gang Of Youths and shoulder-shaking weavers Yonaka all come aboard whilst London based Swedes Francobollo, indie princes The Academic, Dutch critical darling Amber Arcades,vibrant hip-hop collective The Age Of Luna and many more also join the lineup for memorable sets across the city. Live At Leeds 2017 is undoubtedly the best place to catch the latest and greatest acts from the UK and beyond.

With over 50 names joining the bill,Live At Leeds is shaping up to be the unmissable insight into music in 2017 – joining a range of over 150 names across the city centre already announced including the likes of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Slaves, Wild Beasts, White Lies, The Pigeon Detectives, Nothing But Thieves, Jagwar Ma, Black Honey, The Big Moon, Honeyblood, Temples, The Hunna, DMA’s, Clean Cut Kid and many more.
Harry McVeigh of White Lies (Kalpesh Patel)
Harry McVeigh of White Lies (Kalpesh Patel)

The festival comes with an expanded array of extra events, with the sold out Live At Leeds: Welcome Party set for Friday 28th April and headlined by Future Islands at the Leeds University Union (SOLD OUT). The weekend will then be rounded out on Sunday 30th April with the Live At Leeds: Finale – headlined by Maximo Park and featuring slots from Little Comets, Spector, High Tyde and The Indigo Project at the O2 Academy Leeds. Tickets for the Finale are on-sale separate from the Live At Leeds festival ticket, completing the weekend with an unparalleled high.

Alternatively, for a limited time only you can purchase a joint Saturday & Sunday access ticket for the discounted price of £42.50.Taking over venues across Leeds City Centre, Live At Leeds is once again set to be the definitive live music experience of the year – celebrating a city and culture that thrives on looking forward and embracing the now.

ANNOUNCED TODAY – OVER 50 ACTS ANNOUNCED

Frightened Rabbit / AJ Tracey / Childhood / Ekkah / Rationale / Seafret / VANT / Airways / Alex Francis / Amber Arcades / Annabel Allum / Arc / Carmody / Casy Lowry / Croox / Dead! / Dead Pretties / DUSK / Fletcher Jackson / Francobollo / Gang of Youths / Geowulf / Her / Jagara / JAKL / Jellyskin / Jerry Williams / Joe Fox / Joel Baker / Johnny Lloyd / Jordan Max / Joy Room / KELL / Leo Stannard / Little Hours / Lisbon / Liv Dawson / Mosa Wild / MOSES / Nocturn / October Drift / OUTLYA / Piles of Clothes / Pixey / PLAZA / RedFaces / Roe Green / Rory Butler / Saint PHNX / Sam Brookes / Sam Wilde / Scarlet / Shadowlark / Shy Luv / Siv Jakobsen / Sivu / SLANG / Sonny / Strong Asian Mothers / Tender Central / The Academic / The Age of Luna / The Wandering Hearts / Tom Hickox / Weirds / Wuzi / Wyvern Lingo / Yonaka / Young Native / Zach Said

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man / Slaves / White Lies / Wild Beasts / Nothing But Thieves / DMA’S / Gabrielle Aplin / Jagwar Ma / Teleman / Temples / The Hunna / The Pigeon Detectives/Black Honey / Clean Cut Kid / Fickle Friends / Honeyblood / Jake Isaac / Jaws / Let’s Eat Grandma / Lewis Watson / Superfood / The Amazons / The Big Moon / The Magic Gang / The Moonlandingz / Tom Grennan / Adian Coker / Aine Cahill / Anna Straker / Artificial Pleasure / Atlas Wynd / Bad Nerves / Bad Sounds / Banfi / Be Charlotte / Blackwaters / Brian Deady / Bryde / Carys Selvey / Chest Pains / Chinah / Clay / Club Drive / Colouring / Connie Constance / Dead Naked Hippies / Dream Wife / Easy Life / Eat Fast / Fangclub / Faux Pas / Fazerdaze / Fish / Flamingods / Fling / Freak / Furr / Get Inuit / Gurr / Heir / HMLTD / HOWL / Husky Loops / IDER / IDLES / Indigo Husk / Jade Bird / Jordan Allen / Jordan Mackampa / Joy Crookes / Judas / King Nun / Kllo / Kojey Radical / Kovic / KYKO / Lamia / Laurel / Lea Porcelain / LIFE / Luxury Death / Marsicans / MarthaGunn / Matt Maltese / Nilufer Yanya / Off Bloom / Otzeki / Pale Waves / Paris Youth Foundation / Plastic Mermaids / Puma Blue / Rory Wynne / She Drew the Gun / Tender / Ten Tonnes / The Bay Rays / The Gallery / The Golden Age of TV / The Night Café / The Opera Comic / The Orielles / The Pale White / The Tiny Minds / Tom Walker / Treeboy & Arc / Trudy and the Romance / Team Picture / White Kite / Xamvolo / Yellow Days

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Gunnar Mallon

Growing up in a family of musicians, live music has been my passion since a young age. Being able to combine this with my love for photography is a dream come true. When I’m not in the High Arctic for work, you will find me roaming the North's concert venues.

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