By Sallie Gregson
The schedule for Live at Leeds festival has been released with exciting new bands and artists performing across the city centre over the May bank holiday.
Headlining this year are local band The Pigeon Detectives, as well as Rudimental, who had a number one with Feel the Love last summer. The Vaccines, whose last album Come of Age reached number one in the UK album chart, will close the weekend at Millennium Square.
For the first time, the schedule can be downloaded as an app for mobile phones.
Street entertainment and food will be on offer across the city centre and in-store performances will feature at ‘LAL Takeover’ events at stores such as Pretty Green, Dr Martens, Made In Leeds and Trinity Leeds.
The first LAL Takeover event is Saturday, April 20 for Record Store Day when the first 125 customers at both Crash Records and Jumbo Records will receive a free LAL tote bag which might contain a ‘Golden Ticket’, providing entry to club nights and gigs at The Cockpit in May, June and July.
The festival begins on Friday, May 3 with The Unconference, a free seminar featuring experts giving advice on getting into the music industry. Saturday will see the main event with more than 100 bands in Leeds venues.
The finale on Sunday, May 6 will see The Vaccines in Millennium Square, for which a separate ticket is needed.
Tickets for the Saturday cost £22.50 and full details are available at liveatleeds.com. Inner city music festivals like this are a great way to see interesting bands – without the muddy fields.