Now into its 11th year, the Futuresound competition has become a regular feature on the Leeds music scene.
The annual competition offers six bands and musicians from around the West Yorkshire region the opportunity to appear live at both sites of the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The last few days have seen music industry judges listen to submissions from the many hundreds of applicants all hopeful of taking one of the slots on offer on the Festival Republic Stage and BBC Introducing Stage.
That is now complete and organisers have announced today the glittering array of 44 established and up-and-coming bands who will appear in a series of heats at the Cockpit in Leeds in June and July.
Here is the full list of bands and their gig date:
Wednesday 29th June:
Panic, Redwire, The Ridings, Secret Circuits
Monday 4th July:
Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles, Hannah Trigwell, Hail Animator, Imp
Tuesday 5th July:
Bears Killing Bears, The Headstart, Jimmy Holland, You Had Me At Hello
Wednesday 6th July:
Backyards, Double Muscle, Keys to Machinery, Secret Society
Thursday 7th July:
Circles, Escort Knights, Heart Ships, Simon Pollard Band
Monday 11th july:
Bear Mask, I Swim With Sharks, Piskie Sits, The Weeknights
Wednesday 13th July:
Alvin Purple, Dorien Starre, The Hello Project, Matt Bentley
Thursday 14th July:
Black Moth, The Majors, Post War Glamour Girls, The Spills
Monday 18th July:
The Coopers, GOLD, The Reacharounds, Vincent Massive
Wednesday 20th July:
Castrovalva, Faceplant, Pengilly's, The Yalla Yallas
Thursday 21st July:
Audit Control, Eric, Rupert Stroud, We Were All Made In China
Good luck to all the bands chosen and we wish you all the best.
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Electro-pop songs about all sorts of silly nonsense
Hannah Trigwell - 'Not Enough' EP Out Soon!
riffatronic polymaths transplanting mothra-sized sonicbooms to the denizens of wakefield and beyond. habitual popsters practicing a riff heavy-pop chime with hi-deluxe vocal melodies attempting to blend melodious guitar based americana slacker with keyboard driven chord progressions //impfinite joy\\
Bears Killing Bears are the type of rock band that an over-weight truck driver would listen to whilst pursuing low class prostitutes and attempting to bundle them into the back of his Eddie Stobart. Little does the prostitute know, it wont be just her ears bleeding.
Folk-punk from Otley
"Everything is incorporated into Backyards' sound; much more than the simple Indie dynamics of guitar, bass and drums. Keyboards make an appearance, string sections...and music that is atmospheric; contrasting between dark and light, upbeat and melancholic." - AltSounds.Com
The Simon Pollard Band is a 4 piece country/pop/rock band from Leeds.
Leeds based trio I SWIM WITH SHARKS blend infectious melodies with a scissor kicking live presence to create their self-described "Rock Smothered Aggro-Pop"
Singer / Songwriter
4-piece indie-rock from Wakefield
Folk/rock band based in Leeds
Catchy warm pop colliding (violently) with clangy telecaster riffage, and electro doodle hooks on the keys.
THIS IS NOISE HOP
Mixing Dup Step with heavy riffs, expect to feel like you've punched in the stomach by an angry horse with a really big fist.
"It's so lush, and gorgeous and original and fresh and heartfelt, that it just blew us away." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
The Yalla Yallas - A Punk Rock n Roll group from Leeds.
Rupert Stroud is an Acoustic/pop/rock singer/songwriter