Organisers have today released details of the 60 bands selected to take part in the Futuresound 2012 competition this summer to battle it out in the hope of winning one of six places available at Leeds Festival 2012.
Now entering its 12th year, the annual event is hugely popular and several hundred local bands and musicians entered once again.
The six winning bands will take to the stage at both the Leeds and Reading festivals, with the overall winner playing on the NME Radio One Stage.
The top six will be announced in July.
The full line up is as follows (click the date for the Facebook Event for each heat).
Wednesday 20th June:
Bearfoot Beware / Imp / Kali / Quentins Basement
Thursday 21st June :
Benson / Jasmine Kennedy / La Machine / Pretty Riddles
Monday 25th June :
British Daylight / Cut Out Shapes / Ti Amo / Witch Hunt
Tuesday 26th June:
Calls Landing / Dead Message / Make Your Mark / You Had Me At Hello
Monday 2nd July:
Dan Audio / Epic Derek / MonMon / Moody Gowns
Tuesday 3rd July:
The Black Sea / Tokyo Corner / Unions / We Were Frontiers
Wednesday 4th July:
Bell Tower Union / The Covelles / St. Somebody / Two Trick Horse
Thursday 5th July:
Dirty Green Vinyl / The Hypes / The Wax Collection / The Wind-up Birds
Monday 9th July:
Backyards / I Swim With Sharks / Rosie / Secret Society
Tuesday 10th July:
Euphoria Audio / Ourfamous Dead / The Spector Effect / Stations
Wednesday 11th July:
Afghan Hounds / Little Victories / M.A.S.K.S / Remember the Hurricanes
Monday 16th July:
British Racing Green / BoxSmash / Heavyball / The Grand
Tuesday 17th July:
Black Moth / Juffage / Phonetics / The World Service
Wednesday 18th July:
The Glass Caves / Marsicans / Seas-Of-Green / White Heat
Thursday 19th July:
Affairs / Likely Lads / Post War Glamour Girls / Super Luxury
Leeds Music Scene wishes all bands the very best of luck.
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Leeds Based Grunge Post Rock
Jasmine Kennedy is a singer/songwriter from Batley
Leeds-based noise pop duo
MonMon are a three piece from Leeds playing a louche, swaggering style of lowlife garage rock that wouldn't sound out of place on a Nick Cave or Lou Reed album.
4-piece band from Leeds
Lo-fi production and tuneful indie quirks..
Fast and fun Rock 'n' Roll
Leeds based band with a sparkly sinister edge
Hawaii Disco Pop mixed with Indian Raga, sprinkled with Punk Pop Rock Punk stuff.
DAN AUDIO mixes elements of Dub, Rock, Ska and Drum&Bass and has recently played live shows with the BBC and at the O2 Academy in London.
"Epic Derek's music is intriguing and beautiful in equal measure" - Rebecca Atkinson, Leeds Music Scene
Indie Rock & Roll from Huddersfield
Leeds-based indie/rock/folk band
The Covelles, a energetic 4 piece indie/rock outfit driven by life, lust and loss.
3 piece discordant indie rock.
Rock 'n' roll band from Leeds.
We have that Camarillo Brillo...
"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
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"
Ourfamous Dead are a five-piece band that combine elements of punk, hardcore and electronica. 2011 saw the release of their debut EP I am Human. With this, their High-Octane music and performances have sparked the attention of the media across the UK, receiving features in magazines such as Rocksound, Big Cheese and Powerplay, they have also received radio play on national stations such as XFM. They have shared the stage and played gigs with the likes of The Blackout, Funeral For a Friend and Gallows and 2012 will only bring further development and growth for the Leeds based rockers. With an album release, music video and UK tour in the works, this band may well be on the tips of our tongues in the not too distant future....
The Spector Effect are a dedicated 5 piece indie rock/post-punk band based in and around Leeds. Inspired by a shared love of music we formed in mid-2009 and have been gigging since early 2010.
Little Victories are a new 4 piece indie band from Leeds.
M.A.S.K.S are an alternative electro-pop trio, creating a unique, energetic, yet haunting sound.
Electro/Dance/Indie band. Based in Leeds/Wakfield UK
Phonetics are a four piece 'inidie'/ 'lo-fi' band from Leeds. Check out their Facebook & SoundCloud pages for music and news.
Lo-Fi Indie Art Pop Music
Three men, some guitars and a drum machine. Instant party.
Likely Lads are a 4 piece alternative rock band from York
Condiment rock, garage noise