Now in its fourth year, the eagerly anticipated Centre Stage 2013 is upon us and is set to bring local, young bands and artists into the limelight.
The heats will take place at The Wardrobe on Tuesday April 23rd, Wednesday April 24th and Thursday April 25th and will once again provide a platform for some of the region's finest young bands and acts. All artists are under 21 years old, with at least one band member at school or college in West or North Yorkshire.
The overall winners of Centre Stage 2013 - decided at the July final - will appear at both sites of the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2013 in August.
The line ups for the heats are (note: not the running order):
TUESDAY 23RD APRIL: Traffic Wire, Walking With Wolves, King No-One, Icarus, Forgetting Yesterday, Good Morning Neverland, Jacobean Ruff
WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL: Never Ending Reason, The Puppeteers, Roman Bison, Albion, Chemical Child, Pony and Trap, The Amazing Scuba Divers, Urban Outcry
THURSDAY 25TH APRIL: Liquid Brick, Quentins Basement, Frequency (now known as Conflare), SimpleSight, Headwire, The Blue Pelicans, The Imports, Yo Preston
Each of the selected bands are currently fundraising towards Martin House Children's Hospice, who cares for children and young adults, with life limiting illnesses, and also for their families. The perfect example of young people helping young people.
Doors will open each night at 6.15pm with the first band at 7pm. The event is pay on the door £4 with proceeds going to Martin House Children's Hospice.
Four piece alternative rock band from the York/Leeds area in the UK.
Icarus are a four piece from Leeds playing indie-pop.
A band on a mission to drink milkshakes and then rule the world... and we've just finished our milkshakes
Jacobean Ruff are a young modern folk band based in Leeds, forming in mid 2012. Despite being relatively young, they have already gained notoriety on the Leeds gig scene, playing in various venues including Oporto, the Cockpit, the Wardrobe, the Brudenell, Nation of Shopkeepers and Carpe Diem, as well as beginning to establish themselves as a festival band, playing in 2013 alone Beacons, Live at Leeds, Tockwith Beer Festival and Lainfest, among others. Their music has often drawn comparisons with Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Laura Marling, and could easily be described as a blend of the three. Communion Leeds called it 'An exciting pairing of thoughtful, traditional folk styles and clever pop songwriting'.
Never Ending Reason is a Alternative Punk Rock band that love to rock!!
Roman Bison are a four piece indie/rock band from Leeds, with such influences as Bombay Bicycle Club, Kings Of Leon and Wild Beasts.
Pony And Trap are a 2 piece York band with a distinctive style
Formerly known as Frequency, Conflare consists of Toby Hanmore, Ethan Bradley, Tate Maloney and Sam Wilkinson. They thrive on piercing drum beats and catchy guitar riffs that provide Conflare's music with an exciting, atmospheric feel. Inspired by the Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro.
Indie rock power trio from Leeds
4 piece bluesy rock band from West Yorkshire
Heavy rock/Metal band formed in April 2010
Alt rock band from Leeds/Bradford
3 piece rock band from Bradford
Singer/Songwriter from Harrogate/Leeds UK