Leeds Music Scene 'bands to see' for Beacons Festival 2014
BEACONS FESTIVAL 2014
LEEDS MUSIC SCENE PREVIEW
The 4th Beacons Festival (and hopefully 3rd to actually take place in situ in Skipton after 2011's debut wash out was heroically relocated to inner-city Leeds venues) is upon us this weekend and LMS will be there. If you're heading up, here are a few acts you might cast a glance towards...
The very best of Leeds' guitar music scene will be represented at Heslaker Farm, with the excellent Menace Beach, Post War Glamour Girls, Autobahn, Dancing Years, Hookworms and Eagulls all in decent stage or time slots but it is a rather more... er... experienced Leeds act we've gone for.
The brilliant, sometimes ambient, trip hop legend/s that is Nightmares on Wax reach 25 years of releasing material this year, and celebrate with a Saturday night Beacons Main Stage outing. The approach DJ Ease takes for the show could be one of several, but either way it is certain to be a highlight.
Speaking of highlights, the zany bare-chested onstage antics of alleged-squatters Fat White Family have seen them rocket to the top of many 'must see' lists at festivals this summer. From SXSW to Reading&Leeds and all in between if you get to the end of the 2014 festival season and can't say you've seen them, naked or not, you've failed. NOISEY STAGE. 8PM. SUNDAY.
Bearded New York rapper and ex-chef Action Bronson is a big man who's becoming a big name on the East Coast hip-hop scene. A former flame-griller for the New York Mets, no less, he turned to rap relatively late but collaborations with the likes of Ghostface Killah and Joey Badass have seen his reputation soar rapidly. And he raps about food, so should fit in well at the culinarily-assured Beacons... Tasty.
British Sea Power have never been a band to adhere to the conventional, as their choice of gig venues and stage sets will attest, and so at Beacons 2014 we will have a band easily big and long-toothed enough to headline instead launching as the first act on the first day, playing an album in its entirety. That the album, 'From the Sea to the Land Beyond' was recorded to soundtrack a film of archive footage of Britain's coastline is charmingly British Sea Power and promises to be an experience to splice the mainbrace to.
Finally, Neneh Cherry. Well it's Neneh bloody Cherry isn't it?!
An instant legend with 1989 debut album 'Raw Like Sushi', Cherry released several more albums in the 1990s before disappearing from the scene somewhat. She has returned in recent years, the shine restored to her soulful, funky hip-hop and here she is. In Skipton. Why would you not go and see her?
So there we have it - and there's yet been no mention of the dance acts, arts and culture, family friendly attractions or The Fall.