Frankie Mullaney provides the top five must see bands at this year's Live at Leeds.
This year's Live at Leeds festival is jam packed with the hottest new bands with some of the best albums of 2015 so far, along with some Leeds favourites who are guaranteed to bring the biggest crowds of the day.
Take note of these names which are not to be missed:
1. Menace Beach: Venue: Leeds Beckett // Dr Martens Stage Time: 17:30
Back in stomping ground, Menace Beach lead by Ryan Needham (vocals, guitar) and Liza Violet (vocals / guitar / synths) joined by Matt Spalding (bass), Nestor Matthews (drums) and Matthew 'MJ' Johnson (guitar). Written over a summer of endless bleary-eyed bouts of insomnia, their acclaimed debut album, 'Ratworld', produced by Hookworms' MJ, is a giddy head swirling rush, full of fuzzy melody and heavy, supercharged pop. They are always a pleasure to witness so head down early Saturday eve to truly begin your exploration of the current Leeds music scene.
2. Shannon Saunders: Venue: Belgrave Music Hall Time: 19:00
Shannon Saunders is an 18-year-old songwriter from Swindon. She's had a huge following on social media since she began posting videos on Youtube at 14 years old and has now accumulated over 3.3 million views and 22,000 subscribers on her channel. After the recent release of her debut single 'Heart Of Blue' on her own label Lovejoy Records, the song reached number 48 on the iTunes chart with no promotion. The video, which cost £9 to make, also received over 175,00 views on Youtube in its first month. If you're a fan of Lorde and Lana del Ray then don't miss this one!
3. Tobias Jesso Jr: Venue: Leeds College of Music Time: 20:30
With one of the most highly recommended albums of the year so far, Tobias Jesso Jr is set to take the stage with a prime slot at Leeds college of Music. He has been compared to solo Lennon and Randy Newman with his debut heartbreak album. If you're looking for something a mellow with a dash of heartbreak, this is the place to be. Tobias Jesso Jr will no doubt be one of the year's biggest artists, so take advantage of this appearance at such an intimate venue.
4. The Cribs: Venue: Leeds Town Hall // Leeds Festival Stage Time: 22:00
After the recent success of 'For all my sisters', the Cribs are home for another show stopping performance in Leeds. If you missed out on the recent album launch at Brudenell Social Club, make sure you get down to Leeds Town Hall early to get a good spot for this spectacle. You can always rely on the Jarmans to give you a good time, with a set full of hits old and new.
5. Lucy Rose: Venue: Holy Trinity Church // Communion Stage Time: 22:15
Lucy Rose has steadily become one of the most respected and influential musicians of the new generation of UK artists. In 2011 her trio of self-released singles - 'Middle Of The Bed', 'Scar' and 'Redface' - invented their own world of uniquely emotive post-acoustic pop. Relentlessly touring through 2012 and 2013 she connected with a hugely cross sectioned audience and manned the merchandise stall every night. As a friend and fan of the band she toured with Bombay Bicycle Club and sang on their records. Performing at Holy Trinity Church, Lucy Rose is set to produce one of the day's best performances, so make sure you get a front row seat.
The full Live at Leeds schedule is now available online.
Live At Leeds takes place at venues across Leeds on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Buy your tickets from Leeds Gig Tickets.