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Best of Leeds at Live at Leeds : Over the days coming up to Live at Leeds 2015 we will provide our guide to the "best of Leeds" playing this year

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Published on 23rd April 2015.


Best of Leeds at Live at Leeds

Over the days coming up to Live at Leeds 2015 we will provide our guide to the "best of Leeds" playing this year

Every day until Saturday 2nd May Leeds Music Scene will be providing you with information about which of West Yorkshire's bands we think you absolutely must go and watch at Live At Leeds 2015.

1st May. It's TOMORROW. We've got a few bands to recommend for you tonight.

Rupert Stroud

Rupert is no stranger to the Leeds music scene, his powerful beat driven sound has garnered support from XFM, BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, amassing fans along the way playing to over 140,000 people in 2014. His broad musical appeal gained support slots for James Blunt, The Hoosiers and Little Comets amongst many others.

Rupert's new EP, Talk To You, hit no. 11 in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts on the first day of its pre-order. With this impressive list of achievements, Stroud's latest EP oozes his trademark Northern passion, heartfelt melodies and sweeping choruses that would make Elbow proud.

Watch Rupert Stroud at the Faversham (Patio) at 3pm.

Forever Cult

A noisy West Yorkshire 3 piece, blending 90s Seattle grunge with mid 00s British indie. Formed in 2014, following the release of their debut EP, 'Fuxx' they performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds festival, as well as support slots with King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Dz Deathrays and Eagulls.

"The three-piece inhabit the sludgier end of the grunge spectrum with frontman Kieran working between a mellow slacker drawl up to Taz-esque levels of vocal turmoil." - Drowned In Sound

"...a clattering, visceral affair that shares an urgency with Leeds-based peers Eagulls and perhaps even an appreciation of noise similar to Hookworms." - Artrocker

Watch Forever Cult at The Key Club at 12 noon.


Bruising formed late last year after singer and guitarist Naomi Baguley spotted Ben Lewis wearing a Perfect Pussy t-shirt in a Leeds nightclub. Bonding over a mutual love of all things fuzzy, they began messaging voice memos from their phones back and forth until, finally, they got together in the same room and started writing some songs. Since then their infectious, ear worm, fuzz pop has gained them acclaim from the NME, DIY and even Radio 1's Huw Stephens, as well as being described by GoldFlakePaint as 'The best new guitar band in the country'. With releases on hot tape label Beach Coma and the acclaimed Art Is Hard Records coming in the next few months, 2015 is set to be very exciting for Bruising.

Watch Bruising at Leeds Beckett University on the Dr Martens Stage at at 4.30pm


Droning and mysterious, English band Hookworms have a sound that pulls together some of the best elements of neo-psychedelia, Krautrock, and space rock, combining them into murky, mind-altering blasts of socially conscious noise rock. The Leeds-based band, whose members go only by their initials (MJ on vocals, keyboards and production, JW and SS on guitarist, MB on bass and drummer JN) to avoid putting themselves above their music, came together in 2009, and released their self-titled EP on Gringo Records two years later. Their first proper full-length release, Pearl Mystic, followed on the label in 2013. Domino off-shoot label Weird World picked up the album for distribution and also released their next record, The Hum, in late 2014.

Watch Hookworms at Leeds Beckett University on the Dr Martens Stage at at 7.30pm

29th April. The countdown has begun. Today's recommendations for Live at Leeds 2015 are Polo and Colour Of Spring. Unfortunately they timeclash, so you can only pick one to kick start the weekend!

Polo - future-pop

After only starting in 2014, this Future-Pop group have already played Leeds & Reading Festivals, released an award winning music video and commissioned music for a Land Rover commercial, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Watch Polo at Belgrave Music Hall at 12 noon.

Colour Of Spring - lo-fi shoegazing

Colour Of Spring are a Yorkshire based lo-fi shoegaze four piece that perfectly blend the sounds of 80's genres such as C86, Shoegaze and Neo-Psychedelia. With comparisons drawn to My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Lush, The Smiths and The Cure, Colour Of Spring have a sound that mixes melodic elements with a darker twist.

Watch Colour Of Spring at Brudenell Social Club at 12 noon.

27th April. Less than a week to go. Today we're adding Oliver Pinder and Clay to our list of "must see Leeds bands at Live at Leeds 2015".

Oliver Pinder - Powerhouse of angst-ridden heartfelt tunes.

Oliver Pinder is a teen singer-songwriter whose music has been described by BBC Introducing as "upbeat, foot-tapping goodness." Bringing together elements of the indie/pop style of Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran with the narrative folk/indie traditions of Joni Mitchell and Florence Welch and the acoustic and electric guitar playing of Albert Hammond and Johnny Marr, Oliver creates a unique performance style and lyrics that combine angst and joy to engage audiences.

Watch Oliver Pinder at Leeds College of Music at 12.30pm.

Clay - Catch them now.

Clay are a four piece, Leeds-based outfit formed in early 2014, producing a unique sound that spans multiple genres. Having released their debut single 'Sun Dance' accompanied by B-side 'Cream'. The single is available digitally and is exclusively available on 7" vinyl. The band have just completed their second UK tour across Liverpool, London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stockton, Birmingham culminating in a homecoming headline show at Oporto in Leeds which sold out to capacity. Catch them now.

Watch Clay at Belgrave Music Hall at 1pm.

24th April. Weekend is nearly upon us and that means just 7 days to go. We've two more recommendations today: go see Scars On 45 and Carnabells at LAL15.

Scars On 45 - This is a rare opportunity to see the band on home turf.

After Scars On 45's EP "Give Me Something" came out in early 2011, the rock group found themselves on a journey they hadn't intentionally started. The foursome, who hail from Bradford, created the album with no real plan of being an actual band, just four friends making music together. Signing with Chop Shop/Atlantic, which scored a song placement on Grey's Anatomy, solidified that fact that Scars On 45 would be a band and would tour and would make more music.

The band unveiled their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2012 and embarked on what felt like an endless tour. The album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, earned critical acclaim, and VH1 named the band a "You Oughta Know Artist" leading to their national TV debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Watch Scars On 45 in the Trinity Kitchen at 7pm.

Carnabells - guitar thrashing, piano bashing, feet stamping, rock 'n' roll!

Carnabells are a guitar thrashing, piano bashing, feet stamping, rock 'n' roll five piece from an old mining village in the heart of Yorkshire. Formed in the summer of 2012, Carnabells have enjoyed the stamp of approval from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing with a slot at Glastonbury Festival 2014 and Reading and Leeds Festival 2014. With sell out shows across the UK and support slots with the likes of The 1975, Little Comets, and Catfish & The Bottlemen, their onstage boundless raw energy is a must see.

Watch Carnabells at the Faversham at 8.30pm.

23rd April. To get the ball rolling, we're recommending Eagulls and Brawlers. Check back in tomorrow for additions to our preview.

Eagulls - A band not to be missed.

Since forming in 2009, Leeds-based Eagulls have become synonymous with a discontented, disillusioned kind of anger, moulded into bullets of post punk that's rife with urgency and aggression. Touring is their lifeblood, as shown through the relentless bouts of gigging that have coloured their four years together, in between working tedious day jobs in the bars and retail outlets of Leeds together. They have a reputation for chaotic and confrontational live shows and you can expect their own unique brand of mayhem to be lighting up venues Live at Leeds this year.

Watch Eagulls at Leeds Beckett University on the Dr Martens Stage at 8.45pm.

Brawlers - Possible the most fun you will have all day.

Having formed over the Summer of 2013, Brawlers feature current and ex-members of bands as diverse as Dinosaur Pile-Up, Leftover Crack, Castrovalva and Martyr Defiled. They produce catchy-as-hell rollercoaster ride of high-octane Punk Rock and have just released their debut Album 'Romantic Errors Of Our Youth' to rave reviews. The band's reputation for raucous live shows has already gained them a loyal following and much media support. "We want to be fun, energetic, urgent but singing about things we all talk about when we're drunk at the bar ... that girl off Instagram, that Facebook status, idiots taking selfies every 4 minutes. It's all in jest though."

Watch Brawlers at The Key Club at 2pm.

Tweet us @leedsmusicscene with your recommendations as to which local bands we must include in this guide.

Live At Leeds takes place at venues across Leeds on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Buy your tickets from Leeds Gig Tickets.



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12 bands associated with this article.


Scars On 45

Leeds / Bradford six-piece.


Carnabells are a guitar thrashing, piano bashing, feet stamping rock 'n' roll 5 piece from a old mining village in the heart of Yorkshire. Formed in the summer of 2012, Carnabells have numerous press reviews, BBC radio play and even a TV appearance under their multi-coloured braces. About to embark on a full UK tour, grab your partner and get ready to dance!

Oliver Pinder

Oliver Pinder is a young, acoustic singer-songwriter from Halifax


Clay are a four piece, Leeds-based outfit formed in early 2014


Alternative / Future Pop from Leeds

Colour Of Spring

Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Lo-fi, New Wave

Rupert Stroud

Rupert Stroud is an Acoustic/pop/rock singer/songwriter