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Reviewed on 6th September 2015.



Live at Leeds Festival 2015 on Friday, 28th August 2015

If you have been around Leeds for a while, you will know Clue Records (also home to the incredible Allusondrugs, Forever Cult and TRASH) and you all be familiar with Wilko, Joe, John and Stanley from the band NARCS. This year the guys gained the accolade of opening BBC Introduction Stage on Friday at Leeds Festival, after they were selected as one of the winners at Futuresound Competition earlier this year.

NARCS bring politically infused rock mixed with clever guitar solos, unique vocal and powerful rhythm section to any show they play, and this was no exception. Having already gained our attention with highly acclaimed first album, "Two Birds, One Stone Later", the next few months of this year will be spent writing and recording their second album.

There are also rumours afoot that we can be looking forward to a few song releases, in the not too distant future! So after a great performance, with support of Clue Records and true fans dancing and crowd surfing, there is plenty more we can look forward to from NARCS. Massive thanks to BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire and Futuresound for bringing these young and talented guys to Leeds Festival.

Another great band, playing on BBC Introduction stage this year is, Where Fires Are, again a finalist in the 2015 Futuresound competition. They are described as "adrenalin-fuelled, thoughtful alt-rock band from Leeds" and they showed a lot of potential on their debut performance at Leeds Festival 2015, despite their early slot at 12.25 which seemed too early for a Friday. But you know what, you can't stop guys to play on a top level!

Robbie Gillespie has strong vocals and very clever guitar parts. I will expect them to be playing much bigger stages next year, so my tip is to catch these local lads you can. With two recording sessions at mighty Greenmount Studios already completed this year, look out for their forthcoming EP due out this autumn. I can't fault them for their performance or musicianship; Great band

I loved every minute of mercury prize nominee, Ghostpoet, London-born Obaro Ejimi; who this year graced the BBC Radio1 stage with his glorious sounds. His application of sound effects and catchy lyrics were absolutely top notch, backed up by great guitar riffs, big solos and awesome backing vocals. I have to say, it was much better live, than on any recordings of his I have listened to so far and I was already a fan. His last album "Shedding Skin" is in my top 10 albums this year so far. It was great to hear the appreciation of the crowd, singing words back to him, and I definitely felt the love this new UK artist. Songs to check out, Plastic Bag Brain, Cash and Carry Me Home.

Next up for me at the BBC Radio1 stage, were Oxford quartet Glass Animals. Their debut album 'Zaba' grabbed my attention in the summer of 2014, so this was a great opportunity to see them live. Their chill out, psychedelic trip-pop music was one of the most exciting moments of my Friday. The energy of Dave Bayleys voice, trippy lyrics and electronic sound, mixed with clever guitar layers, over great beats, created a real dreamy vibe, which the crowd really got in to. Another promising British bands and I will be awaiting their return. Songs to check out, Pools and Gooey.



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