This article was published in 2003.

Sound checks and vocal warm ups came to the forefront this week as the first of the 15 bands taking part in Leeds Leisure Services 'Bright Young Things 2003', took to the stage for their debut in the Crypt of the Town Hall.

After hours of rehearsals and recording, the bands have just completed the Bright Young Things CD with expert advice and support from local rehearsal and recording studios Touchwood and House of Mook. The 15 bands, from all over the city, have the opportunity to perform live in the Town Hall in three unique gigs, showing off not only their talent but also the amazing diversity of the Leeds music scene.

Opening the series of gigs on Wednesday March 12 were The Couderhae Connection, Amelia & Me, Rhode Island, Blake and solo artist, Lemont Sylvester.

Wednesday March 19 sees Blackout Band, Sly Mr Fox, The Midnight Shoppers, Conrad and Dr Strangemoose line up together, whilst the Crypt will welcome The 42 Tones, Samsa, All Its Worth, Exit and Solo the week after.

Jon Price, Bright Young Things Organiser said, "All the bands have tremendous talent and have really developed during BYT. The three gigs are a great chance for the bands to put into practise the new abilities they have gained in the studios." Jon added "Leeds has a truly vibrant music scene, and the cream of this will be on show in BYT, so come to the Crypt and enjoy the best Leeds has."

Look out for the Bright Young Things CD which will be available free with the early April edition of the Leeds Guide, and distributed through in another free giveaway.