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Live at Leeds, 30 April 2011
likes of Wild Beasts, Hadouken! and Hurts had played last year's Live at
Leeds we could only expect big things of this years event and that's
exactly what we got.
plays host to a number of bands, big and small, across a range of the
most well-known intimate venues across the city.
lengthy (and very confusing) hunt for the wristband collection point for
competition winners, we received our rather flimsy looking electric blue
wristbands courtesy of The Fly that would allow us access to any venue
for the remainder of the day. One little note for improvement: better
wristbands next year please guys!
Anyway, moving on. We found our way to The Cockpit where we happened to
stay for pretty much the remainder of the night and saw our first band
of the night who were the Irish indie rockers, Mojo Fury.
seemed to make a hell of a lot of noise. So much in fact that my
metalhead of a boyfriend admitted to enjoying the set. That's an
achievement for one thing! Wouldn't have said it was the best crowd ever
but then again you can't go to a festival and expect every single person
to know every word to every song played.
about discovering new music and Live at Leeds is the perfect opportunity
for that with so many talented acts having the chance to show off their
amount of people squeezed into Cockpit 3 was unbelievable and Mojo Fury
certainly put on an outstanding show. As the crowd left there seemed to
be a lot of interest in the flyer being handed out announcing Mojo
Fury's latest tour and debut album. This will be one to look out for.
Throughout the day, the festival-goers (including us) got to discover
less well-known bands such as Dutch Uncles, Kassidy and Starlings
playing on the same stages as Leeds natives, Dinosaur Pile Up, Young
Knives at the Brudenell and headliners The Futureheads at Leeds Uni
But here comes the big shock. Walking out of the venue after Mojo Fury I
noticed a small piece of A4 tacked to the door and the first thing that
came to my attention was 'The Pigeon Detectives'.
It took me a
couple of blinks and a series of looking away then looking back again
but eventually the message finally sunk in and I ended up jumping around
like an excited three year old again.
OK, so a
sacrifice had to be made. Essex five-piece, Morning Parade
happened to be playing at the same time and believe me, they are
brilliant live. After seeing them twice I wouldn't have minded a third
but there's nothing like seeing a band you haven't seen before. But the
point is, check out Morning Parade, I heard good things about their set
6pm came around fairly quickly and we were soon in a rather large queue
at The Cockpit to see the mighty Pigeon Detectives. Mainly promoting
their new album, Up Guards And At 'Em, yet still throwing in a couple of
the classics, The Pigeon Detectives made it a pretty successful
there was the odd bit of crowd surfing, a few bottles of water flying
around here and there, a number of enthusiastic fans and the general
atmosphere which significantly added to the whole effect. Not bad
really...turning up after paying a mere £17.50 (nothing in my case
thanks again to The Fly) and receiving a damn spectacular performance
from The Pigeon Detectives as well as numerous other bands that also
proved themselves very well.
Overall, it was an outstanding event and my only complaints would have
to be the lack of some sort of transport service (a shuttle bus would be
great!) for those who don't have a clue where they are when it comes to
Leeds and also a better quality wristband.
beat the novelty of a festival wristband that lasts you years no matter
how frayed and grimy it gets but those tacky paper things were no match!
Will definitely be considering this again next year!
Review by Abigail
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