Preview : Live at Leeds 2013

Not to be outdone by the big European “take over the city center for a day” festivals, Live at Leeds is back in 2013 bigger, better and bolder. The latest installment of the annual event, now in it’s 6th year, sees activity spread over no less than 15 stages ranging from the O2 Academy and University to smaller, more intimate places which are rammed pretty much all day.

And I mean RAMMED. Some of the smaller venues are packed from the off and the atmosphere in them is incredible, so work out where you want to be and make sure you get there in plenty of time.

Now as you can imagine, Live at Leeds is BIG….. 120 bands, 12 hours of music spread across 15 stages so there is an awful lot to see, inevitably with some of the highlights appearing away from the main venues. Along with the usual array of big names, the bill is chock full of emerging talent and there are undoubtedly some absolute gems to be discovered.

Add to the mix 7,000 music fans creating a unique atmosphere and you see why Leeds will be THE place to be on Saturday 4th May.

Musically there is, literally, something for everyone. Some names CackBlabbath readers will (or at least should) know like Hawk Eyes and Maybeshewill and some you probably won’t (yet). One of my highlights at last year’s event were Bastille (whatever happened to them ;-), and I have no doubt that there are loads of similar gems to be discovered this year away from the world of big riffs and Marshall stacks.

Although there will be plenty of that too, but it’s nice to get out of your musical comfort zone from time to time šŸ™‚

The schedule is now up at at, so go check it out. Working out exactly who you want to see, and where you need to be, is always a challenge at these things, so to make life easier for everyone the organisers have put together an app for the 2013 event. The official blurb says “Designed to provide ease of access to the programme, it features the ability to save and share your own personalised festival schedule. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices and was created by festival partners Enjoy Digital following seed funding from Leeds and Partners”.

It’s an event that the powers that be in Leeds buy into too. Richard, one of the Directors of the festival said ā€œWe are excited to expand the festival this year both digitally and physically through the introduction of our first ever app and by co-ordinating activity outside of our traditional venues. The additional activity has been supported through the cityā€™s desire to work alongside us and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of our new partnerships.ā€

2013 sees Live at Leeds breaking out of the music venues too, and activity is expanding to the streets. Look out for street entertainment, food stalls and in-store performances at various places all across the city centre. Follow the proceedings on Twitter with #LALTakeover

Last year Live at Leeds was one of the most fun one day festivals, and 2013 is shaping up to be even better. I for one can’t bloody wait…..