Leeds Festival Countdown: Local bands set for Leeds and Reading Festival 2016
Local bands who were winners of the Futuresound and Centre stage competitions were today given the opportunity to talk to press at Bramham Park Estate ahead of their debut performances at Leeds and Reading Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage. Over the years the BBC introducing stage has hosted bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap.
Director of Leeds and Reading Festival Melvin Benn spoke to us and expressed his continual excitement for the music festival every year. He expressed how the ambition and demand of bands to play has grown since the 1970s and that live music is thriving in the 21st century. Leeds and Reading gives young people the opportunity and the optimism of tomorrows music.
When questioned on which is his favourite moment of Reading or Leeds was Melvin touched on his early days in 1972 when he hitch hiked down to Reading Festival from Hull, he said it has an ''incredibly special place in his heart''. Equally Leeds his home county has the same parity as Reading and is very special because it is his home country. Melvin said his favourite moment of the Festival is opening the gates at Leeds where he can then relax and enjoy the music. He stated that its like a game of chess and you have to get to each stage to watch the best bands perform.
Melvin expressed his solid appreciation for the economic benefit the festival has brought to Leeds and Yorkshire over the years providing thousands of jobs and boosting the hotels, transport and hospitality industry . Leeds Festival is now an integral part of cities future and is internationally inclusive for Festival goers. People from across the UK and Europe attend the Festival.
Centre stage who have hosted the live music competition for local bands has given hundreds of young musicians the chance to perform at the festival since 2009 it has also raised £200, 000 for Martin House Childrens Hospice.
Fans favourite Fighting Caravans an alternative rock quintet from Leeds stand out from the crowd as they just released their first mayor single ' Blue Heart Motel'. From York the band are set for big things after recently completing their first UK & EU tour. The vintage guitar lovers have earned international plaudits and are fast becoming a name across the UK's live music scene. Backed by Sofar sounds they will be starting work on a second EP later this year whilst planning a UK and European tour. They told us they are raring to go and cant wait to be on the stage at both Leeds and Reading. Fighting Caravans will play the lock up stage alongside, The King Blues and Good Charlotte. They stated they are counting down the days now and cannot wait to walk out onto the stage.
Indie Punk Quartet Faux Pas are excited at the opportunity of playing the Festival. They said they are eagerly awaiting to know what time and day they will be playing the BBC introducing stage. Their most popular tracks to date are In Hindsight and Not So Sad. The four piece Indie band who originate from York take influences from The Libertines and The Cribs. Faux Pas are growing a name for themselves across Yorkshire and hope to guarantee a UK tour in the near future.
Leeds band Vexxes have had a busy year releasing their debut music video for single Everything I've Ever Known earlier this year. Their debut EP 'Common Ground' is available on itunes . Their exclusive track 'ENEMIES' was released in May. Many are describing them similarly to highly acclaimed You Me at Six, Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana. The excited lads said their bands bold lyrics and beautiful riff-work sets them apart. Vexxes recored their latest EP at Decimal & Stakeout Studios in London which is headed by Fightstars, Charlie Simpson, We Are The Ocean, Reuben, YM@6, Arcane Roots and Funeral For a Friend) Vexes are most looking forward to playing in front of a mass audience and reaching new fans.
The most acclaimed and experienced band to play the BBC introducing stage are Post-rock and emo hard core four piece Adore // Repel who formed in 2013 from Dewsbury. With their unique name and live performance experience they told Selby Everyday they are hoping to bring some energy to the stage at both Reading and Leeds. Their ''melodic songs and emo rock vibe makes them stand out from some of the more reserved indie bands''. They told us that unlike many bands they do not have one lead vocalist and all sing together, there are surprise mutual vocals throughout songs after heavy and infused and energised instrumentals. The band also consists of twins James Ledd and Danny Favela Brown on guitars who are both twins. Adore // Repel will be touring Europe and UK in the near future.
Local Leeds lads The Indigo Project have been together for just over a year and told us they were still beaming from recently playing a sold out gig in Millennium Square Leeds supporting Ocean Colour Scene. The five piece are set to bring their big riffs and infectious rock tunes to the masses at Leeds. They are hoping to follow in the footsteps of major bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Muse and the Beatles.
They told us they are building up a large following across Leeds having performed at so many of the cities venues such as Milo, Wardbrobe andThe Belgrave. They said their mum loves to attends their gigs and they can always spot their mums in the crowd supporting them.
Dusk in the above headline image formed just under a year ago, they have played lots of gigs around Leeds at The Wardbrobe, Headrow House and will be playing at the Library this weekend. Dusk are very excited to play Reading and Leeds, they have never played outside of Leeds. Dusk are set to release a track in September and furthermore a full EP later this year.
Reading Festival is now sold out but there a few reaminging tickets for Leeds which can still be purchased from this link http://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets
Headline acts such Fall Out Boy, Biffy Clyro, The Courteeners are headlining along first timers 1975, Disclosure and Foals. Red Hot Chilli Peppers are returning to Leeds and Reading for the first time since 2007.
The backdrop to todays event was the splendid Bramham Park Estate whereby owners Nick and Rachel Lane were great hosts providing a buffet. In little less than four weeks over 80,000 people will descend on their land for the festival.
Leeds Festival is an important part of the year for many music lovers across the country. We hope to see you there.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, Foals, Disclosure, The 1975, Imagine Dragons, Jack Ü, Two Door Cinema Club, CHVRCHES, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, Boy Better Know, The Courteeners, twenty one pilots, Die Antwoord, HAIM, Jack Garratt, Fetty Wap, Eagles of Death Metal, Asking Alexandria, Slaves, G-Eazy, Crystal Castles, Sigma, Five Finger Death Punch, Oliver Heldens, Hannah Wants, Krept & Konan, Maximo Park, The Wombats, Savages, Duke Dumont, Sleeping With Sirens, Netsky, Parkway Drive, Cage the Elephant, The Neighbourhood, Half Moon Run, Rat Boy, Lower Than Atlantis, Nothing But Thieves, DJ EZ, The Internet, Travis Scott, David Rodigan, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jauz,Raleigh Ritchie, Crossfaith, Mura Masa, Skindred, AlunaGeorge, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Giggs, Philip George, Anderson .Paak, Disciples, MistaJam, My Nu Leng, Oneman, Dread MC, Yungen, Protoje, Highly Suspect, Riton, The King Blues, Hinds, Blossoms, Kvelertak, Modern Baseball, Lady Leshurr, Section Boyz, Basement, Sundara Karma, FVK, Inheaven, DEAD!, Creeper, Citizen, Banners, Tuff Love, DJ Semtex, State Champs, Seratones and Birdy Nam Nam
Article and images by Sean Brown @seanleebrownuk