Category : Gig Guide

Penguin Café Orchestra @ Howard Assembly Rooms, 12/3/17

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A Sunday night on desolate upper-Briggate’s Howard Assembly Rooms is not the most typical of settings, but Penguin Café are far from typical. As a ten-piece chamber jazz collective that ranges from Suede and Gorillaz members to Royal College of Music luminaries, the group that formed as the continuation of … Read More

All Time Low @ O2 Academy, 15/3/17

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Bringing back my nostalgic me memories of rocking out to pop punk at the age of 14, All Time Low were timeless as they played their 2017 tour at the Leeds O2 Academy. With Waterslides and Swrms as support, All Time Low overtook the stage with energy and spirit. All … Read More

The Stranglers @ O2 Academy, 17/3/17

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It is the 40th anniversary of The Stranglers’ first ever recorded album Rattus Norvegicus and they have been touring up and down the country, showcasing their phenomenal catalogue. Having released 18 albums, spanning over 35 years, The Stranglers really are at the heart of the British rock/punk scene. Now living in Leeds themselves, … Read More

The Weeknd @ First Direct Arena, 14/3/17

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After watching many Snapchat and Instagram stories of his UK tour, I had very high expectation seeing all this euphoria in the arenas. During his two-hour set, Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd, spoilt us with all his biggest hits from ‘Often’ to his feature with Daft Punk ‘I Feel It … Read More

Preview: Peter Hook & The Light @ O2 Academy, 18/3/17

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Legendary bassist Peter Hook (affectionately referred to by fans as ‘Hooky’) and backing band The Light will play the O2 Academy on Saturday night, and it promises to be a real treat for fans old and young. Often it can get tiresome watching members of old bands rehashing their classics, … Read More

Preview: The Jesus & Mary Chain @ Church, 27/3/17

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It’s fitting to consider ourselves blessed by the return of Scottish indie legends the Jesus & Mary Chain. Their 1985 debut Pyschocandy will be forever heralded as one of the most iconic alternative records of all time, and finally the band are coming to Leeds following their first album release in … Read More

Laura Marling @ O2 Academy, 8/3/17

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Laura Marling’s Semper Femina is a confident and detailed expression of femininity, owing much of its success to Blake Mills’ meticulous production and unusual instrumentation. Wednesday 8th March saw Marling grace Leeds’ O2 Academy, offering a stripped back but ultimately satisfying rendition of the album before its release and some … Read More

Preview: Stormzy @ O2 Academy, 8/4/17

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Stormzy? Average? I don’t think so. His hard-line hit ‘Shut Up’ was both his first to climb into the UK Top 40, and the first ever freestyle to accomplish that feat.  His performance on Jools Holland in 2014 made him the first unsigned rapper to have made the cut for … Read More

Romare @ Headrow House, 4/3/17

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Romare’s live show is a work of art and recently it has been evolving. Originally just him and a percussionist, they create the all music on the spot, apart from the vocal samples. The addition of a third member has added to the live experience – saxophone has to be … Read More

Toothless @ Brudenell, 3/3/17

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A smaller and smiley crowd gathered to watch Toothless perform amongst the fairy lights and disco balls of Brudenell Social Club. Only the fifth show of their first UK tour, there was a lovely rapport between crowd and band, with everyone being encouraged to come closer, and Ed Nash cracking … Read More