Leeds Festival 2012 – BBC Introducing Stage – LS2's Ones To Watch

Heading to Leeds Festival this summer? Its only a few weeks away, so why not give these a listen! You may well adjust your plans to fit these sure to be brilliant sets.


A rock ‘n’ roll quartet hailing from the sunny side of Leeds.



HAWK EYES are from Leeds, Englandshire. They consist of Paul Astick (vocals / guitar), Rob Stephens (guitar), Ryan Clark (bass) and newly enlisted Steve Wilson (drums) and have done so in some form or another since 2005. Well, since drummer Matt joined from Whores Whores Whores anyway. nomination for Best Hard Rock Act at the Artrocker awards, touring fun with Turbowolf, The James Cleaver Quartet and Ginger Wildheart (though not all at the same time, you understand) and the release of the five-track ‘Mindhammers’ EP on Brew Records, the band describe their debut album Ideas as “sleek and modern and hardcore and suitably post-post-everything!”

Five-piece Mothic Horror Leeds band Black Moth were runners up in the Futuresound competition securing them a place on the BBC Introducing Stage. Their debut album ‘The Killing Jar’ is out now.


Proxies are a rock electronica band with roots in Yorkshire and London. Since becoming a full live band in the summer of 2011, Proxies have toured with the likes of Hadouken!, Kids In Glass Houses and Patrick Stump, played their own headline show and performed as part of HMV’s 2012 Next Big Thing. Initially recording and producing most music in their own bedrooms, Proxies self-released their debut EP ‘Lost Tapes, Volume I’, receiving over 10,000 downloads in the week of release. The band’s first single “If I Had A Penny To My Name” featured Sean Smith of The Blackout and was produced by Gareth McGrillen, no stranger to the electronic rock arena.

The anthemic candour of Midlands four-piece Max Raptor fuses classic British punk attitude with an astute sensibility to a ballsy riff, forthright narrative and infectious hook-fuelled chant. Heralded for the honest sketches of modern society that appeared on the critically acclaimed debut ‘Portraits’, the inimitable sound of Max Raptor transcends genre and generation.

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