So yesterday was great, we spent a great day at Live at Leeds in the glorious sunshine! Live at Leeds is a music festival which has been running since 2007 and is hosted by both Leeds City Council & local music promotion company Futuresound. Yesterday we saw bands all over the city; at The Faversham, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Met Stage 1, Milo & Holy Trinity Church.
We worked out who we were going to see and planned out our route. First on our list; was Swiss Lips at 3pm.
Swiss Lips- The Faversham
Swiss Lips are a dance-electro-pop band from Manchester. My friend Doug is from that neck of the woods recommended them to me a couple of months back. So yesterday afternoon, we headed for The Faversham for some electro pop goodness. They were fantastic, although the venue was too small for a band like Swiss Lips. As their music is synth and electro heavy, it was so loud and we couldn’t hear the lead vocal. Regardless of this, they were incredible, I love their music! Swiss Lips have a single out now called U Got the Power- watch this amazing video below and visit their site & download their music here:
The Coopers- Brudenell Social Club
The Coopers are friends of ours and they performed nearby at Brudenell Social Club. The Coopers are a folk/pop band with great energy & a happy sound. The band are based in Leed consisting of two Aussies, a Greek & an Englishman; the combination is electric! Keep an ear out for these guys! You can check out their music here and their new single “Summers Child” is available for free download at www.thecoopers.net
Spirit of John- Milo (Downstairs)
As the day drew on we sunk deeper into folk and delved head first into country music, to a minuscule overcrowded bar near the Corn Exchange. As we squeezed through the door to join our fellow revellers we surrounded the two piece band “Spirit of John” It was a mind-blowing performance by Joshua Sheard on guitar and vocals and Adam Richards on Double bass and BV’s. I felt at one point we could have been in a bourbon soaked bar in the deep south. Sure I nearly got crushed by some music lovers but it felt like the most real performance of the day and how music should be appreciated. Crowded in together to see and hear some talented nutters smack the sh!t out of their instruments with such passion. Spirit of John are influenced by country, folk, blues & punk and are well worth seeing if you get the opportunity! You can buy their album Snakes here for £3 or more.
Laura Mvula- Leeds Met University: Stage 1
We first saw Laura Mvula on Graham Nortons Show a few months back. She rescued viewers with her soulful performance of “Green Garden” from Mark Wahlbergs amusing but distracting drunkenness on the show. Laura, 25 is from Birmingham and is tipped to be BBC’s Sound of 2013. Despite a technical difficulties that pushed the start time on by 20 minutes (which produced a slightly grumpy Yorkshire crowd) the gig was flawless! Laura is a classically trained, effortlessly brilliant vocalist. Together with her band which included her equally talented brother and sister on cello and violin; it was a tight performance. Not only is she talented, confident and gorgeous; she has some incredible tunes! Catchy melodies and beautifully arranged tracks; I was both impressed and inspired! She graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in Composition; and it certainly shows. Nice job Laura!
I highly recommend seeing her if you get the chance. She is one of those artists whose voices you need to hear in person, mp3s do not do her justice. You can buy her debut album “Sing to the Moon” here
The Staves- Holy Trinity Church
The final gig of the night was the Staves. Of all the acts we saw, this was the one we knew would blow us away. Slightly tired from walking from venue to venue; we found a little corner to perch in. We had an obscured view with a marble pillar and some very drunk dancing dudes blocking the way; and although at the most I saw 1 to 1 and a half Staves it was unforgettable.
The girls beautiful harmonies filled the church and flooded the rafters; you did not need to see them to appreciate the music. It was the perfect end to the day; sleepily drinking in the music in the stunning Holy Trinity Church. The Staves are an acoustic folk rock trio from Watford… oh and they are sisters! They were funny, witty and pitch perfect! They have a new EP out called Facing West, and you can also download their album “Dead & Born & Grown” here:
It was an fun-filled musical day with a wide range of music styles; electro-pop, folk/pop, folk/rock, country, blues, punk, acoustic and soul. There wasn’t a disappointing band amongst them. We left for home on the last train, tired and happy.