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Interview The Cribs
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Preview Status Quo
Status Quo fans given an opportunity to bid drummer adieu at Leeds Arena
British musical legend Matt Letley to make one of his final performances with the band at the venue
British boogie rock heroes Status Quo have announced today that they will be playing Leeds Arena later this year, for one of drummer Matt Letley’s final gigs before leaving the band after 12 years.
Part of an 11 date “Bula Quo!” UK Winter tour – named after the band’s debut feature film with soundtrack, to be released over the summer - the groups’ performance on Tuesday 17th December at the SMG operated venue, will take place two days before Letley has confirmed…
Leeds Festival Chorus to sing in Venice – thanks to Alessandro
Venetian Alessandro Taverna was a finalist in the 2009 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition – he came third. While he was in the city he developed a great admiration for one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious choirs, the 170-strong Leeds Festival Chorus, and has now invited them to sing in Italy next year.
It began when he was rehearsing, at the Headingley home of Margaret Mara, who sings alto in the Chorus and whose Steinway grand piano has been at the service of a number of other contestants – currently it is being used by Alexander Ullman.
“I got to know Alessandro…
A local train company has teamed up with Leeds Festival 2012 as an official travel sponsor, and are supporting a Yorkshire band who are on track to make their debut at the summer’s hottest music event.
To celebrate the launch of their combined train and bus tickets to the festival, First TransPennine Express (FTPE) invited upcoming Leeds band, Backyards, to provide acoustic entertainment to FTPE passengers on a recent train between Huddersfield and Leeds.
Performing songs off their EP ‘If You’re Scared’, Backyards have been shortlisted to take part in the Futuresound competition, which takes place throughout June and July…
Kamelia Kountcheva reviews two rising stars in the Leeds music scene.
On the cold Wednesday evening of February 8th, in the heart of Leeds, a little epicentre of excited heat radiated from the Nation of Shopkeepers bar. Fans gathered, eagerly waiting to see two of their rising local bands perform.
Hunting Bears, a five-piece folk band from Leeds, took to the stage first, warming up a steadily thickening crowd of edgy fringes, floral dresses and schoolboy jumpers. The folk feel was imminent with this band, as the violin rang and the ukulele jangled the first chords of ‘Heavy Tree’. Their beautiful harmonies were only enhanced by the infectious chemistry between the…
Live Review Reel Big Fish
Cat Marr reviews the veteran pop-punkers who bring their party vibes back to Leeds one more time.
The ska pop-punk band Reel Big Fish once wrote a song called, "Don’t Start A Band" and after a sixteen plus year career, this isn’t their mantra.
If you haven’t heard or seen Reel Big Fish, imagine an American Madness, with a lead singer sporting a 50s style. Their music is ska-influenced and live they are extremely entertaining and the one simple word to sum them up is fun!
Without a song appearing in the charts recently, it was difficult to imagine how good they were going to be, they jumped on to stage and the first noticeable thing was…
Live Review Still Corners
Neil Chapman checks out the English Sub Pop signings whose recent album has received a good deal of praise.
Still Corners arrive at the Brudenell Social Club with some strong recommendations. The debut album Creatures of an Hour received universally strong reviews. It made a prominent appearance in the Leeds Guide album of the year list and was named Album of the Year by Jumbo Records. So it was with great expectations that a hardy few souls braved the bitter cold and snow on a Monday night to see what all the fuss was about.
Support for the night came from Just Handshakes (We’re British) and My Sad Captains. Both come and go having received a warm reception from…