Tonight in Manchester is firmly about pushing things forward. The Deaf Institute isn’t quite full, but the people who are here are very much the early adopters; the ones who take the plunge before the following crowd; the ones who have realised that Australia’s Gang Of Youths are already sitting on the anthems which will set 2018 on fire.
For two countries with so much in common, the filtering through of Australian music to British audiences has been an historically laboured affair. That's why Gang of Youths are celebrating a number one album on the other side of the world but they're still treating us to the kind of intimate venues most could only dream of.
This year's Live at Leeds line-up is already looking like the strongest in the event's history. With an opening party from Future Islands, a closing event from Maximo Park and a Saturday bill featuring Rag 'n' Bone Man, Slaves, The Big Moon, White Lies and Black Honey, the organisers have now unleashed an extensive list of final names.