The wider awareness of Los Campesinos! may come largely from their involvement in advertising for a certain brand of beer, and subsequently their use on the FA Cup coverage, but there's so much more to the Welsh sextet than a successful advertising campaign. This year they're celebrating their tenth anniversary, much like Live at Leeds itself, so they're sure to have a varied setlist showcasing their extensive and enthralling back catalogue of jittery pop rock explosions.
In years to come Loyle Carner's name sitting atop your festival bill will be the ultimate in bragging rights. He's currently only eighteen years old, but anyone who's already caught him live or listened to his drip-fed release of self-recorded songs, will tell you that he's destined for the big time. A British rapper who focuses on real issues and steers away from the bling and the sex (for now, anyway) and still finds time to found a cookery school for young boys with ADHD. An inspiration just waiting for you to check him out.
Manchester's musical history is filled with legends, but it's been a little while since they've unleashed a new set of heroes on the charts. Spring King look set to change that with their rambunctious basket of anthems. Skittering classics-in-making like 'Mumma' have already established them in small venues around the country and, recent single, 'Rectifier' saw them smooth the edges and craft their first out-and-out monster. Set to bother your subconscious with their hooks any day now.
Future of the Left
Born from the ashes of McLusky and Million Dead, Future of the Left have more than escaped the shadow of their former guises, in fact (in the case of McLusky, anyway) they've even embraced the history by including the music within their setlists. They've recently unleashed 'The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left', a crowd-funded album which pushes their eccentric melodies to even greater extremes than ever before. The live experience is all-encompassing and they're sure to be a highlight of the weekend.
The festival takes place this weekend across a huge array of venues in Leeds City Centre. Tickets are still available, a steal at just £32.50 for a full day of live music, at the website.
The full lineup is shown on the poster below.