1. It’s the 10th anniversary…

Marking the 10th anniversary of any major event or festival is no mean feat. The Leeds stalwart showcase has carved out a serious reputation for nurturing and finding talent throughout its tenure. The likes of Mumford and Sons, Rudimental, James Blake and Boxed In have all applied their trade at the beloved show and gone on to huge success thereafter. This year look out for The Sherlocks; the Sheffield four-piece consisting of two sets of brothers who are well on the way to big things with Live at Leeds surely being a catalyst for the summer season ahead.

2. Corinne Bailey Ray

One of Leeds finest ever talents will grace LAL with a special 10th-anniversary show at Hi-Fi. With her new album ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ on the horizon, this will be an extra special show for Corinne who used to work at Hi-Fi before her big break through . The double grammy award winning artist will mark the album’s release with this special show before embarking on a huge tour culminating with a supporting spot to Lionel Richie over in the US.

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If you’re an avid Bowie fan and let’s face it, who isn’t? You’ll be happy to know that Leeds College of Music Big Band will present a special one-off performance in remembrance of the South London legend.

4. The New Stage

This year, for the first time, Briggate will host a stage at LAL. Not only will it be a FREE showcase for passing punters to get a feel for the inner city festival, but there will be street food available courtesy of Leeds Indi Food. Music comes courtesy of Colour of Spring and Where Fires Are.

5. Circa Waves

Liverpudlian headline act Circa Waves formed in 2013 and went straight into the limelight curating energetic sets married with a catchy rhythm. After the critically acclaimed Young Fathers album last year hit all the seminal heights, the four-piece have toured the UK to sell out audiences. With a stop off at Live at Leeds imminent, this is one band you need to tick off your list on April 30th.

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A special mention goes out to Hull based Punk outfit LIFE, who take over the Hyde Park Book Club on Saturday 30th April.

LIFE are a band of black-clad brothers who tear through the night with razor-sharp vocals and a ferocious sound. A modern punk band who have gained success while still maintaining the mantra of Do It Yourself.

The band features leading man Mez, his lyrical and blood brother Mick on guitar, Loz on bass, and Stew on drums. Between them they create compositions which emit a reflection of modern society, cutting no corners and getting down to the bare-faced grit of reality.

“An anarchic piece of pop, weirdly uncompromising and addictive” – Steve Lamacq 

Underdogs from an underdog city, they have secured themselves a fruitful reputation on national radio stations, with 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq championing recent singles Go Go Go and Popular Music and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens picking them as one of the breakthrough bands of 2016.

They’ve performed across the country, securing a place on the BBC Introducing stage at two significant festivals last year, and are set to continue tearing strips into the country as they say it just how it is. A LIFE set is fuelled by their sheer determination and indispensable energy. If you haven’t already experienced it, sort your life out and get down to a LIFE gig – any LIFE gig.

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