On April 29th, thousands of music fans will descend on Leeds city centre for the annual Live At Leeds festival. With a line up bigger and better than ever before, here are our picks for bands to watch at this years LAL.

 

The Pigeon Detectives
When: 2:45pm
Where: Holy Trinity Church

Remember 2007? That was 10 long years ago, a whole decade. It was the year that The Pigeon Detectives first came onto the music scene with their debut album Wait For Me. Now ten years later, the band are still dominating the indie side of the scene and are sure to attract a huge hometown crowd at this years LAL.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: I Found Out

 

White Lies
When: 3pm
Where: Leeds O2 Academy

Kicking off the day at one of the largest venues of the day are main stage festival legends White Lies. Armed with their huge 80’s sound, they are a perfect soundtrack to a mid-afternoon pint, if you’re of age of course. Now 4 albums in, we’re hoping to see an “all killer no filler” setlist from the band.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Farewell To The Fairground

 

The Hunna
When: 4:15pm
Where: The Refectory At Leeds University

With regular airplay on BBC Radio 1, The Hunna are guaranteed to be your new favourite band. Their infectious and memorable indie pop has a wicked rock edge to it. Their choruses are incredibly catchy and it’s easy to see why these guys are making 2017 their year.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Bonfire

 

Yonaka
When: 5pm
Where: Lending Room

Having just supported Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes in the UK, Yonaka are set for more great things in 2017. Having recently been announced for Download festival, the Brighton bunch are genre bending and their cool indie vibes have undertones of grunge. There are occasional psychedelic vocals from front woman Theresa Jarvis, she is a born performer and they deserve a packed crowd to display their music to.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Drongo

 

Clean Cut Kid
When: 8:15pm
Where: The Refectory At Leeds University

Synth vibes, on point harmonies and catchy hooks, what more could you want from a band at a festival? Clean Cut Kid are super fun and the video for their song Pick Me Up is anything to go by, their live show looks to be like one big party (and also makes us want to do spring cleaning).

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Pick Me Up

 

Slaves
When: 9pm
Where: Leeds O2 Academy

Having already proved themselves as a solid festival band at last year’s Reading and Leeds festival, Slaves are set to headline the Leeds O2 in style. We would recommend getting down to the venue early to guarantee entry, you do not want to miss them because who knows what will happen at a Slaves live show?

Song We Can’t Wait To See: The Hunter

 

Rag n Bone Man
When: 9:45pm
Where: The Refectory At Leeds University

The Brit award winner is currently taking the airwaves by storm with his two huge singles Skin and Human. Rag n Bone Man has recently performed on the Ellen show in the US so LAL are super lucky to have booked him before he certifies himself as a worldwide superstar. Human  is also guaranteed to be the biggest sing a long of the day, trust us.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Human

 

Nothing But Thieves
When: 10:30pm
Where: Stylus At Leeds University

Alt rockers Nothing But Thieves made a huge name for themselves in 2015/16 when their debut album dropped and recently they were seen supporting Muse on their Drones world tour. LAL is the prefect headline spot for NBT to prove to everyone that they deserve to be at the top of the bill at any show in 2017. If you don’t get to catch them this time around, they are also playing 2000 Trees festival with fellow LAL headliners Slaves.

Song We Can’t Wait To See: Itch


Tickets for this year’s LAL festival are still online and are priced at £32.50 plus booking fee. Tickets for the pre party on the Friday 28th are SOLD OUT but if you’re quick, there are tickets left for the finale on Sunday 30th featuring Spector, Little Comets and headliners Maximo Park! Tickets are £22 for the standalone gig or just £11 to top up your LAL Saturday wristband.