Live at Leeds: Ones to Watch #2 November
This week has been all about the summer festival giving us a sneak peak in to who they think are 2018’s greatest contenders. Live at Leeds follows the pattern, with the November instalment of their monthly ‘Ones To Watch,’ previewing their line up for the first festival of the summer right here in Leeds’ City Centre.
The night saw Lewis Capaldi, Hey Charlie, Sam Fender, The Old Pink House, The Howl and The Hum, White Room, BABYTEETH, The Indigo Project, and The Hubbards, making the all-dayer an eclectic range of music from all corners of England. We take our top five picks from the huge line up of today:
The Old Pink House are a group who induced all sorts of adrenaline in the audience, delivering pure rock music, heavy in guitar riffs and head banging. The element that made this group memorable was the unfaltering energy that frontman brought to the stage, enabling to get the crowd pumped even during their early 6pm slot on the line up.
The Howl & The Hum are an entertaining band who certainly have endearing personalities, making their set the most warm and enjoyable half hour in the day. An intense yet high-spirited live set made them one of the most anticipated bands for this year’s festival. Native to the North, the York quartet have a special performance style led by frontman Sam Griffiths who shows an unapologetically charismatic and energetic personality. Songs with titles ‘I Wish I Was A Shark’ initially may seem comedic but are filled with emotive and sensitive lyrics, performed to audience who were evidently already familiar and fond of the band.
Sam Fender continued to add to the guitar heavy day, and is a part of BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 after just his second single ‘Greasy Spoon’ was playlisted on the prestigious station. He has built up a huge live and online following on just an impressive handful of self-released songs. Sam is a bold songwriter who has proved himself to be socially aware to a level not demonstrated commonly by fresh performers. His third release ‘Millennial’ is the perfect example of this, mockingly naming himself ‘young and dumb’ to emphasise the unhealthy attitudes towards today’s youth Though releasing as a solo artist, his live set is with a solid band behind him makes him unmissable.
Hey Charlie followed, and are certainly one of the most eye catching bands on stage. Self-styled to make three identical figures on stage, outfits and hairstyles coordinated to create a slick, signature aesthetic unique to Hey Charlie. The group are commonly described as a grunge-pop band, full of positive energy and vitality on stage but placing emphasis on heavy guitar riffs and attaining the “band” sound. Their debut release ‘Hey’ was as recent as May 2017, and it brought them on the scene quickly as the only band doing what they are doing. The pace at which they have been obtaining fans since then itself attests to the immense talent of the band.
Lewis Capaldi’s headline was surprisingly the most mellow of the night. Capturing the audience’s attention with just his guitar and voice in a solo set up, he performed a collection of his songs to an intimate crowd, all of whom knew the words. His powerful voice rendered anything other than himself on stage pointless anyway, and he certainly made the crowd excited for the annual Live at Leeds to return in 2018!
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