This weekend saw Leeds play host to the metropolitan festival Live at Leeds.
Unlike most festivals, this festival only lasted one day with over 30 musicians playing 17 different venues across the city centre.
The festival comes as part of the Leeds International Festival which celebrates the city’s cultural portfolio of the world.
Local alternative band The Pigeon Detectives headlined the festival this year, playing an intimate set at the Church stage unlike headliners Slaves and White Lies, who played at the O2 Academy stage.
The festival also featured other bands from the city like Marsicans and Clay as well as international artists such as Australia’s very own Jagwar Ma and Anglo-Danish group Off Bloom.
Amongst walking through the busy streets of Leeds, I took it upon myself to vox pop the locals and get their opinions on the festival.
Amrita Johal | 19 | Student | Feltham, London.
“I think Live at Leeds itself is a great way of expressing music and culture. I’m not from Leeds originally and I’ve always wanted to come and experience the festival for myself. Now that I have, I can’t get over how amazing the festival is. It really shines a huge light on Leeds.”
Benjamin Wood | 16 | Student | Little London, Leeds.
“I don’t particular see the interest in the festival. I think Leeds hosts so many other festivals like Leeds Festival and Slam Dunk that we don’t need to put on any more. I feel like it’s a waste of money and that the artists playing can easily get recognition without this particular event.”
Slaves Set Review:
Kent-based punk duo Slaves were one of many artists to grace the O2 Academy stage of the festival.
The duo have proven themselves to be a great asset in the music industry since forming in 2012, using their unique music styles to highlight their political beliefs.
Opening their first ever Live at Leeds show with ‘Ninety Nine’, the crowd embraced their extraordinary performance at the academy whilst red and white strobe lights blared onto both them and the band.
After a long 13 hours of music and culture, the city of Leeds eventually said goodbye to the festival, with the festival-goers leaving in hope that next year can top what I believe was the best year for the festival.