This year’s Live At Leeds was busier than ever, and bursting with great acts. The only downside is that it’s impossible to be in three places at the same time so that meant missing out on a couple of bands I would have liked to see. However…the upside for me this year was that I was part of the Live At Leeds team so that kind of improved the whole experience in terms of where I could go and how long I could stay.
We started the day at the Arena to see who was covering what and pick up our ‘Access all Areas’ passes and then it was straight into the VIP area to photograph The Sunshine Underground and Wolf Alice. Wolf Alice were lovely and Sunshine have been in Sheffield at McCall Studios recording their new album with Ross Orton so we had a kind of shared connection there which was really nice.
From there it was onto sponsor photography. Blacks Solicitors had their own stand and were busy dishing out flyers on Pete Bott who handles all their music and entertainment law. Enjoy Digital had produced a festival app so that everyone could keep tabs on what was happening where and any ongoing news; and Heineken were on hand with some light refreshment…needless to say they were fairly popular!
My first performance venue was Pretty Green, Liam Gallagher’s clothing store where Manchester bands Feed the Kid and Luna King were playing. I like this shot of Feed the Kid lead Taylor – the stance, and his look is a bit reminiscent of Liam which is fitting really…just missing the tambourine…
Moving swiftly on..Sheffield band the Hosts texted me to say they were on at one of the Uni venues which, along with the O2, and occasional treks back to the VIP area, was my patch for most of the day.
Next up Courtney Barnett then Royal Blood, who make a lot of noise for two people. Brilliant stuff and I got to stay for the whole gig!
Onto Chloe Howl, and Ella Eyre at the O2 where I got some great shots of the crowd and at stage level….
…before heading back to Leeds Uni for the fantastic Whytches. They’re really heavy and like Royal Blood give the whole show bags of energy. I really liked them.
Fat White Family are kind of crazy and I was only there for a few minutes before their management kicked us all out.
And I caught the end of Sunshine Underground’s set before my last act, Arthur Hammond Jr. All in all a very busy day and another hugely successful Live At Leeds. Thanks to all the team, it was so great to be a part of it.