Live at Leeds 2012

100 Bands, 11 venues, 1 city

May day bank holiday 2012 saw Leeds host its 4th annual Live At Leeds festival and thousands of music enthusiasts engulfed the city in anticipation of unearthing a hidden gem. With the likes of The Enemy, Reverend and the makers, Ladyhawk and Example headlining the event was a huge success.

The event began in some of the smaller more intimate venues around Leeds, Nation of shop keepers in the heart of the city had a great crowd all day and an incredible sound for such a small venue. Their courtyard was alive which added to the atmosphere inside and when bands like The Likely Lads and Broken hearts began to rock, the excitable crowd hung on their every chord.

Fast forward to 6pm and it was the turn of the big boys, Spector were on stage in the 02 arena and drew the biggest crowd of the night. With their catchy sing along lyrics and bright Hawaiian shirts songs like Chevy Thunder and Celestine sent the crowd wild. The Enemy had a huge task following such a class act, and they knew they had to deliver on all fronts, and that they did. With a huge opening and 5 songs without pausing for a breath they announced their arrival and proved why they were the biggest name on the bill. Aggro, Away from here, Technodanceaphobic and It’s not ok grabbed the crowd by the scruff and stirred them into rock n’ roll frenzy.

Before the Enemy could leave the stage, fans were rushing for the exit to get a place in the Faversham, a small venue nestled behind the University of Leeds in order to see Reverend and the Makers who have a huge following throughout Yorkshire. The venue was packed and many people were forced to listen from outside whilst John McClure, in trademark fashion entertained the baying crowd, saying in between songs that he was sorry it was so rammed and that he would come back and play a gig for those who could not get in. True to his word The Reverend played an acoustic set on the steps of the Faversham which has surely won him new admirers and reassured fans why they love him so much.

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