Live at Leeds: 3 classic indie rock bands to rediscover

Live at Leeds Festival 2016

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the award winning Live At Leeds is back on the 30th April and Derek and I are lucky enough to be heading along, as part of The Blogger Programme.

Having played host to the likes of Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and The Vaccines over the years, each year Live At Leeds provides a snapshot of everything that is cutting edge in music right now.

Me and my pal Lynsey watching bands in 2008!

I am a BIG 60s and 70s music fan (The Stones, Fleetwood Mac.. Bluesy rock is my thing) However, I do really enjoy discovering new music acts too.

Over the years I have gone to many of the big festivals. Doing the hippy trail at Glastonbury, in something floaty and flowery, will be very different to this inner city fest. The bands performing here are set to take over a multitude of venues across the city; a far cry from the rolling fields of the established venues but we are really excited to see what it has to offer and how it compares!

Topping the bill is chart fave Jess Glynne, along with many more. Some I have heard of some are new but actually, I am most looking forward to getting re- aquainted with some indie acts from the early 2000s!

So fill your cup with cider, pull on your skinny jeans and get ready to jump up and down like you are 18 years old again. Here’s my top 3 indie bands to look out for if you are heading to Live at Leeds.

  1. Mystery Jets –The uplifting single Bubblegum is currently doing the rounds on the airwaves, but this lot are known for a host of classic anthems such as Two Doors Down. Bubblegum


  1. We Are Scientists –New York City-based indie rock band were big in the early 2000s then disappeared along with the rest in recent years, in what became known as “indie Armageddon”. It’s good to see them back doing the rounds. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt was a particularly catchy tune back in the day! Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt


  1. Band of Skulls – Bringing their signature brand of raucous rock to proceedings. The hit “The Devil Takes Care of His Own” is definitely worth a listen. The Devil Takes Care of His Own


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