SPENDING the day as a Live at Leeds triple A pass-holder allowed for hours spent talking to lovely bands, taking too many pictures and finally getting to geographical grips with the city’s finest music venues.
Kicking off the morning talking to Al and Jeremy of Aussie indie-poppers, Cloud Control, was swiftly followed by a spell with Double Muscle up in the sweaty rafters of The Cockpit, only to be temporarily trapped in the back room due to the ruckus caused by These Monsters.
Finally escaping, it was over to Trinity Church, catching the tail end of this year’s answer to Jeff Buckley in the form of Marcus Foster, before fighting it out for pew space with photographers more professional than I to snap Cloud Control.
Job done, it was a brisk walk to Nation of Shopkeepers to interview the genre-bending Breton, which wiped out a well-spent hour of musical debate with lead singer, Roman, before hailing a ‘taco’ to the Brudenell to catch dark, lo-fi pop band, 2:54.
Half an hour later and it was back to Shopkeepers to hear for myself the curious hip-hop stylings of South-East Londoners, Breton, before meandering up to Leeds Met to see Manchester’s stalwart indie-proggers, Dutch Uncles.
After showing support to my former city-mates, it was one last taxi to the Brud to squeeze in a nostalgia session with the Young Knives who returned from their hiatus on form.
A manic, ecstatic day of music all round – stay tuned for in-depth interviews with Cloud Control and Breton.