By Claire Schofield
Music lovers are rejoicing as the eagerly awaited Saturday schedule for the Live at Leeds festival is revealed.
More than 20 official venues are set to welcome more than 200 bands and musicians to perform to 15,000 fans in less than six weeks’ time.
This year’s line-up includes established artists including Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., chart toppers Clean Bandit and Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses, alongside emerging underground talent, such as Wolf Alice, Youth Man and Saint Raymond.
Futuresound festival promoter, Andy Smith, said: “We are really excited for the festival this year. 2014 sees the event expand to include 20 stages across the city and over 200 bands performing as part of the Saturday Wristband Event and further events taking place across the entire bank holiday weekend.”
Leeds’ First Direct Arena has also been announced as the host of the wristband exchange area on Saturday 3 May.
Rebecca Armstrong, from First Direct Arena, said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this year’s Live at Leeds festival and we are excited to be growing our support of Futuresound and one of the biggest and most exciting music festival in Leeds’ calendar.”
“We look forward to being part of Live at Leeds again and welcoming thousands of festival goers here at the arena in May.”
The popular music festival, which will run from May 2 to 5, is now in its eighth year.
With the inclusion of a special show celebrating Dance To The Radio, an independent record label in Leeds, at Leeds Town Hall and a one-off show from ¡Forward, Russia! and I Like Trains performing a 10 year anniversary concert, 2014 is set to be the biggest to date boasting one of the strongest line-ups yet.
New venues which will feature this year include Leeds Town Hall, Leeds College of Music, HiFi Club, Oporto and Belgrave Music Hall.
The Unconference – an event featuring talks from a host of guest speakers and panels from the music industry – will also be making a change for this year with a special launch party on April 9 at Leeds Brundell Social Club.
This event will run in conjunction with AIM (Association Independent Music) social which will feature information on accessing funding in the music industry.
The event will include chats from Arts Council, PRS for Music and Claire NcNeil from AIM and will be closed with a free live performances from Post War Glamour Girls and The Horn The Hunt.
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