A guilty pleasure of mine at every Live at Leeds Festival is, wait for it, to treat myself to watching an act within the haunting and mesmerizing atmosphere of Trinity Church.
In recent years this has been forgotten about with the gradual demise of the shopping centres around it. However since Trinity Leeds opened, it almost merges in with the ornate art-deco architecture or Trinity Church.
Tracking the artists appearing during the course of the day, I made it inside the church just as Rhodes was starting. The sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows surrounded the male acoustic artist, only accompanied by his guitar.
It’s difficult enough being given a timed slot to perform at Live at Leeds, never mind within a church, where every noise is amplified. After the initial movements from the bar to the seat, gradually the noise lessened until the drop of a pin could be heard. The fixation was on Rhodes, with his emotive, haunting voice, echoing amongst the pews.
It really was quite simply stunning to hear. What I usually find is the fact fans of all kinds of music watch a performance of this style as it really is as stripped down as it can possibly be. With a humble ‘thank you’ and a smile punctuating the applause after each track, Rhodes’s voice, piano and guitar just continuously filled the church atmosphere. One to definitely keep an eye on.