The suspense of festival season.

This appeared on the Live at Leeds social media feeds the other day.

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(C) Live at Leeds

We like this imagery. It means things are happening, all good things.

Saturday 30th April will be the 10th anniversary of Live at Leeds. Considering the success over this time period, I can imagine a significant celebration will be in order. Now is as good a time as any to prove why Leeds is still THE place to come to for music of all genres, no matter how established an act is.

The event has stood firm through the years and many of the venues once known for hosting large sections of the day have now diminished. My fear, admittedly, was at the rate this was happening, the style of the festival itself would have to be compromised.

Thankfully this has not been the case.

Extended to include a digital programme in the days prior to the one-dayer we all know the best, it really will be a week of events that show people that Leeds will always be a place for live music.

Now let’s be patient and see what is in store for what is undoubtedly one of the best metropolitan festivals across the nation.

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Independent Venue Week – What does it mean?

So this is something I’ve been really looking forward to. Quite alot if I’m honest. You all know how frustrated I am at the closer of independent music venues in Leeds over the last few years, the last 18 months in particular. If you don’t know – it’s a topic I will be addressing in more detail shortly.

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(c) Independent Venue Week

I am torn as of course it is a brilliant idea to allow independent venues to be celebrated and receive the credit and recognition they deserve. However, it does also feel a shame that something like this has to be done in order for their future to remain intact. Kind of a double-edged sword really. To avoid the ending that many pubs have faced over the last few years, it is something that has to be addressed.

These independent venues are integral to a city, regardless of how big that city may be. They provide the essential platform for musicians to establish themselves, create a fanbase and start their journey. Grafting hard selling tickets, promoting, juggling full-time jobs with band practices, playing those venues where only a fraction of the crowd have any idea who you are. It’s a valuable learning curve and one that is being seriously threatened by the closure of the independent venues.

Now since Leeds are already down a few venues in compaison to recent years, it is good to see the likes of The Library on the official list of venues for this celebration. York, Doncaster and Wakefield to name but a few in the region also have venues on offer this week. Check out the full list here .

As they say; if you don’t use it, you will lose it. After all, how many more venues can Leeds afford to lose?

Read more about Independent Venue Week here.

The return

Apologies for the extended hiatus. Finding a job and in general life seemed to sweep in and nab the end of 2015! The good news is I am back (With a job too!).

The end of 2015 allowed me to get back out into the local music scene, something I will always love. It sadly also saw the end of yet another music venue in Leeds. Don’t get me started in this article about that one…

So to kick start 2016, over the next couple of week I will be rounding up the end of 2015 musically, and look ahead to what the year will bring. I am also looking at what music venues hold the opportunities for new bands in Leeds and what the solution is to ‘stop the rot’ that is the closing of these places.

Stick with me and I’ll be back shortly with this and more.