Live Review: Live At Leeds 2017

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The festival season is right around the corner and to ease us into the frenzy was Live At Leeds. Matt Maltese started proceedings for the festival by taking time to thank the crowd for turning up so early!

Throughout his set he joked with the crowd and showed he's more at ease with his startling ascent to the top. 'As The World Caves In' was a fantastic closer as we saw Matt sing of Theresa May and Donald Trump finding company in each other at the end of the world.

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Dead Pretties evoked a midday frenzy at The Key Club with their garage-punk. Recently released tune 'Social Experiment' hit all the right notes and seemed to chime with the audience at a liss with the current generation. 

After a quick walk through Leeds I was graced with the brilliant Ekkah, a fantastic pop duo who I hadn't had the pleasure of catching live for quite a while. What struck me at first was the band's confidence and how they seemed so at ease with the crowd. A brilliant festival act with neat choreography and an even better saxophone solo. 

HMLTD took to the stage next, adorned in white suits to test their northern crowd. With their fiery frontman Henry strutting about the stage like a swan that had been pissed on, they definitely brought their flamboyance. Adorned in white, they sped through fan favourites 'Music' and 'To The Door' and had the crowd in the palm of their hands throughout. HMLTD are very early in what seems to be quite a brilliant and lengthy career.

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Fresh off the back of the release of their debut album, 'Love In The 4th Dimension', The Big Moon stood ready to show their debut to the world with the likes of hit single 'Sucker'. Whipping out their wonderful cover of Madonna's 'Beautiful Stranger' to a frenzied response, they looked like a band at the top of their game. 

The Moonlandingz took to the stage in visually slightly understated stuff than the usual, however they seemed more than confident for their headline slot. They got to tease the crowd with 'Sweet Saturn Mine' and 'Black Hans', while frontman Johnny Rocket aka Lia Saoudi strutted up and down the stage. 

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Fans were given another treat when Jules Jackson, from The Big Moon, was chosen to help with the vocals on 'The Strangle Of Anna'. As the night drew to a close it was clear to see why Leeds has one of the liveliest music scenes around. Slightly emotional at how good the day had been it was time for an Uber home!

Words Jack Winstanley

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