If you like your alternative indie with a serious helping of social comment and conscience, you could have done much worse than getting to Leeds on Thursday night to see Canadian twins Softcult as they wrapped their first headline UK tour.  Having formed in Kitchener, Ontario in 2020, Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn have spent the …

Glasgow’s Joesef brings his tour to Leeds tonight, playing to a sold out Brudenell Social Club. The Scot’s alternative indie vibe seemed to find new ways to connect with people over the last couple of years. After smashing a sold out gig in the famous King Tut’s in his hometown, before even releasing a song, …

Mae Muller opens her Leeds show in a style that would translate well to a much bigger venue. Already hyped by the excellent Cat Burns and a pre-set playlist that included Harry Styles, Britney and Dua Lipa, Muller’s band take the stage and slowly build on the anticipation. The opening chords of Nails So Long …

There’s already a buzz in Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club by the time Baby Queen hits the stage, a bundle of neon coloured energy. The 24 year old London based singer hits her stride from the off, covering the stage and connecting with the audience with immediate effect. It’s an accomplished opening, especially given this is …

It’s been a long time coming. 3 postponements due to the pandemic, but finally the Future Nostalgia Tour arrived in Leeds in style. As Dua Lipa said to the adoring audience, she was “so grateful to be sharing the evening” with us all and “sharing the stage with these amazing people”. Beginning a set in …

This is something of a homecoming for Kawala who formed in 2014 at Leeds College of Music, literally a stones throw from The Wardrobe where they kicked off their 2022 tour tonight, supporting their first album Better With You. Entering the stage with a bang, frontmen Jim Higson and Daniel McCarthy certainly made an impression. Jim …

Ever had that feeling you’ve forgotten something? Maybe you’ve left the house and forgotten to put something on? “Good evening Leeds. We’re Half-Naked!” was the greeting from Barenaked Ladies lead singer, Ed Robertson. Missing two of their regular 4 piece lineup (due to COVID), Ed and drummer Tyler Stewart have decided to carry on with …

At 9.15 Lola Young emerges through the smoke on the stage at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds, to a rapturous welcome from the 300-strong crowd. There’s excitement among them to see the powerful singer-songwriter, as a few people tell me, hot on the heels of IWD 2022. No-one is here by accident – they know …

Alfie Templeman is one of those overnight successes that’s actually been a few years in the making. Even at the age of just 19, he’s been writing and recording since 2016, and his professional debut was released in 2018. A few great EPs and a critically acclaimed ‘mini album’ – Forever Isn’t Long Enough – …

Review and photos by Huw Williams SOAK brought their blend of indie folk and dream pop to Oporto Bar in Leeds tonight, in support of Independent Venues Week. It shows the importance to of venues like this. A few dozen people crammed into an intimate venue like this really is what live music is all …