Scooping the coveted gong at the ceremony held at the Troxy in London last night, the Yorkshire festival beat-off stiff competition from last year’s winner Dot To Dot Festival, plus Festival No.6, FOCUS Wales, and more, to be named as this year’s new music showcasing champion.
As chosen by panel of experts searching for ‘the festival that most effectively supports and promotes the smallest names on its line-up, helping to guarantee a future in which festivals remain musically vibrant and diverse’; Live At Leeds Festival was seen to best satisfy the criteria at its triumphant 2018 event.
Offering his reaction to the news, Andy Smith, Head Booker at Live At Leeds said, “We’re delighted to have been named Best Festival for Emerging Artists at the UK Festival Awards this year. Showcasing new talent is at the heart of everything we do at Live at Leeds. The festival has now become one of the key showcase events in the UK so it’s fantastic to have been recognised for all the hard work that goes into producing the bill each year. Keep your eyes open for more line-up announcements, Live at Leeds will be the first place to catch the most hotly tipped acts of 2019.”
In 2018, the festival boasted a thriving bill of fresh faces destined for greatness, with notable performances from breakthrough acts the likes of Boy Azooga, Sam Fender, Blaenavon, Pale Waves, WhenYoung and over 150 artists across its multiple venues and stages.
Looking to build on this year’s successes, Live At Leeds 2019 is already positioning itself once again as the starting point to the summer of live music – looking to bring together the names and bands that’ll be on everyone’s lips for the next 12 months. In its recent first announcement, the festival unveiled 55 acts who will be taking to its stages in 2019 with a wealth of hotly-tipped new talent such as Fuzzy Sun, Zuzu, Saltwater Sun, Squid, Sports Team, Big Society, Heavy Lungs, Retro Video Club, No Hot Ashes, Sad Boys Club, Beabadoobee, amongst a host of more established acts surely shaping-up to be the headliners of tomorrow including Sundara Karma, Tom Grennan, Dream Wife, Goat Girl, Black Honey and more, in what the festival is promising will be its biggest lineup to date.
Utilising venues and locations around the city, Live At Leeds offers a festival full of unmissable moments – with a host of the finest in fresh and exciting music. Always changing and with something different around every corner, Live At Leeds packs in a vast array of bands and acts reshaping genre and styles.
The ultimate all-dayer, the festival remains unmatched as the leading light of live music and inner-city fun. Bursting at the seams with new bands all on the verge of something special, the Live At Leeds offers something for everyone.
Tickets for Live At Leeds 2019 are on sale now, starting from £36 + Booking Fee – available from https://www.liveatleeds.com/
Live At Leeds 2019 – First Acts Announced
Sundara Karma / Tom Grennan / Metronomy
Black Honey / Dream Wife / Goat Girl / Ibibio Sound Machine / Swim Deep
Easy Life / Eli Ingram / Gengahr / Lauren Aquilina / Marsicans
Aaron Smith / Aeris Roves / Alligator / Another Sky / Beabadoobee / Benin City
Big Society / Bilk / Black Belt Eagle Scout / Chappaqua Wrestling
Dancing On Tables / Far Caspian / Fuzzy Sun / Gently Tender / Giant Rooks
Greatest Hits / Heavy Lungs / Horror My Friend / Household Dogs / Ivory Wave
Jeffe / Kawala / Kingswood / Lauren Hibbard / Lucas Watt / Mae Muller
Malena Zavala / No Hot Ashes / Ormstons / Retro Video Club / Sad Boys Club
Saint Agnes / Saltwater Sun / Sports Team / Squid / Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Sun Silva / Swimming Girls / Tamu Massif / Teeff / The Dunts / The Mysterines
The Pearl Hearts / The Skinner Brothers / Thyla / Walt Disco / Wild Youth / Zuzu