A TMB Guide to Live at Leeds (with Marsicans!)

Live At Leeds is practically a TMB institution by now as we simply can’t resist the incredible line-up they manage to put together every single year. 2019 is no different, as the 4th May will see hundreds of incredible musicians depend upon the Yorkshire town for a day of drinks, (hopefully) sun and most importantly, lots and lots of great new music.

Now that the big day is less than a month away (seriously, grab tickets before it’s too late!!), the Too Many Blogs team has put together a short guide to the best new tunes from the windy city along with some hotspot recommendations with input from the one and only Marsicans! And dive into our LaL-inspired playlist to hear all best tunes in one place…

Elli’s picks:
If it’s as sunny as I’m hoping on the 4th May – make sure you take a trip to Headrow House. The multi-storey bar and venue space boasts an amazing selection of food & drink and two levels of delightful decking to fully appreciate the northern skyline and catch some rays. Musically, I’d be heading straight for APRE, Body Type, Brunswick, Hak Baker & definitely, definitely Leeds’ own indie-boppers Talkboy.

Lisa’s fave place:
Hyde Park Book Club’s live music, workshops, coffee, drinks and delicious vegan food – all in a cosy cafe with an outdoor area – make it the perfect place to spend any sunny or rainy day. But on Saturday the 4th I can’t wait to visit Headrow House to see Kojaque!

Sean’s fave place:
Chunk is one of those special places that, despite resembling a scrap yard both outside and occasionally inside, emanates love and underground creativity in a way that no wanky IPA or £13 bao bun could. It doesn’t matter who’s playing. Go and support this artist community who live and die for music, for music’s sake!! Although on Saturday, you’ll find me at Brudenell at 9pm to catch loud Dublin newbies The Murder Capital.

Marsicans’ History of Leeds
Three of four Marsicans grew up in Leeds…East Leeds to be precise (unfortunately not as ‘cool’ as East London). I (Rob) grew up in Halifax, a small town nearby, and so Leeds was always ‘the big city’ for me. In my first band, we only ever played in Leeds, because it had a proper music scene and there were some really great bands to play with. This is how I met the other three boys and how, on secret lunch dates, they poached me to join Marsicans. 

“I think that the city has definitely had an impact on the band; there was always so much going on here that we were able to hone our craft for a few years before feeling the need to start touring further afield. By the time we finally arrived in London and learned that there was an entire industry that lived down there, we could actually play our instruments and knew exactly what we wanted. It sounds like a small thing, but it’s easy to get swept along in music without building self-confidence. We owe a lot to the Leeds scene and the community that surrounded our band in the early days.”

Rob’s fave place:
“Nothing will ever fill the void that The Cockpit left behind in the Leeds small venue game, but there are still some really cool places to go and see bands. Wharf Chambers is probably the smallest and coolest venue in the city right now. It has a proper DIY spirit and serves its soft drinks out of 2 litre pop bottles that you’d find in the supermarket. I like that! Obviously the Academy and the Arena are wonderful for bringing in bigger touring acts, but as far as bigger venues go my favourite has got to be Church. We played Church on the final date of our first headline tour and it’s just an amazing space! Which other venue can you go to that has a stained glass window behind the stage?! 

If you’re at Live At Leeds this year you should definitely check out as many venues as you can, but make sure you see Indoor Pets, Gengahr, Talkboy, Kwassa, and us, obviously.”

Jake’s picks:
I’ve never been to Leeds but I’m sure if I had, I’d say something like ‘Make sure you hit up the Brudenell Social Club and take full advantage of their Games Room with Snooker Table, 5 Pool Tables, Darts, Table Football, Pinball Machine, a large concert room, Sky TV and ESPN showing all the live sports in HD. I hear they serve quality local cask and world speciality craft ales that sit alongside well known and accessible brands, all at a fair price.’ With regards to line-up, go and see 404, Squid, Team Picture, Wooze and Wovoka Gentle.

Katie’s fave place:
Where to go on a hungover Sunday 5th May? There’s no place better than Wapentake – BANGIN brekkies, great beer, dog-friendly, super central and pretty sure it has outside seating for that glorious sun that’s forecasted! But before that, make sure you see Far Caspian on Saturday, the Leeds trio can’t stop releasing jangly indie goodness!

Tom’s fave place:
Cardigan Road’s own Man V Roast is one of the best roast dinner options in Leeds. Apart from Sunday eve, their delivery service allows you to enjoy your £6 veggie roast in the comfort of your home! But to be honest, I’m more excited for WOOZE than anything else!