No May gig list would be complete without mentioning Live At Leeds, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Take a look at some our top gig picks from around Leeds and Manchester.
Catherine McGrath @ The Deaf Institute Manchester 01.05.18
The month of May kicks off at The Deaf Institute in Manchester with Irish country singer Catherine McGrath. With songs that are reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s early career, Catherine McGrath grew up surrounded by music and started her career posting videos online and caught the attention of the company Instrumental. McGrath moved to London to work with the company and in 2016, signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. McGrath will be realising her debut album Talk Of This Town on the 27th July.
For fans of Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn.
Monumetum Music Fund Show @ The Wardrobe Leeds 4.05.18
The 11th Live At Leeds festival kicks off with the Unconference and PRS Monumentum Music Fund Show featuring Fenne Lily, Our Girl and Chelou. Singer-songwriter, Fenne Lily from Bristol channels raw emotions with dulcet, alto tones in a chilled acoustic style. Brighton trio Our Girl switch effortlessly from stark tenderness to thick garage rock-riffs. NME describes their music as “a thundering yet intimate delight.” Alternative indie pop with an air of mystery; at least that’s one way to talk about Chelou. The lo-fi rock sound from the Leeds uni alum is truly mesmerising. This promises to be a delightful evening, showcasing some worthwhile bands.
L@L @ various venues Leeds 05.05.17
The city-wide festival returns for its eleventh year and it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever with lots of new stages including the Spiegeltent on Millennium Square and appearances from the hottest new artists from up and down the country. Check out our top tips for the festival here. It’s certainly not one to miss, with headliners like indie favourites The Vaccines, Peace and Circa Waves gracing the stage, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Nina Nesbitt @ Club Academy Manchester 19.05.18
L@L alum Nina Nesbitt is taking a second chance on her music career. She’s keeping the easily relatable, heartfelt lyrics that she is known for but this time is weaving them with R&B vibes and low-key laments for a experimental finish.
For fans of Gabrielle Aplin and Rae Morris
Emma Stevens @ Castle Hotel, Manchester 28.05.18
Down to earth surfer chick Emma Stevens fuses catchy pop, country and multi-instrumental folk in her unique blend of uplifting songs that are sure to put a smile on you face. Over her music career Emma Stevens has collaborated with a huge variety of talents a dipped her toe in with many different genres but it wasn’t until 2012 when her mother was diagnosed with cancer that Stevens decided to pursue a solo career. The DIY artist released her third album To My Roots in 2017.
For fans of Orla Gartland and Hannah Grace
Best of the rest:
Cosey Fanni Tutti @ Outlaw’s Yacht Club , Leeds 02.05.18
Yo La Tengo @ Church, Leeds 03.05.18
DollyWould @ HOME, Manchester 04.05.18
DMA’s @ Leeds Beckett Student Union ,Leeds 09.05.18
Rita Ora @ O2 Academy Leeds 12.05.18
Sarah Munro @ Night & Day Café, Manchester 20.05.18
Japanese Breakfast @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds 23.05.18
Broken Social Scene @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds 30.05.18
Image shows Our Girl. Image by Jodie Canwell