The merry month of June has arrived and music festival season is upon us. Before you reach for your wellies and a tent, be sure to take a look at some of the best female talents touring in Leeds and Manchester this month. Hailing from America, Canada and even Australia, these country crooners and indie pop idols are not to be missed.
Laura Veirs @ Brudenell Social Club Leeds 3rd June and @ Deaf Institute Manchester 6th June
From singing backing vocals for The Decembrists to recording film scores and working on her solo album, Laura Veirs is a multi-talented singer-songwriter from Portland, America. The alternative folk singer has been on the music scene since 1999, her experience showing through the ingenuity of her writing.
The warm and reassuring sound of Laura Veirs is showcased in her insightful, bittersweet songs, with her latest record The Lookout (April 2018) exploring the fragility of precious things.
For fans of Neko Case and Courtney Marie Andrews
Courtney Barnett @ Manchester Academy Manchester 4th June
This Australian singer is known for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style with her latest offering Tell Me How You Really Feel (May 2018) being a tentative look at how to be in the world.
The oh-so relatable tracks from Tell Me… lean on clichés and even quotes from internet trolls make Courtney Barnett a songwriter of our time.
For fans of Kurt Vile and Waxahatchee
Lindi Ortega @ Brudenell Social Club Leeds 9th June and @ Gorilla Manchester 11th June
American country with distinctively western feel: Lindi Ortega, who is actually Canadian, is well known for the throwback country style. More recently, Ortega has been drawing on her Mexican and Irish roots for a more intense sound.
Ortega’s latest record Liberty explores a narrative of a heroine going on a journey from darkness, to fighting her demons and finally coming out victorious. Whilst Lindi Ortega has said that the album is in no way autobiographical it does draw parallels with Ortega’s struggles with body dysmorphia.
For fans of The Secret Sisters and Ashley Monroe
Waxahatchee @ Brudenell Social Club Leeds 12th June and @ Band On The Wall Manchester 13th June
Waxahatchee, named after the Waxahatchee Creek in Alabama, is an American indie project championed by Katie Crutchfield. The reinventive indie pop sound explores the realms of introversion and extroversion with sharp songwriting.
Crutchfield lays herself bear in the band’s fourth album Out In The Storm, documenting her recovery from a toxic relationship.
For fans of Hop Along and Screaming Females
Best of the rest:
Inner City Electronic @ Various Venues Leeds 2nd June
LUMP @ Band On The Wall Manchester 3rd June
Luna Pines EP Launch @ Oporto Leeds 3rd June
Waaves @ Belgrave Music Hall Leeds 7th June
Taylor Swift @ Etihad Stadium Manchester 8th June
Belly @ O2 Ritz Manchester 12th June and @ Brudenell Social Club Leeds 13th June
Beyonce and Jay Z @ Etihad Stadium Manchester 13th June
Katy Perry @ Manchester Arena Manchester 22nd June
Toyah @ Morley Town Hall 23rd June
Featured image shows Courtney Barnett. Image by Pooneh Ghana