Tag Archives: 2016

246. Placebo: First Direct Arena, Leeds [3.12.16]

246a_Placebo [031216]Artist: Placebo

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 3.12.16

A perfect blend of angst and aplomb as Placebo played Leeds Arena on a world tour to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary.

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244. Jumbo Records 45 Years Celebration, Leeds [1.10.16]

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Artists: Serious Sam Barrett / Marsicans

Venue: Jumbo Records, Leeds

Date: 1.10.16

A day of live music and celebration, as Jumbo Records celebrated 45 years of being one of the UK’s best independent record shops.



243. The Ordinary Boys: Lending Room, Leeds [25.9.16]

243a_The Ordinary Boys [250916]Artist: The Ordinary Boys

Support: Benson

Venue: Lending Room (The Library), Leeds

Date: 25.9.16

It would be fair to say that lead singer (Preston) well and truly had his 15 minutes of fame during his Britpop and Big Brother days.

Recently reunited, The Ordinary Boys took to the stage at the Lending Room, before a crowd of merely 100 people, many of who were there for local support band Benson. However, the intimate venue and no frills performance took ‘the boys’ back to basics, with the focus on live music, rather than the trappings of fame and fortune.

Less is more. Ordinary is fine.

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242. OnRoundhay: Roundhay Park, Leeds [17.9.16]

242a_OnRoundhay [170916]Artists: James / Primal Scream / Wolf Alice

Venue: Roundhay Park, Leeds

Date: 17.9.16

With sponsorship from John Lewis and Puffin Books, and an emphasis on being family friendly, the inaugural OnRounday event had a somewhat middle-class feel, but proved to be a rather pleasant one-day festival.

It was nice to see so many kids enjoying their first experience of live music, from an excellent selection of bands. The family-friendly vibe (or possibly the expensive drinks) seemed to ensure that the event was devoid of the usual herds of drunken knobheads – always a plus-point!

OnRoundhay would be a welcome annual event, so long as they can match the high standards of its first year.

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241. Chapel Allerton Arts Festival: Leeds [2.9.16]

Artists: The Bugaloo Foundation / Caro / The Elephant Trees

Venue: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds

Date: 2.9.16

Annual music and merriment on Regent Street, Chapel Allerton. A good showcase for local up-and-coming talent.

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238. Centre Stage 2016 – The Final: O2 Academy, Leeds [27.7.16]

238a_Centre Stage [270716]Artists: The Mallrats / Tree / The Elephant Trees / Faux Pas / Lewis Crossley / The Indigo Project / Big Bad Rabbit / Shaarks / Liberate / Territory / Blyss

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 27.7.16

Centre Stage is an annual ‘battle of the bands’, curated by Martin House Children’s Hospice. The competition showcases fresh young talent, many of whom go on to greater success in the music industry. The winning band receive the prestigious prize of playing live at that year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The 2016 final kicked-off with a set by the previous year’s winners; The Mallrats.

The winning band of Centre Stage 2016 was Faux Pas.

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236. Ocean Colour Scene: Millennium Square, Leeds [24.7.16]

235a_Ocean Colour Scene [240716]Artist: Ocean Colour Scene

Support: Shed Seven / The Bluetones / Reverend and The Makers

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 24.7.16

“When you find that things are getting wild, don’t you want days like these?”

Back to Millennium Square, for the second big gig of the weekend, as Ocean Colour Scene celebrated the 20th anniversary of their ‘Moseley Shoals’ album.

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OCS [Moseley Shoals]

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235. The Cribs: Millennium Square, Leeds [22.7.16]

234a_The Cribs [220716]Artist: The Cribs

Support: The Thurston Moore Group

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 22.7.16

Not quite their home town of Wakefield, but The Cribs played their biggest headline gig to date at Millennium Square, Leeds.

Local boys done good!

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This gig was later released on DVD as part of the limited edition CD version of the ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit’ album.

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233. An Evening with Marc Almond. Accompanied by Leeds College of Music Contemporary Orchestra and Pop Choir: Leeds Town Hall [8.7.16]

232a_marc-almond-080716Artists: An Evening with Marc Almond. Accompanied by Leeds College of Music Contemporary Orchestra and Pop Choir

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Date: 8.7.16

Generations of home-grown talent took to the stage of Leeds Town Hall – as local legend, Marc Almond performed a stunning set of re-arranged classics, accompanied by some of the city’s finest musicians.



230. The Jam Pact: The New Roscoe, Leeds [1.5.16]

Artist: The Jam Pact

Venue: The New Roscoe, Leeds

Date: 1.5.16

I’m not a huge fan of cover bands, but these guys were good! They performed for three hours, extensively covering classic singles and album tracks from The Jam’s repertoire. A skillful set, which echoed the sound and spirit of the late 70s and early 80s mod revival.



229. Mexrrissey: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds [9.4.16]

228a_mexrrissey-090416Artist: Mexrrissey

Venue: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Date: 9.4.16

Mexrrissey slipped down the Leeds side streets to give Morrissey & Marr’s finest songs a Mariachi makeover.

“I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour,” on Sol and tequila!




228. Rudimental: O2 Academy, Leeds [1.3.16]

227a_rudimental-010316Artist: Rudimental

Support: Anne Marie

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 1.3.16

The multi-talented Rudimental collective proved to be purveyors of cool vibes and good times. ‘Feel the love’.