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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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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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Set List:

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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.

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226. Simple Minds / The Stranglers: First Direct Arena, Leeds [27.11.15]

225a_simple-minds-271115Artist: Simple Minds

Support: The Stranglers

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 27.11.15

Starting the evening on a high note, The Stranglers performed a support set of classic, timeless tunes, still sounding edgy but brilliant.

Simple Minds upped the ante and delivered a full on stage show, flaunting an outstanding discography spanning decades. A spectacular showcase, bordering on glitzy but with a sense of celebratory style.

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225. CUD: The Wardrobe, Leeds [26.9.15]

224a_cud-260915Artist: CUD

Support: John Parkes

Venue: The Wardrobe, Leeds

Date: 26.9.15

Asquarius [Live]: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, CUD performed their third album in full, followed by a selection of other favourites.

The Wardrobe’s sound system struggled to cope with the mighty CUD during this intimate, but somewhat distorted gig. Hence my film footage ended up as a silent movie.

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223. Madness: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds [18.9.15]

222a_madness-180915Artist: Madness

Venue: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds

Date: 18.9.15

Unbelievably, this was the first ever live concert to be held at Headingley Cricket Ground.

Always the showmen, Madness never fail to deliver a nutty selection of their classic tracks. Although, in my opinion, the absence of Chas Smash from the lineup left them ‘one step behind’ their former glory.

We opted for premium tickets, including tour merchandise and exclusive access to the Gladness Beer Garden, which served the band’s own brand of craft lager.

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219. Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular: First Direct Arena, Leeds [27.5.15]

218a_dw-symphonic-spectacular-270515Event: Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Artist: BBC National Orchestra

Compere: Peter Davidson

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 27.5.15

An excellent orchestral performance of classical scores and melodies from the Doctor Who timeline, with an emphasis on the music of Murray Gold.

The show was hosted by the 5th Doctor (Peter Davidson), and invaded by an array of aliens from different dimensions of time and space.

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212. Jake Bugg: First Direct Arena, Leeds [19.10.14]

211a_jake-bugg-191014Artist: Jake Bugg

Support: Hudson Taylor / Skinny Living

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 19.10.14

Brilliant to see that a stripped down performance by a true musician, such as Jake Bugg, can fill an arena and captivate a sizable audience.

Free tickets for first direct customers, to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the new Leeds Arena.

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205: Peter Hook & The Light: The Cockpit, Leeds [25.10.13]

204_Peter Hook [251013]Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 25.10.13

Movement / Power Corruption & Lies [Live]: Another chance to see the first two New Order albums performed live in their entirety. Followed by an encore of Joy Division favourites. I will never tire of hearing such tracks played live.

201. The Scandal: First Direct Arena, Leeds [22.6.13]

200a_The Scandal [220613]Artist: The Scandal

Support: The Puppeteers

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 22.6.13

A public open day, to test the facilities at the brand new Leeds Arena; a long overdue addition to the city’s music venues.

Upcoming bands; The Puppeteers and The Scandal had the privilege of being the first ever acts to play live at the prestigious new venue.

As the audience, it was our job to test the venue’s acoustics, toilets and fire exits.

Although I prefer smaller intimate venues for gigs, I would visit First Direct Arena more frequently, were prices for tickets, refreshments and merchandise no so ludicrously expensive! However, on the plus side, the venue does attract larger bands, who would otherwise not play the city.

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157. The Pigeon Detectives: Millennium Square, Leeds [3.5.08]

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Artist: The Pigeon Detectives

Support: The Twang

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 3.5.08

The evening required a choice between two hometown bands: New indie upstarts The Pigeon Detectives or the ‘last ever’ gig by veterans CUD.

Years later, The Pigeon Detectives still have to live up to their debut album, and CUD have made more comebacks than Rocky Balboa.

145. Juliette & The Licks: Leeds Metropolitan University [5.10.06]

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Artist: Juliette & The Licks

Support: Humanzi

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 5.10.06

Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis and her alternative career plan to be a rock ‘n’ roll starlet.

The ticket featured the actress’s full name, most likely in attempt to draw a bigger crowd. Originally planned to take place at The Cockpit but switched venue to Leeds Met.

131. Kasabian: The Blank Canvas, Leeds [16.10.04]

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Artist: Kasabian

Support: Trap2

Venue: The Blank Canvas, Leeds

Date: 16.10.04

The Blank Canvas was a pop-up venue in the ‘Dark Arches’ at Granary Wharf, Leeds. The moody setting was well suited for Kasabian to promote their eponymous debut album. The band were relatively unknown at the time, but word was spreading fast and the arches were packed with those in the know.

130. Carling Festival: Bramham Park, Leeds [27.8.04]

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Artists: Supergrass / The Von Bondies / 50 Cent / Placebo / The Streets / Dropkick Murphys

Venue: Carling Festival [2004], Bramham Park, Leeds

Date: 27.8.04

Memorable moment: A field full of middle-class white kids attempting to get down with 50 Cent & crew’s gangsta rap. Fail.

112. Naomi / Dragster: The Duchess, Leeds [1.7.98]

Artist: Naomi

Support: Dragster

Venue: The Duchess of York, Leeds

Date: 1.7.98

This was the last gig I attended at the legendary Leeds venue. Following the demise of The Duchess there was a void of equally intimate live venues on the Leeds music scene for a number of years. As we neared the Millennium, the building was converted into a Hugo Boss store. A sad sign of the times, as bands were replaced by brands.

086. Super Furry Animals: The Duchess, Leeds [20.2.96]

Artist: Super Furry Animals

Support: Bis

Venue: The Duchess of York, Leeds

Date: 20.2.96

Talking to the band back stage after the gig, Super Furry’s lead singer (Gruff Rhys) revealed that they were taking it easy as they had to be up early the following morning to record an interview with Zig & Zag for The Big Breakfast.

082. Supergrass: Brighton Beach, The Cockpit, Leeds [4.8.95]

Artist: Supergrass

Venue: Brighton Beach, The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 4.8.95

A secret show. No ticket stub for this gig, as those in the know simply headed down to Brighton Beach at The Cockpit, and paid on the door. The length of the queue implied that the secret was out, but even as the band took to the stage, many of the in-crowd were unaware that Supergrass were about to play.

076. Supergrass / The Bluetones: The Duchess, Leeds [25.2.95]

Artist: Supergrass

Support: The Bluetones

Venue: The Duchess of York, Leeds

Date: 25.2.95

At the time, Supergrass and The Bluetones were making their names on the Britpop scene. Both bands attracted something of a 90s mod revival following. The Bluetones played a great support slot, after which roughly a third of the audience left. Those who stayed did so wisely and saw an excellent (very loud) set from Supergrass, who would excel to stardom over subsequent years. No ticket stub for this gig, as in those days you could still queue and pay a few quid on the door.

044. Happy Mondays: Elland Road Stadium, Leeds [1.6.91]

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Artist: Happy Mondays

Support: The Farm / The La’s / Northside / Stereo MCs / The High

Venue: Elland Road Stadium

Date: 1.6.91

A full on baggy invasion of the Yorkshire heartland, as Happy Mondays and friends hosted their ‘Match of the Day’ at the home of Leeds United. The gig was temporarily halted, as some nutter climbed to the top of the floodlights for a better view and a bit of a dance. The crowd obligingly chanted “jump”, and the show went on.

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