For the first time in it's 10 year history, Live At Leeds had added a (free entry) Briggate Stage. Located in the very heart of the city, it was a lot of fun to see the live music outdoors and also interesting to see the bands catching the attention of not only their fans who had purposely come out to see them but also passers by. It was definitely a great idea introducing this stage, and I hope they bring it back next year too. My day started here just after noon with the fantastic Glass Caves, who I recently reviewed when they played at Brudenell Social Club a few weeks ago. You can read that here. As always, they put on a thoroughly entertaining show and I felt that this set was quite experimental for them, as it consistered almost entirely of new tracks with only a single well known album track 'Out Of Control' added in towards the end. It was a performance packed full of humour courtesy of frontman Matthew Hallas... and a marching brass band who decided to cut through Briggate between tracks half way through the set! I found myself smiling throughout, and I really enjoyed hearing their new songs which I'm now becoming somewhat familiar with after having heard them entwined in their set at recent live shows.
Carnabells opened the Leeds University Union Stylus stage at 5pm, and as per, completely blew me away with a shimmering, blissful set filled with their usual helping of feelgood, unforgettable anthems. I've already touched on their new music in a previous write up which can be found here. They're an absolute joy to watch and it was great to see so many people dancing and reacting so positively to a set that was mostly made up of songs that perhaps many of them had not heard before. It's so wonderful to see them growing as a band in terms of both their performance and their overall sound and image. This is a band incredibly well suited to the festival environment, and with an ever increasing fanbase I think it's safe to say we'll be seeing them filling headline slots in the years to come.
Part 2 of my Live At Leeds Diary coming soon...