Live at Leeds in The Park 2024: Part 4 – DIY Stage – Good Neighbours and Caity Baser

Good Neighbours

Some technical issues resulted in a delayed start, but Good Neighbours made up for it and played some new releases, which had never been heard before. The crowd were even taught the lyrics to the songs and encouraged to interact and dance along. Not only was it a nice touch, as it allowed the crowd to engage with songs that they hadn’t heard before, it was also a brave move – the band even joked with the crowd not to get too excited as the songs may not have been great – but they were great and they drew in a lot of fans.

Photograph by Jazz Jennings

The vibe they had on stage was everything – from their summery outfits to their friendly and talkative demeanour. Despite the fact that they managed to get the crowd going up and down, I don’t know whether you can expect this for long – they scrapped the interactive dance moves as they’re ‘not fit enough’.

Photograph by Jazz Jennings

Whilst the band’s set predominantly consisted of new songs, they played their TikTok viral song, Home. Their new songs have me thinking they’ll be able to maintain the momentum that they’ve whipped up through TikTok and continue growing.

Caity Baser

After performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Luton, Caity travelled all the way to Leeds to put on her next performance. The weather took a turn for the worse, but this didn’t phase Caity.

Photograph by Millie Stephens

Performing on the DIY stage, Caity started her set by talking to the crowd and building a rapport with them, demonstrating an energy, style and charisma that’s unmatched. It felt like watching your big sister or best friend on stage – you knew she loved being there, and she was killing it whilst having a girly chit-chat with her crowd. Her music was great – full of girlboss anthems, navigating the tricky time that is being a woman in your 20s.

Caity is no stranger to a festival – she performed at both Reading and Leeds Festival in 2022 on the BBC Introducing Stage, and had her first headline tour in April 2023.

Photograph by Millie Stephens

Caity even capped her ticket prices at £15 – a lovely gesture for her fans, especially in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Shortlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2024 poll, Caity has gone from strength to strength over the past year. She’s even been nominated for a BRIT Award for her debut album ‘Still Learning’.

It was nice to see that Caity drew in such an enthusiastic crowd, as she was performing at the same time as The Kooks and The Cribs. She clearly has a solid fanbase, and even received a cuddly toy shark to add to her collection of stuffed animals that sat centre stage.

Photograph by Jazz Jennings

Once again, the highly anticipated Live at Leeds delivered to expectations and a lot of very happy fans made their way home, some with new lyrics to commit to memory. Isn’t it incredible how we can do that?

Live at Leeds in The City is on 6 November 2024. Find out more here.

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