Live at Leeds in The Park: 25 May 2024 – Part Two

There’s nothing like a good old festival to kickstart your way into summer. Shania shares her perspective – includes Lucia and the Best Boys and Overpass.



With a number of different festivals happening around the UK this weekend, Live at Leeds in the Park was not one to disappoint.

On my drive into the park, it was easy to spot who was also making their way into the festival. From groups of teenagers to families, the glitter, flowers, bucket hats and wellies were familiar staples that made it easy to identify other excitable, fellow festival-goers.

Photograph by Millie Stephens.

I’ve been to my fair share of British festivals, and as I’ve gotten a bit older, I’ve discovered a new appreciation for the convenience of a day festival. For the price of a standard concert ticket, you have the whole day to peruse the festival site, grab drinks and some good snacks, and see several different artists for the price you’d pay for one or two concerts. And the best part? You can leave in good time and finish the day in a nice, dry, comfy bed. There’s not a lot that can beat that feeling, especially when you’ve experienced the drunken stumble back to a sodden sleeping bag inside a barely standing tent once the day has finished.

Photograph by Millie Stephens.

Live at Leeds is a great day out, and it’s not the first time I’ve been. It’s easily accessible and a wholesome activity for people with kids, a rite of passage for teenagers and an all-round great way to get into the summer spirit. I also think that it’s a great way to ease yourself into a festival, if you’re someone who likes the comfort of their own space. (Or perhaps you’ve just heard one too many Portaloo horror stories).

As I mentioned, you get all the benefits of a festival with the option to go home at the end. And Temple Newsham Park is a great size – everything is close enough so that you’re not getting lost, the crowds aren’t overwhelmingly large, and if you do want to see two artists who are performing at the same time, you’re not running a million miles between stages to try and squeeze both shows in. It didn’t take me ages to get in or out by car either, I do usually avoid travelling to festivals in my car where I can, as I’ve had nightmarish experiences trying to get home in the past.

Photograph by Millie Stephens

I arrived at the festival and decided to have a look around and see what food options there were – you are usually spoiled for choice at a festival. I saw burgers, pizzas, a bus full of fudge, ice creams and loads more. And although festival food can be notoriously expensive, it wasn’t too overpriced. There were also free water stations where you could grab some water or fill up a bottle – another perk, as many festivals do charge for water even though staying hydrated at a festival is crucial.

Lucia and the Best Boys

After grabbing some food, I made my way to see Glaswegian, grungey, Alt Rock ensemble, Lucia and the Best Boys (main image by Millie Stephens) on the Dork stage. Lucia’s stage presence was impressive -, she looked like a rockstar and sounded great. Having travelled to the Festival all the way from Glasgow, they thought they might miss their set and had to rush through a quick soundcheck at the beginning of the performance, but this didn’t stop them from putting on a great performance, playing songs from their debut studio album, Burning Castles.

Lucia and the Best Boys. Photograph by Millie Stephens.

Having supported Wolf Alice in 2022, the band’s gone from strength to strength. They drew in a large crowd of fans, who filled up the tent and sang and danced along. Each song had a unique sound to it, which I like, as it can be difficult to establish a unique sound for any artist within their genre, so Lucia’s hypnotic vocal performance and the band’s ability to switch things up was impressive and greatly received by the crowd.

Lucia and the Best Boys. Photograph by Millie Stephens.

They finished with When You Dress Up, one of the lyrics being ‘I’ll show you what I’m made of…’ – and Lucia and the Best Boys did just that. They managed to demonstrate their diverse discography and talent within a short 30-minute set – hugely impressive and a great sign of what the rest of the day had in store.

Lucia and the Best Boys. Photograph by Jazz Jennings.

Overpass

Next to perform on the Dork stage was Overpass, who also drew in a huge crowd and filled the tent. Overpass performed the perfect summer soundtrack, the kind of artist you’d want to play whilst driving your car on a sunny day – and perfect festival material.

Overpass. Photograph by Jazz Jennings .

Their performance was well-rehearsed and polished, and their lyrics were raw and heartfelt. Singing about love and navigating the weird, rocky and unpredictable time that is your late teens/early twenties, they encapsulated the feeling of being young and in love and trying to make sense of everything. One thing that was for sure, though – they hardly stopped smiling and made it very clear that performing and being on stage was not only of second nature to them, but they also loved it. Every single person in the tent was engaged, singing along with the band, dancing and having a great time, and you could tell that this didn’t go unnoticed by the band.

Overpass. Photograph by Jazz Jennings.

Having supported huge names such as Two Door Cinema Club, The Royston Club and Inhaler, the band has clearly left quite an impression and built up a loyal and dedicated fan base, selling out shows and even headlining Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club. If you’re heading to TRNSMT Festival or Truck Festival in July, keep an eye out for Overpass – I’m sure they’ll take huge advantage of these gigs and use them as leverage to secure some even bigger
opportunities.

Overpass fans. Photograph by Jazz Jennings.

As they finished their set with Beautiful, I was seriously impressed at their discography. Unquestionably Indie, their lyrics were so captivating and came across beautifully on stage – the talent behind the lyricism didn’t go unnoticed. Paired with their catchy guitar riffs, strong vocals and cohesive chemistry on stage, I think this band will be one to watch. It would be nice to see them perform on a bigger stage in the upcoming years, and if they continue to grow at the rate they have been, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them on large scale events in the next few year

Editor’s Note: Part Three of Live at Leeds in The Park will follow during the week.

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