The UK Festival Awards – and Live at Leeds is The Best for Emerging Talent

On 6 December, The Festival Awards 2018 decided that Live at Leeds was ‘Best Festival For Emerging Talent’.

The competition was strong – Dot To Dot Festival (2017 winners), Festival No.6 and FOCUS Wales were amongst those vying for this prestigious accolade.  A panel of experts decided that Live at Leeds deserved to be named ‘the festival that most effectively supports and promotes the smallest names on its line-up, helping to guarantee a future in which festivals remain musically vibrant and diverse’.

Andy Smith, Head Booker at Live At Leeds, was asked for his reaction:

“We’re delighted to have been named Best Festival for Emerging Artists at the UK Festival Awards this year. Showcasing new talent is at the heart of everything we do at Live at Leeds. The festival has now become one of the key showcase events in the UK so it’s fantastic to have been recognised for all the hard work that goes into producing the bill each year. Keep your eyes open for more line-up announcements. Live at Leeds will be the first place to catch the most hotly tipped acts of 2019.”   

In 2019, this multi-stage, multi-venue festival hopes to build on its current success, continuing to provide the starting point to a summer of music and bringing together the hotly tipped new talent (No Hot Ashes, Sad Boys Club, Fuzzy Sun and many more)  with the more established bands (Tom Grennan, Dream Wife, Goat Girl are just a few).  The wide variety of bands will re-shape genres and styles through an all-day festival from the leaders in presenting live music in the City.
No Hot Ashes. Photograph provided by Sonic PR.

Tickets for Live At Leeds 2019 are on sale now, starting from £36 + Booking Fee – available from

Live At Leeds 2019 – First Acts Announced
Sundara Karma / Tom Grennan / Metronomy
Black Honey / Dream Wife / Goat Girl / Ibibio Sound Machine / Swim Deep
Easy Life / Eli Ingram / Gengahr / Lauren Aquilina / Marsicans
Aaron Smith / Aeris Roves / Alligator / Another Sky / Beabadoobee / Benin City
Big Society / Bilk / Black Belt Eagle Scout / Chappaqua Wrestling
Dancing On Tables / Far Caspian / Fuzzy Sun / Gently Tender / Giant Rooks
Greatest Hits / Heavy Lungs / Horror My Friend / Household Dogs / Ivory Wave
Jeffe / Kawala / Kingswood / Lauren Hibbard / Lucas Watt / Mae Muller
Malena Zavala / No Hot Ashes / Ormstons / Retro Video Club / Sad Boys Club
Saint Agnes / Saltwater Sun / Sports Team / Squid / Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Sun Silva / Swimming Girls / Tamu Massif / Teeff / The Dunts / The Mysterines
The Pearl Hearts / The Skinner Brothers / Thyla / Walt Disco / Wild Youth / Zuzu
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Feature photograph of Dream Wife provided by Sonic PR.

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