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Festival 19

George Fryer

New artists added to the Live At Leeds bill

The Vaccines are pumped to be headlining in their honorary hometown!

Once more retaining its crown for being the best city festival for showcasing artists old and new, established and breaking, Live at Leeds has just announced mega-headliners Vaccines, alongside some of 2018’s most exciting up-and-coming artists.


Three studio albums into their career, and with over a million records sold worldwide, The Vaccines will head up the festival with their bold, brash rock sound, ahead of a full UK tour in April. Speaking about their headline slot at this year’s Live At Leeds, The Vaccines said:

“Whether at our own shows or at the festivals, Leeds has proved itself time and time
again to be one of the best audiences in the world. We really mean that. It was the
first chants of ‘YORKSHIRE’ in 2011 that made us feel like we’d truly arrived. Having
spent most of last year living in Yorkshire too, and recording our new album there,
this will also be somewhat of a homecoming – even if only in our heads. We can’t

The Vaccines head up a bill already bursting at the seams with stunning names, established and new alike, from Ash and Pulled Apart By Horses to Circa Waves, Pale Waves and The Magic Gang. Alongside heavy-hitters The Vaccines, this week saw some other great new names drop, with the announcement of Idles, Superorganism, Nadine Shah, Rae Morris and Yak, alongside many more.

Perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed artists of the past few months has been Nadine Shah, whose instantly recognisable voice fuses the politics of post-punk with soft storytelling, tackling massive topics such as the Syrian refugee crisis, Islamophobia and poisonous politicians along the way.

After a massive year, Bristolians IDLES will bring their formidable energy to the Live at Leeds’ stage with the searing, punk aggression and pulsing rock that both they and their album ‘Brutalism’ is known for.

Returning to our ears is the beautiful, brooding melancholy of Rae Morris, whose third album debuted in February and gives a pop twist to her bare and eccentric aesthetic.

And there are so many more names that we’re so pumped to hear grace the Live at Leeds stages this year. It promises to be massive!