Launchpad’s Leeds International Festival Artist announced - Leeds International Festival

Launchpad’s Leeds International Festival Artist announced

An opportunity for emerging artists in the Leeds and West Yorkshire area, Music:Leeds’ Launchpad platform put out a call for their commission of a new music / sound piece for the imminent Leeds International Festival (2-12th May).

Launchpad is happy to announce the commissioned artist: Melanie Ó Dubhshláine, with her piece, entitled Urban Animals.


A journey through the city at night, and into dawn, Urban Animals hopes to capture the excitement, mystery and danger of this witching hour, seen through the eyes and ears of the creatures that inhabit it.


Melanie Ó Dubhshláine presents a suite of short musical works, themed around the different wild animals found in the Leeds urban area. Digitally manipulated animal calls collide with the noises of the man-made cityscape to create distinct pieces, in a contemporary homage to Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals.


Animals are increasingly drawn to the food and warmth cities provide, and are changing both their behaviour and their voices to adapt to urban life. Ó Dubhshláine’s piece uses field recordings gathered in and around Leeds alongside electronic instruments, and works alongside local live performers and vocalists, against an accompanying backdrop of striking visuals. Urban Animals will provide an alternative vision of the city’s nocturnal landscape.

Melanie Ó Dubhshláine, Artist:
“I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been selected for the Launchpad commission, and I’m really excited to be working with Music:Leeds and Leeds International Festival on this project. I predict the next few weeks are going to be wild!”
Lins Wilson, Music:Leeds
“We’re delighted to be presenting Melanie Ó Dubhshláine’s ‘Urban Animals’ as our ‘Launchpad’ commission, part of a programme that supports emerging artists across Leeds and West Yorkshire.
We chose Melanie’s piece as it represents the exciting, innovative work being made by artists in the region.”