Living in Leeds, I feel lucky to be able to attend a vast array of music events. These aren't confined to just the big famous bands however, and some of my favorite gigs recently have been smaller unsigned acts.
Leeds, and Yorkshire on the whole, does a lot of work to promote local music, from the “unsigned” stage at Leeds Festival, to the smaller events like “Live at Leeds”. For me, seeing a small local band in a tiny venue such as a pub or small side room in a club is always going to be good as it gets you closer to the action and of course, you can take as many photos as you like. Recently I have seen 3 local acts play in and around Leeds, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
1. My Neighbor Rob, Original Oak, Headingley
First of all, I can’t even tell you what this band calls themselves as they are relatively new and had only one gig so far. It was for a friend’s birthday party, was free to get in, and took place in a small room above a pub in Headingley. This was an absolutely brilliant gig as it was filled with people who knew the band, dancing around in this tiny pub room. The band was really fun and they did a wide range of covers, ranging from Oasis to Fleetwood Mac to T-Rex!
2. Superintendent, The Parish, Huddersfield
Superintendent is my favorite local band and these photos were all taken at their album launch at Parish in Huddersfield (incidentally, this is my new favorite music venue as it reminds me of the dirty rock pubs I used to frequent as a teenager!). This was a really fun gig, as before the band played, we went “backstage” to take some promo shots for the band’s website and album. Although we mostly used digital photos for this, I took a few here and at the gig with my Fuji Natura. Superintendent is quite a “screamy” alternative band, although their album has a few slow tracks on it too and the lead singer has a great voice for melodies also. Their gigs are always funny, well received and sounds great. You can preview their debut album “First Offence” on SoundCloud – and then buy it on iTunes!
3. Backyard Burners, Milo’s, Leeds
I saw Backyard Burners for the first time ever last Saturday, and I loved every second of it! They are friends of Louwest and as such, we went along to support them in their first real gig. The band is a real family affair with Sarah on double bass and her partner Lewis on guitar. Lewis’ dad then plays the banjo and they all sing. They have a real chemistry when they play, and the sort of music they played was just my sort of thing. They do covers of country and bluegrass type songs, as well as a bit of gospel stuff and some rock and roll. They really put their own spin on the songs, and it was a really fun gig to watch. They also do a lot of busking in the local area so I am very much looking forward to see them again!
You can read more about the music scene in Leeds here.