Ones to Watch: Live at Leeds 2016

This year Live at Leeds are celebrating their tenth anniversary. Over the past decade they’ve showcased the best in new music alongside big name acts. This year’s line up doesn’t disappoint.

We’ve picked our favourite emerging artists that you should go see.

Shura at Outlines 2016

Shura at Outlines 2016

SHURA / O2 Academy, 7.30pm

Emotional, heartfelt, downbeat – however you want to describe Shura’s sound she is one artist you need to experience live.

ZUZU / Leeds Beckett Stage 2, 6pm

Expect to hear a good slice of snarling indie-pop from this Liverpool singer-songwriter. With only a demo out there’s not much to showcase her style, but it got her an opening slot with Courtney Barnett so I think that speaks for itself.

Slutface Press Shot


Slutface / The Key Club, 7.15pm

Another great export from Norway, Slutface demand your attention with their infectious songs. “We’re influenced by the riot-grrrl movement, so we wanted a name that is the opposite of what we are.” and it’s definitely a name you won’t forget.

*edit:  Due to social media censorship the band have changed their name to Sløtface.

Dahlia Sleeps / Brudenell Games Room, 4.30pm

Described as the love child of Daughter and The XX, Dahlia Sleeps offer gorgeous vocals built around delicate, ambient compositions. Perfect for the intimacy of the Brudenell Games Room.

Milk Teeth Press shot

Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth / The Key Club, 8.15pm

Go see Milk Teeth to get your fill of 90’s grungey-alt rock vibes.

Declan McKenna / Brudenell Social Club, 6pm

I don’t think many people can they say they’ve incited a label bidding war, have played Glastonbury and SXSW at 17, Declan McKenna can. He’s crafting endearing indie pop songs, with a burning passion for change, that’s reflected in his lyrics.