Over the years, Live At Leeds has been the place to check out the bands you will need to know about in the year ahead and this year promises to be no exception to the rule. This year’s line-up already features Circa Waves, Peace, The Horrors, Ash and Pulled Apart By Horses alongside new favourites such as The Magic Gang, Pale Waves, Blaenavon, Spring King, Anteros, Tom Walker, Ten Tonnes, Sam Fender, Will Heard, Louis Berry, Sorry, Boy Azooga, Alaskalaska, whenyoung, Bloxx, Yungblud, and many more.

Organisers have now confirmed that, topping the bill with what’s sure to be a definitive Live At Leeds moment on the brand new Leeds Festival Stage, are guitar kingpins The Vaccines.

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 wait.”

The Vaccines aren’t the only new act to be announced for this year’s event as a whole stack of new names have been added to the line-up including:

Idles
Superorganism
Nadine Shah
Rae Morris
Cabbage
The Xcerts
Cosmo Pyke
King Nun
The Night Cafe
Sea Girls
Demob Happy
Mullally
Adam French
Easy Life
The Van T’s
Forever Cult
Kruum
Pom Poko
The Blinders
Love Ssega
Low Island
Fizzy Blood
Sheafs
The Beach
Oddity Road
…and many more.

Live At Leeds 2018 is a multi-venue festival taking place in Leeds City Centre on May 5th 2018. For further details and information, head to www.liveatleeds.com.

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