Festival is showcase for upcoming talent

Officially kicking off the UK Festival season, Live At Leeds is the first to bring you the bands that are going to break in 2014.

The festival has established a great reputation for picking the most exciting new artists who are just on the cusp of great things and programming them across Leeds.

More established acts compliment these bright young things as they unite for three days of musical mayhem with over 150 bands performing in over 20 stages across the city including the legendary Cockpit, which will this year celebrate its 20th birthday.

The lin-eup itself is as strong as ever and packed full of the UK’s hottest acts across multiple genres.

BBC Sound Of 2014 Poll runner up Ella Eyre leads the charge with her soulful pop/R&B along with fellow Sound Of Poll finalist Chloe Howl.

Joining her on the lineup are the UK’s current number singles artist Clean Bandit whose unique mix of modern dance music and live string instrumentation has marked them out as a key crossover act for 2014.

Detroit hip-hop native Lizzo will also make a highly anticipated appearance and indie fans need look no further than indie legend and Strokes guitar hero Albert Hammond Jr.

There is the addition jangly Welsh indie-pop sextet Los Campesinos! to the line-up as well as the ferocious, grungy pop songs of NME 2014 hopefuls Wolf Alice and Yuck’s Dinosaur Jr and Pavement influenced brand of fuzzy indie-rock.

Rock fans will also rejoice at the inclusion of Leeds’ noisiest sons and prime UK rock exports Pulled Apart By Horses as well as fellow locals, the captivating I Like Trains.

Live at Leeds runs from May 2 to May 5, with wristbands costing £25.