Review: Live at Leeds

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With more acts than ever on its bill, this year’s Live at Leeds firmly established itself as a vital part of the country’s musical calendar.

Rowdy sets early on at the O2 Academy from Leeds heroes Pigeon Detectives and at Leeds Met from up-and-coming soul/indie band Happy Daggers, got the day off to a rousing start, with the latter living up the Shakespearian band name with a dramatic performance.
The superb Humanfly stole the show with their early evening slot at the Mine venue, showcasing material from their well-received latest album Awesome Science, while well-established metallers Hawk Eyes drew a substantial crowd later in the day at the same venue. 
Earlier, a healthy slice of melodrama was provided by Post War Glamour Girls, another local act destined for well-regarded waters, whose new single Jazz Funerals struck a poignant note with the crowd at Stylus. 
Elsewhere These Monsters played a set of first-rate new material having slimmed down to a three-piece following the departure of saxophonist Jonny Farrell, with front man Sam Pryor even ditching his guitar on a roof beam at one point during their set to instead deliver a lengthy monologue over a powerful bass groove.
With hundreds of bands appearing at more than 15 venues, a comprehensive round-up of the Live at Leeds festival weekend is sadly a hopeless target. 
However, with so much to see and discover, Live at Leeds is the ideal weekend for anyone interested in nascent acts on the verge of domination.

At various venues in Leeds