Music preview: Centre Stage 2016 final at O2 Academy Leeds

Ten up and coming Yorkshire bands will be competing for a place at Leeds and Reading Festival in the final of the Centre Stage competition at O2 Academy Leeds.

Now in its 7th year, the event helps to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

In April, three nights of heats and a music industry panel decided 2016’s finalists who are now set to perform at O2 Academy Leeds on Wednesday July 27.

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Now 10 diverse acts will compete for a place at Leeds and Reading 2016. Winners also win a music video by local film makers, Shot by Sodium.

This year’s contenders are:


The Elephant Trees

Faux Pas

Lewis Crossley

The Indigo Project

Big Bad Rabbit





The night will be opened by last year’s winners, York three-piece, The Mallrats, and will include a collaboration with Rock School UK.

2016’s final is set to provide a platform for an impressive spectrum of genres and talent, from 13 to 21 years old. They will be judged by a high profile, industry panel, including Jon McIldowie (Festival Republic), Mike Heaton and Mickey Dale (Embrace) and Ross Jarman (The Cribs). The evening will be hosted by local music producer, Ed Heaton.

The competition has now raised in excess of £200,000 for the charity, which has been channelled directly towards the care of the children, young people and their families at Martin House Children’s Hospice. Overall, the competition is about young people helping young people.

The final will be held on Wednesday July 27 at O2 Academy, Leeds. Doors 6pm. Show starts 7pm. Tickets available at at £7.50/£5.50 (concs). The event will also be pay on the door.

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