SATURDAY saw the return of Leeds’ multi-venue festival and as always it was a fantastic day for live music.

Crowds of people flocked from around the country to see their favourite acts play in one of Leeds’ many popular venues. Of course it’s impossible to get around every single artist as there are just so many.

Plugged In has selected three artists that we believe were highlights of the festival.

LIVE AT LEEDS: 2016 brought in a range of great live music.

Mystery Jets

The queue for Mystery Jets may have been extensive, yet it was worth the wait. Playing tracks like “Two Doors Down” and “Young Love”, Mystery Jets blended their old favourites with songs taken from their new album.

A crowd highlight was recent single “Bubblegum” which all band members seemed to throw themselves into.

Jack Flanagan (bassist) was constantly connecting with the crowd, urging them to shout out and get involved with the bands songs.

For a band opening the O2 Academy at an early time of 4pm. Mystery Jets set the bench mark high.

Izzy Bizu

Considering Izzy Bizu is only just making a name for herself in modern music, she certainly knows how to put on a show.

Her band gave Izzy the perfect backing and her vocals carried the set. Powerful and captivating, she was not only grateful for the impressive turnout but grateful that so many people loved her music.

“White Tiger” was obviously the big one, but she amazed on new single “Mad Behavior”.

IZZY BIZU: One to watch.

Band of Skulls

If you weren’t off seeing Circa Waves or We Are Scientists. Nor were you making you way to the Brudenell Social Club to see the ever popular Rat Boy. Then hopefully you were watching Band of Skulls.

The band were the closing act at Leeds Beckett Student Union and what a way to finish the day.

They stunned on songs like “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” and “The Devil Takes Care of His Own” where the crowd broke out into multiple mosh pits.

Tracks like “Himalayan” and “Hoochie Coochie” had the crowd bellowing the lyrics out in unison. Bassist/vocalist Emma Richardson was, as always, one of the best bass players to watch live. Complimented by guitarist and vocalist Russell Marsden who can literally make his guitar sing, Band of Skulls brought Live at Leeds to a perfect close.

BAND OF SKULLS: One of the bands who closed Live at Leeds.

Of course these were only three artists selected out of the many that performed throughout the 12 hours.

If you were lucky enough to have attend the event, comment your favourite act below.


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