An essential date in the summer festival diary for indie-lovers and new music heads alike, Live At Leeds: In The Park continues to emerge as one of the best new festivals in the country – with the curated tastemakers at Live At Leeds pointing the way to the essential new names and trailblazing favourites that capture alternative music in 2023. Established as the perfect all-day festival experience for hands-in-the-air celebrations, Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023 gets even bigger with a slew of new additions announced today.
Joining a bill already stacked with unforgettable highlights, indie legends, the most talked about names in modern alternative music and those ready to be discovered as fans’ next favourite artist – is a true mix of styles and sounds born for festival moments. Since emerging back in 2014, DMA’s have become an undeniable force in modern guitar music. With their anthemic knack of soundtracking the highs and lows of modern life, they’ve continued to evolve with each step – establishing themselves as a bonafide live phenomenon with a rapturous fanbase that continues to grow and grow. With their anticipated fourth album ‘How Many Dreams?’ set to land in March, expect their set at Live At Leeds: In The Park to be nothing short of show-stealing.
Revered as one of the greatest live bands of all time, the perfect festival day simply can’t exist without The Hives. With a career spanning over 20 years, The Hives have torn apart stages across the globe with their feverish garage-rock and unpredictable live show that needs to be seen to be believed. With a summer tour with Arctic Monkeys planned, cuts such as ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’, ‘Tick Tick Boom’, ‘Main Offender’, ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ and more in their arsenal and lead by the unstoppable presence of frontman Pelle Alqmvist – Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023 is set to bear witness to live royalty when The Hives take to the stage.
Speaking about their appearance at Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023, The Hives’ frontman Pelle Almqvist said:
“Some festival names just have a ring to them don’t they? Live At Leeds. It sounds like some upper echelon rock shit and if this year’s edition wasn’t before, now it is. The Hives are very proud and happy to join this upper echelon. They are coming for your money and dignity and in exchange they will deliver however long a show you will let them of life-affirming record-breaking rock ‘ ‘ roll music. If you have never seen them before. imagine a rock show but to the 3rd power. Too much of everything. If you have seen them before, you know you will have to again.”
Bringing together vital voices and the most exciting new names in alternative music, Live At Leeds: In The Park delivers those essential names and more – all in the same place on the same day. Weaving pop, indie, rock and more together – Cavetown has become a defining voice for an entire generation, with heart-on-sleeve odes and soaring tales alike grabbing attention from the very first release. This year’s ‘Worm Food’ served as Cavetown’s biggest statement to date, with its epic licks and singalong cuts bound to go down a storm when Cavetown rolls into Temple Newsam this May. Equally blazing a trail as a talked-about favourite is Crawlers, whose punchy kicks and alt-rock turns have captured the eyes and hearts of thousands across the globe. Debut mixtape ‘Loud Without Noise’ captured that excitement and more, with devastating honesty turned into defiant anthems that makes it clear that Crawlers are the future revolution waiting to happen – and Live At Leeds: In The Park is your chance to hop aboard their unstoppable rise.
Beloved indie-weavers Gengahr return this summer with a catalogue of cherished tracks that blur the line between atmospheric wonder and wide-eyed hope for what’s to come next – just a look at tracks such as ‘She’s A Witch’, ‘Heavenly Maybe’, ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ show that Live At Leeds: In The Park is in for a bonafide treat. Alicia Bognanno returns with Bully, whose alt-infused world of grunge-rock has made her a vital voice in alternative culture, and post-rock titans Pillow Queens showcase just why they’ve been celebrated as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the past few years with the sort of standout set that’ll shake fans to the core.
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That core for everything Live At Leeds stems from a rich history of discovering, championing and elevating the best in new music – and this year at Live At Leeds: In The Park is no different. Spread across 5 stages, Live At Leeds once again showcases why it’s the definitive voice in new music discovery at festivals – with the likes of ramshackle-rock starters Opus Kink, ripped-raw punk starters Deadletter, essential live revolutionaries Priestgate, and captivating nu-Manchester four-piece Afflecks Palace but a snapshot of the vast spread of artists simply waiting to be discovered by music fans up and down the country. With the likes of Ellur, Skinny Living, Modernlove., Sir Chloe and Ber also announced today – it’s even further proof that Live At Leeds: In The Park is the standout home of new music discovery for the summer festival season – all packed into one unmissable day.
“Delighted to say we’re back playing Live at Leeds again this year, but this time at Live At Leeds: In The Park! Our show at Live At Leeds: In The City got us grinning cheek to cheek, so come check it!”
“Thrilled to be returning to Yorkshire for Live at Leeds: In The Park, having previously played Live at Leeds: In The City. Praying for sun.”
Skinny Living said:
“Live At Leeds is one of our favourite festivals in the UK! The line up is always top class, so to be able to play the main stage as a local band this year is a proper moment for us and our people.”
These new additions join a who’s who bill to make Live At Leeds: In The Park the perfect summer indie celebration. With festival headliners Two Door Cinema Club leading their way with their technicolour world of soaring anthems, the likes of The Lathums, Everything Everything, The Big Moon, Black Honey, Tom Walker, CMAT, The Beths, Lime Cordiale, Brooke Combe, Lapsley, Panic Shack, Low Hummer, Dolores Forever, Prima Queen and more make up a festival experience perfect for fans looking to discover their next favourite band.
Looking ahead to Live At Leeds: In The Park 2023, Festival Promoter Joe Hubbard said:
“It may be chilly outside, but we’re already incredibly excited about returning to Temple Newsam for an unforgettable summer festival celebration – with even more favourites and new faces joining the party at Live At Leeds: In The Park this year. DMA’s and The Hives may just be some of the best festival bands going right now, and having phenomena like Cavetown and Crawlers join the party is truly special. At Live At Leeds, we always look to bring unmissable live titans together with fans’ next favourite bands – and this year’s In The Park is the perfect example of that. All coming together on one day at Temple Newsam, there’s nothing quite like it – and we can’t wait to see everyone this May!”
After an incredibly triumphant inaugural year, Live At Leeds: In The Park’s return on Saturday 27th May kickstarts festival season the right way. Set against the welcome backdrop of Temple Newsam, it’s a must-visit destination for those looking for their fix of unforgettable festival memories, soundtracked to the most sought-after acts the alternative and indie world has to offer. In 2022 Live At Leeds: In The Park’s successful launch saw Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Arlo Parks, Easy Life and Sea Girls amongst many more perform across 5 stages for the ultimate introduction to the indie all dayer brimming with live music from all four corners of the globe.
Live At Leeds: In The Park sits as the perfect accompaniment to the Live At Leeds experience that’s become such a vital date in the diary for live music fans, tastemakers and more. Its revered city-centre showcase has over the years been the first place to see the early steps of global superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The 1975, Lizzo, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, Sam Smith and many more – always one step ahead of the curve and pointing to the next big thing. The home of new music, Live At Leeds serves as more than just one day – but a trusted voice on the latest and greatest acts set to soundtrack the months and years ahead, whilst celebrating its unbelievable alumni who have graced its stages over the years.
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DMA’s / The Hives
Cavetown / Crawlers / Gengahr
Bully / Rose Gray / Opus Kink / Pillow Queens
Deadletter / Priestgate / Ellur / Afflecks Palace
Skinny Living / Modernlove. / Sir Chloe / Ber
Two Door Cinema Club
Tom Walker / Everything Everything
The Big Moon / Black Honey
The Beths / Lime Cordiale / CMAT
Brooke Combe / Lapsley
Prima Queen / Dolores Forever / Low Hummer
Panic Shack / Enola Gay / Psymon Spine