Who will be live at Leeds?

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IT’S that time of year again where a young man’s thoughts turn to. . .who’s going to be on the bill for Leeds Festival.

The action-packed weekend at Bramham Park may not be until the end of August but tickets go on sale officially in three weeks’ time (March 12 to be precise) and the speculation has already begun.

Early rumours indicated the reformed Stone Roses were in the frame as headliners, then, more recently,The Cure joined them as ‘frontrunners’ – only for both bands to fade from the Twittersphere before the race had really begun.

Still, The Macabees, whose current album Given to the Wild is stunningly and surprisingly brilliant, will definitely be playing the NME tent we’re told, reportedly.

As for the headliners, if any of the following bookies’ favourites turn out to be correct, all the credit goes to my colleague Andy,

If it doesn’t, it’s all down to me.

So, here we go, this year’s Leeds Festival headliners will be Foo Fighters, Green Day, Kasabian. Or maybe not.


IT’S a cracking line-up this Sunday night for DJ Trev’s latest Bottom of the Bottle rock, metal, punk extravaganza at Rehab in Harrogate.

Two of the live bands appearing from 8.30pm onwards, have new CDs to debut, including the rumbustious, sleazy power pop dudes Pseudonympho who will unleash their new single and the energetic, slick Silvertone who will be doing likewise. The line-up also includes new hard rockers Dimension and metal headliners Waking Theo.

ONE of my favourite new bands seems to have cancelled their show in the highly intimate York venue Stereo on Gillygate scheduled for next Monday, which is a damn shame.

For, despite the name, S.C.U.M are nothing of the sort. This arty but stirring young four-piece from London sound a little like The Horrors but with even more synths and atmosphere.

ALL is going well on Harrogate and, possibly, the world’s most relaxed live music sessions online.

Ont’ Sofa’s latest guest was singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan who was filmed and recorded in VIDA’s Harrogate studio earlier in the week under the direction of this go-ahead Harrogate marketing company’s Jason Odle and Ben Davis.

She joins other acts such as Luzy Mizen, Dan Burnett, Rob Reynolds, Becky Mills, Owen James, Youcef Preston on Ont’ Sofa.

If you visit www.ontsofa.com you can also watch Kasiuss playing an unreleased song called One Day Turnaround.

A LEEDS band who used to be Harrogate regulars are to record their latest album with noise legend Steve Albini.

The man behind a million classic American alt-guitar bands (The Pixies, Nirvana etc and The Wedding Present’s best album, Seamonsters) has somehow been recruited by charismatic brothers Steve and Paul Morricone to produce Scaramanga Six’s seventh album.

This larger than life garage rock band, who appeared several times at The Blues Bar and The Tube in the early Noughties for my Charm nights, actually are a Six now, having often been a five or a four-piece in their lengthy and impressive history.

You can catch the boys (and one girl, Julia) before they fly off to Steve’s Electrical Sound Studios in Chicago live at Josephs Well in Leeds tomorrow, Saturday.

FINALLY, last night was the annual AMP Awards battle of the bands final. For my views as a judge, follow @HarrogateGigs on Twitter.