Jess Glynne among first names revealed for Live At Leeds

Jess Glynne
Jess Glynne

The award-winning Live At Leeds event is returning for 2016 with another mix of big names and up and comers.

The first names have been revealed for a festival set to celebrate its 10-year anniversary of providing cutting edge music at a multitude of venues across the city.

Having played host to the likes of Bastille, James Blake, Wild Beasts, The Cribs, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and The Vaccines over the years, each year Live At Leeds provides a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now - and next year will be no different when it takes place on April 30.

Leading the charge among the first series of artists to be announced is Jess Glynne, who will be bringing her chart-topping hits to Live At Leeds 2016.

Breaking onto the scene after her appearances with Clean Bandit, this year saw Glynne release her acclaimed debut album I Cry When I Laugh, which was jam packed with singles that will no doubt sound massive when played at the UK’s premiere metropolitan festival for new music.

Joining one of 2015s biggest pop sensations will be Circa Waves. Arguably one of the most important groups in indie at the moment, the Liverpool four piece have gone from strength to strength in 2015, storming major festivals all over the world and smashing stunning headline tours, rising to play huge venues including 02 Brixton Academy and more.

Also joining the bill are indie legends We Are Scientists and always watchable rock band Band of Skulls.

Representing the artists that will be aiming to dominate 2016, Rat Boy, Clean Cut Kid and Barns Courtney have also been revealed to play the festival.

Receiving a wealth of critical acclaim in recent months, these three acts look set to be huge by 2016, and with a barrage of hits already under their belts, summer festival season is theirs for the taking, starting with Live At Leeds.

Speaking about this year’s talent and the festival’s 10 year legacy, lead booker Andy Smith commented: “2016 will be the tenth year of booking Live at Leeds, it feels like a great achievement to have grown what was originally a four venue bill to what it is today.

“We have seen some great names grace our stages over those 10 years and I’m really looking forward to next year and what will hopefully be our biggest event yet, it really feels like we are stepping up another level.”

New for 2016, Live At Leeds are also delighted to announce a new digital programme to the event, in partnership with Leeds Digital Festival, taking place in the five days prior to the music (April 25-29).

By combining digital themes with Live at Leeds, the organisers hope to bring an even larger audience into Leeds and will crossover from business to culture to music, as seen in more established festivals around the world, the most successful example of which is SXSW in Austin, Texas.

More names for Live At Leeds and further details on the digital programme will be revealed soon.