Band picks: Kawala recommend who to see at Live At Leeds 2020

Spoiler alert: everyone loves Marika Hackman.

It’s time to start getting excited, Dear Reader. We’re just a few months out from the unofficial start of our summer festival season. That May Day Bank Holiday weekend means one thing – Live At Leeds. Packed with (literally) hundreds of the best new bands on the planet, it sees one of the country’s most vibrant creative cities turned into a mecca of buzz, hype and awesome live music.

To celebrate, we’re holding a special Live At Leeds takeover. Over the course of the day (28th January 2020, in case you’re coming to this late – Ed), we’ll be bringing you all kinds of stuff from and about the acts playing this year’s event. If you’re going, it’ll help you plan out those all-important spreadsheets. If you’ve not yet picked up your tickets – well, what are you waiting for? You can grab ’em here, right now.

Picking out who to see at festivals where you actually want to see everyone is so hard. So, so hard. Thankfully, ‘the bands’ are more than happy to help. London-via-Leeds newcomers Kawala have pinpointed a handful of acts you really must see at this year’s Live At Leeds. Take it away, guys.

Jordan Mackampa

Combine one of the finest natural voices with insane guitar playing AND he writes consistently incredible songs. We’ve been fans of Jordan for years and a definite must-see!

Ezra Furman

Always oozed cool both in terms of songwriting and stage presence. Seen Ezra before, and buzzing to catch the show again.

Marika Hackman

When her ‘We Slept At Last’ album came out I remember it being such a gorgeously balanced work in terms of writing and production. Always managed to miss her at festivals so will 100% make sure we catch her set.

Bad Sounds

A band we’re proud to share both management and the LAL bill with! Infectiously fun live performances and exciting new music being released off the back of a class album. Definitely a show worth seeing.

Weird Milk

Managed to stumble across these guys completely randomly at a London show. Kind of a modern twist on throwback Beatles-esque chord progressions, and we’re always gonna back anything fronted with two vocalists.

Live At Leeds will take place on 2nd May, visit for more info.

Always oozed cool both in terms of songwriting and stage presence. Seen Ezra before, and buzzing to catch the show again.

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