Live At Leeds: Los Bitchos: “Nothing beats the positive energy at festivals”

Los Bitchos check in ahead of this weekend's Live At Leeds.

Los Bitchos have filled out our handy Live At Leeds Q&A.

Back for their second event of 2022, Live At Leeds’ annual multi-venue festival is set to take over Leeds this weekend (Saturday, 15th October).

Dork is also once again heading up a stage; this year you can find us at the iconic Brudenell Social Club.

The venue’s Main Room will feature the likes of Los Bitchos, Opus Kink, Baby Dave, Molly Payton, The Dinner Party, Soup!, The Queen’s Head, Oliver Keane, Wynona and a special, not-to-be-missed afternoon performance from Gruff Rhys.

Meanwhile, in the Community Room, we’ll have the equally exciting Connie Constance, Will Joseph Cook, Laundromat, Cheep Teeth, Fake Turins, Melin Melyn, Nieve Ella, Mint, Dim Imagery and Gus Englehorn.

The new music extravaganza is also set to host sets from the likes of Sundara Karma, White Lies, Crawlers, Joe & The Shitboys, Ciel, Joesef, Swim Deep and loads more.

Ahead of tomorrow’s kick off, Los Bitchos have filled out our handy Live At Leeds Q&A.

What have you been up to this summer? Have you had a good time?
Nic: It feels like our summer started in March at SXSW as we’ve been following the sun ever since! We’ve done a lot of touring in Europe and the US and played a lot of festivals in the UK and Europe this year. It’s been amazing!
Josefine: Such a fun summer! Nothing beats the positive energy at festivals.

You’re about to play Live At Leeds – are you going to be around all day? Are there any other acts you’re looking forward to seeing, or catching up with?
Josefine: Yes, we can’t wait! We will be driving up from London that day, so not quite sure how early or late we will get there yet. If we get there in time, it would be sweet to catch our friends Warmduscher, Working Men’s Club and Palace. Playing right before us at Brudenell is Opus Kink, so we will definitely be catching their set! I saw them play at a 4am gig in London once, and it was ace.

What are the key ingredients for a good festival, do you think?
Nic: Haha, I think the basics like good toilets, food etc. can’t be overrated! Obviously a killer lineup. I like the smaller to medium-sized ones.
Josefine: I agree with Nic, a good basic organisation is key, so it all runs smoothly both for people attending and bands playing. On top of that – affordable booze and food and a sick line-up!

If you were to book your own all-dayer, who would you want on the bill?
Agustina: ABBA, Los Mockers, Caetano Veloso, Ramones, Elia & Elizabeth.

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you at a festival?
Nic: Rain inside the tent and a wet sleeping bag. There’s no coming back from that!

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your Yorkshire pudding making skills?
Nic: Hmm not sure I’ve ever attempted them to be totally honest… errr Serra? I feel like you are most likely to have made them.
Serra: I’d say I’m at a solid 7, I’ve never had a disaster, but some puddings have been better than others. I look to continue improving.
Josefine: I’ve also never attempted it… so, 0? I’m good at making pancakes though if that counts for anything?!
Agustina: I never attempted to do it either, but also not a massive fan tbh, so 0!

What’s your favourite thing about city-based, multi-venue festivals – working loos or not having to camp?
Serra: I think those last two things sum it up for me. I like the comfort of a multi-venue festivals where it doesn’t matter so much what the weather is doing.
Josefine: Yeah it’s great to have a roof over your head if it’s happening in the autumn/winter months. Always awesome to be able to see a bunch of bands on the same day! And definitely a bonus to be able to go sleep in a proper bed after as well… camping can be so rough!

What else are you up to at the moment?
Nic: We’re getting ready to put our Christmas single out on the 13th October and working on the video. We’ve also started to work on some new songs, which is really exciting. We still have a hand full of shows left this year including a little Christmas party tour so we’re making preparations for that!

We’re approaching the end of 2022 now – what have been your albums of the year?
Agustina: So many, but from 2022 releases, I’ll say Yard Act’s album ‘The Overload’.

Do you have any new band tips for 2023?
Serra: Steel Beans, Bug Club.
Josefine: Noon Garden, Panic Shack, Ziyad Al-Samman.

Live At Leeds takes place on 15th October.

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