Live At Leeds: Melin Melyn: “Love camping, might give it a go outside the venue”

Melin Melyn check in ahead of this weekend's Live At Leeds.
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Melin Melyn 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, Melin Melyn have filled out our handy Live At Leeds Q&A.

Hello Gruff! How’s it going? What are you doing today?
It’s going quite well, thanks. Working in a cafe at the moment dreaming up new songs with no time to write them… I tend to write them on the bus, though, so hopefully will have a whole album after the six-hour bus journey to Leeeeeds!

What have you been up to this summer? Have you had a good time?
Oh yeah, it’s been great, thanks! Playing a barn stomping set at Green Man and supporting Gruff Rhys were highlights for us, I’d say!

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?
Depends what time we get there and hoping the bus doesn’t break down; it would be fun to catch Warmduscher, CVC, Los Bitchos, Greta Isaac and Gruff Rhys.

What are the key ingredients for a good festival, do you think?
Top-notch electricity.

If you were to book your own all-dayer, who would you want on the bill?
Talking Heads, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Brân, Ivor Cutler, Slapp Happy.

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you at a festival?
Nothing too serious, really. Lost the keys to the car with all the equipment inside it. In the dark. After crawling around for 45mins, I found them in the grass. Returned to the campsite with no clue where my tent was. So sat on the floor with a warm can of lager until my friend returned two hours later.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your Yorkshire pudding making skills?

What’s your favourite thing about city-based, multi-venue festivals – working loos or not having to camp?
Working loos. Love camping, might give it a go outside the venue.

What else are you up to at the moment?
We’ve just released our new EP, ‘Happy Gathering’, and looking forward to playing Oslo Hackney on the 15th of November. I am also trying to find somewhere new to live because my landlord has upped the rent by £250 a month. Twat.

We’re approaching the end of 2022 now – what have been your albums of the year?
Aldous Harding’s ‘Warm Chris’. Really enjoyed Gwenno’s new album, too, and excited about Bug Club’s new one coming out soon.

Do you have any new band tips for 2023?
The Mighty Observer, AhGeeBe and DD Darillo.

Live At Leeds takes place on 15th October.

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