Live At Leeds: The Queen’s Head: “We’re chomping at the bit to say more…”

The Queen’s Head check in ahead of this weekend's Live At Leeds.
Photo credit: Holly Whittaker

The Queen’s Head 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, The Queen’s Head have filled out our handy Live At Leeds Q&A.

Hello Tom! What are you doing today?
I’ve been trying my best to read about anti-aliasing.

What have you been up to this summer? Have you had a good time?
I’ve spent most of my time sweating and working towards an larger body of music. We’re chomping at the bit to say more…

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?
We’re going to stick around for as long as practically possible. Will hopefully see Opus Kink, Oscar Browne, The Dinner Party, Gruff Rhys, WH Lung to name a few.

What are the key ingredients for a good festival, do you think?
A battalion of punters filled with reckless (but ethical) abandon.

If you were to book your own all-dayer, who would you want on the bill?
Probably…
Frank Sinatra
Elvis Presley
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Janis Joplin
Pink Floyd
The Who

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you at a festival?
Once upon a time when I was looser of mind, I found myself stripped to barely-clothed, breast-stroking on a hot patch of grass, eye split from a stray fist in a Paramore pit. Disgusting, uncouth, embarrassing.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your Yorkshire pudding making skills?
Almost 0.

What’s your favourite thing about city-based, multi-venue festivals – working loos or not having to camp?
Like every true dilemma, there is no right answer. If pushed, I would say not having to camp.

What else are you up to at the moment?
We’re all trying to get by in a musical landscape fully pillaged of any kind of reimbursement. But onwards! We continue to write, produce, satisfy the request for content. Working towards something bigger than our small lives, plasters over all.

We’re approaching the end of 2022 now – what have been your albums of the year?
Jockstrap – ‘I Love you Jennifer B’
Rosalia – ‘MOTOMAMI’
Misha Panfilov – ‘The sea will outlive us all’
Shygirl – ‘NYMPH’
caroline – ‘caroline’
Just Mustard – ‘Heart Under’
Wu-lu – ‘loggerhead’

Do you have any new band tips for 2023?
Over the summer, we had a monthly residency at The Windmill, Brixton, where we ran the nights, booking people we love, as an excuse to throw several parties. All the acts were brilliant and destined for great things so all of them are my hot tips!
All of their Instagram handles are below:
@blue.bendy
@the_early_mornings
@suitmanjungle
@fcmalina_
@cixshri
@morgan.noise
@vegaswatertaxi
@kuntessa
@paigekennedymusic
@megalashhh
@vanityfairydust

Live At Leeds takes place on 15th October.

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