Live At Leeds: Wynona: “You might find your new favourite artist”

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

Wynona 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, Wynona have filled out our handy Live At Leeds Q&A.

Hello Natalie and Rich! How’s it going? What are you doing today?
Hi! We’re doing ok, thanks! We’ve just moved to Southampton, and we’re currently standing in front of multiple cardboard boxes forming some sort of giant Jenga game that I don’t want to get involved with… but we’re heading to Oxford tonight.

What have you been up to this summer? Have you had a good time?
Summer was actually pretty great this year; we got to play some great shows – one of our favourites being at Amazing Grace supporting The Amazons. It was also a particularly sweaty summer… too sweaty for us. We’re winter people.

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?
Yes! We’re playing at the same time as Warmduscher, and some of us are gutted that we won’t be able to catch them, but it’s all good! Looking forward to Pale Wales, of course – other bands King No-one, Molly Payton, Lizzie Esau, Oscar Browne.

What are the key ingredients for a good festival, do you think?
To make it an enjoyable festival experience for yourself, I think you have to take the day at your own pace and go with the flow. You might accidentally wander to a stage and find your new favourite artist. The key to a good festival probably comes down to a few things… good sound; if the sound isn’t great, the artists and listeners won’t get the full hair-tingling experience. Good manners, such a small effort made from staff and festival goers can make everything so much more enjoyable. I mean the most important one is probably to have awesome musicians come to play the festival!

If you were to book your own all-dayer, who would you want on the bill?
Ahhh, I feel like this question is too hard to answer in a matter of minutes. Just an idea:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Big Thief
Julia Jacklin
Weyes Blood
Coach Party
Beach Bunny
Tiny Umbrellas

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you at a festival?
I mean, I feel like what happens at festivals should remain there…

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your Yorkshire pudding making skills?
-10 because I have never attempted making one.

What’s your favourite thing about city-based, multi-venue festivals – working loos or not having to camp?
I like the feeling that everyone is dotted around the city enjoying music and having that common ground, like a huge uni campus hang-out vibe.

What else are you up to at the moment?
We’ve moved city, like two days ago. That’s been weird getting used to a new place. The water tastes better in Southampton & the people we’ve met so far have been so nice. We’re looking forward to checking out some local gigs & meeting new people & making new friends. We live quite an unsettled life so this means a lot finally having a wardrobe to put clothes in!!

We’re approaching the end of 2022 now – what have been your albums of the year?
Big Thief – ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You’
Wunderhorse – ‘Cub’
Fontaines DC – ‘Skinty Fia’
Jockstrap – ‘I Love You Jennifer B’
Beach Bunny – ‘Emotional Creature’

Do you have any new band tips for 2023?
Ada Lea
Beach Bunny
Molly Payton

Live At Leeds takes place on 15th October.

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