preview: Live at Leeds 2012

So it would appear that with as much shock and surprise as always we find ourselves a quarter of a way through 2012 wondering what happened to those lovely new socks we unwrapped at Christmas and why on earth we have yet another membership card to the local gym collecting dust in our wallet. The sun is making more regular appearances on the daily commute to work and, before long, the clocks will change and the August bank holiday will be a distant memory. Time flies fast even when you’re not having fun, so the next half year should make land speed records seem pedestrian; it’s time for festival season. While a notable mention always goes to the weird and wonderful folk who love a winter escape to Butlins for three days with All Tomorrow’s Parties, Live at Leeds is one of the earliest festivals of the calendar and looking set to be a notable addition to the years pay in advance musical weekends.

In it’s fifth year now, Live at Leeds will play host to over a hundred bands on Saturday 5th May, sandwiched in-between a day of music seminars on Friday the 5th and a 5-a-side football tournament with the performing bands on the bank holiday Monday. Headline slots are filled by established acts The Enemy, Marina and the Diamonds, Ladyhawke, Los Campesinos! and The Subways, all with new material from releases over the course of the last twelve months. Filling up the undercard are a plethora of musical gems. iLIKETRAINS, the Leeds based quintet who specialize in conceptual post rock like few others. With a tiple of ep’s and double of lp’s, expect to see a quite brilliantly researched history of mankind’s failings mainly seen through the battle fields. Alongside them, Scroobius Pip brings his new solo effort, Speech Development the line up alongside statutory truckers hat and minus statutory beard that was auctioned on Ebay back in August of last year. Expect lyrical intelligence and a harness of the English language rarely seen since the dawn of hip hop beats in Brooklyn over thirty years ago.

Standing out from the rest of the musical pack are Reading quartet Worship who, despite all of the attention from BBC radio one’s new music press, manage to excel the creativity of Coldplay and The Editors to remind us that ‘new music’ once meant something as magical as Radiohead. Not to say they are quite redefining music absolutely yet, but their mastery of building, layered choruses and use of electronics as more than an after thought will make them a worth while investment of your time. Post punk, 80’s champions – in a very good way – Binary will be providing new material as well. Having such a well thought out and executed sound for a band a little over a year into their life makes the London based band sure to provide many ‘I was there’ moments.

Obviously these are just a few highlights of the rammed bill, a sold out recent tour from Friends will make their electro/r’n’b fused appearance worth catching alongside much hyped – and rightly so – mystery music makers, MONEY. Also worth a notable mention are lo-fi, shoegaze throw backs The History of Apple Pie who provide a nostalgic nod to Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine in equal measure. If none of the above mentions tickle your fancy, the lovely organizers have provided handy little bio’s for each act appearing with links galore so you can plan your day with exact precision.