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Leeds’ live music highlights in 2011

Catherine May looks at what’s on for gig-goers in the coming months

Published on January 17th 2011.

Leeds’ live music highlights in 2011

Whether you’re into Scottish singer songwriters, American indie rock or jungle-dwelling baggy champions, the city’s live music scene has plenty on offer after the dull start to the year.

The O2 Academy remains the chief venue to catch live mainstream acts, with David Guetta (28 April) and Chase and Status (18 March) the pick of the dance acts. For a slightly more chilled evening, maybe Adele (14 April), Paul Heaton (2 April) and KT Tunstall (27 February) are a better option.

Leading the fight for the hearts of the city’s teenage girls is Jason Derulo (19 February), whilst the more mature among you can feel young at heart with the Levellers, who tour their Levelling the Land album 20 years after it was first released (10 March), Big Country (16 April) and The Stranglers (12 March).

Primal Scream will also be coming to town for the first night of their Screamadelica tour on 14 March, where they’ll be treating the crowd to live performances of their seminal 1991 album. After performing the album at London’s Olympia last year, the band were keen to get back on the road and we’re set to be the first city outside the capital to get the full performance.

Two established awards show tours will be hitting the city at the beginning of February. The NME Awards will bring Crystal Castles, Manchester starlets Everything Everything and The Vaccines to town on 9 February whilst two days later Good Charlotte will take to the Academy as part of the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour.

Other acts worth checking out at The O2 Academy this year include Band of Horses (31 January), Feeder (8 February), The Streets (24 February), The Decemberists (11 March) and Interpol (22 March).

And if you still want more then everybody’s favourite member of Happy Mondays (except maybe Bez) Shaun Ryder, takes to the stage on 22 February for guaranteed good times. That probably doesn’t involve eating a kangaroo’s knackers.

Stepping away from The O2 Academy, more intimate venues such as Leeds Met Uni and Cockpit 3 are also worth a visit, especially for The Wombats (Leeds Met Uni, 9 March) and Brother (Cockpit 3, 17 February).

New Year’s Resolutions of quitting smoking, losing weight and going booze are boring, so maybe you should set yourself the challenge of seeing more live music in the city in 2011.

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