It'S A packed month in Leeds, with plenty of opportunities to catch exciting acts at some intimate venues.
Glaswegian indie rockers Glasvegas get the month underway following the release of their eagerly anticipated third album, bringing their huge UK tour to Leeds Met on Sunday 1 May (£16). Also at the Met, on Wednesday 4 May, Noah And The Whale promise plenty of radio-friendly folk pop (£13).
At the opposite end of the musical spectrum, heavy rock outfit Black Spiders, set to play Download this summer, are at the Cockpit on Thursday 5 May (£8.50) and the following night local rockers Sprayed Aces also appear at the Cockpit (£4).
Singer-songwriter and first lady of dubstep Katy B is at Leeds University on Saturday 7 May, sure to be an electrifying night if you can get your hands on a ticket, which will prove tricky as it’s sold out (£12). We don't advocate buying tickets from touts, but you should probably buy a ticket from a tout.
Sunday 8 May sees theatrical pop rockers Wild Beasts playing an intimate Matinee Show at the Brudenell Social Club the night before the release of their third studio album. We think this is the stand-out gig of the month.
Psychobilly outfit Drive By Truckers, based in Athens, Georgia, bring the sound of the South to Leeds Met on Wednesday 11 May (£16) and the US vibe continues with Florida-based acoustic rock outfit Boyce Avenue at the Cockpit on Thursday 12 May (£17.50), and the following night Pete And The Pirates bring their infectious indie pop to the same venue(£8).
On his first solo tour since reforming the Libertines last year Peter Doherty is sure to pack out the Academy on Thursday 19 May (£18). Whether he turns up is anyone's guess, so perhaps take a book along just in case.
Devlin is at Leeds University on Sunday 22nd May; named on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 Longlist, his individual brand of grime is set to be huge (£11).
The end of the month at the Cockpit has series of good fun gigs not to be missed - electro-pop stars The Hoosiers are there on Monday 23 May (£10), followed by Liverpool’s eclectic indie outfit Clinic on Saturday 28 May (£10) and the following night, orchestral ensemble The Bookhouse Boys will be bringing a cabaret flavour to the Cockpit (£7).
Go get 'em tigers.