English people tend to talk about nothing else when either a) it’s sunny, b) England are not useless at football, or c) both. As it’s currently option c) this July in Leeds, it seems like there’s little escape from the heat and sports chatter (see? even we’re doing it…). However, here are three great gigs you can go to in the city in the coming week.
The Vaccines @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 11th July
Really? British indie rock’s last chart-botherers The Vaccines at the little old Brudenell Social Club? Yes, your eyes did read it correctly. The group are laying on an intimate gig that’s been on exclusive pre-sale to ticket-holders for Reading and Leeds Festival. Coming off the back of a stripped-back, focussed fourth album Combat Sports released earlier in 2018, you might never get to see a band this size in a venue like this for a long time!
Oh Sees @ O2 Academy Leeds, Wednesday 11th July
If you can’t get into The Vaccines or you’re not a fan, you can always catch John Dwyer’s much admired cult garage-rockers Oh Sees at the Academy in the city centre. Releasing albums at the rate of at least one a year, the band formerly known as Thee Oh Sees are indefatigable and industrious in a way rarely seen today. Their next album Smote Reverser is out in August.
#360RAW no.4 @ The Lending Room (Library Pub), Friday 13th July
If supporting the Leeds music scene is your thing, there’s nowhere else you need to be except #360RAW. A night dedicated to showcasing local bands set up earlier this year by the knowledgeable duo of BBC Introducing…’s Alan Raw and the original 360 Club founder Richard Watson, the fourth edition of #360 RAW includes Hands Off Gretel from South Yorkshire and a pair of Leeds bands in Late Night Legacy and Purple Thread. Entry is just £7.70, so fill your boots with great local music!
Tags: #360RAW, Alan Raw, Ed Biggs, Gigs of the Week, Leeds, Leeds 360 Club, live preview, Oh Sees, Richard Watson, The Vaccines
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