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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, April 14th-20th

If the prospect of returning to university with exams and possible dissertations on the horizon is filling you with dread, just remember that Leeds still has plenty of awesome gigs on offer in April and May to see you through. Music is good for you!

Here’s the three best gigs going on in Leeds this week!

Mabel @ The Wardrobe, Wednesday 18th April

The daughter of respected soul singer Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, the Swedish-British youngster Mabel seems destined to have become a great singer from the start, but hasn’t needed anybody’s help to do so. Self-starting her musical career back in 2015, Mabel made her breakthrough with UK Top 10 hit ‘Finders Keepers’ in November last year and, following her successful mixtape Ivy To Roses, is currently working on her debut album. Catch her at the cosy confines of The Wardrobe on Wednesday night!

Lucy Dacus @ Belgrave Music Hall, Thursday 19th April

With her expressive contralto voice and thoughtful lyrics, Virginian singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus is just one of the many hugely impressive female talents to have emerged from the American indie scene in the last five years. Releasing her sophomore album Historian via prestigious national independent imprint Matador a month ago, which was awarded a Best New Music rating here at TSP, she’s currently touring her latest work around the UK, and stops off in Leeds at the Belgrave on Thursday evening.

Goat Girl @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 20th April

With their highly anticipated self-titled debut album released on Rough Trade just last week, full of spiky yet darkly humorous portraits of modern London life, Goat Girl are taking the opportunity to ram their message home with a triumphant tour. The country’s premier Northern independent institution, the Brudenell Social Club, seems like an apt place for Britain’s hottest new indie act to deliver what’s sure to be a memorable piece of performance artistry.

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