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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 22nd-28th

Field Music @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 22nd February

They’ve been so fresh and innovative for so long that it’s hard to conceive of Field Music being ‘veterans’, but the brothers Brewis are certainly pretty close to that kind of tag in 2020. Now on their seventh studio album Making A New World, released at the beginning of the year, an ambitious suite thematically linked by the societal and political upheavals of World War I, the group come to the Brudenell Social Club at the weekend. Very small numbers of tickets left! (TICKETS)

Damien Jurado @ City Varieties, Tuesday 25th February

One of Leeds’ lesser-known but most intimate venues, just off Lands Lane is the City Varieties, which plays host to American songwriter Damien Jurado on Tuesday evening, and it’s an absolutely ideal setting for an extremely personable performer. Musically reminiscent of his mid-Nineties indie/folk counterparts, Jurado released his 14th studio album In The Shape Of A Storm in April last year, and brings his latest European tour to Leeds. (TICKETS)

Thumper @ Oporto, Wednesday 26th February

“Delivering bubble-gum psych through a wall of sonic death,” according to the blurb on their Bandcamp, Dublin noise-pop sextet Thumper come to Oporto mid-week. Following compatriots such as Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital who’ve recently crashed into the UK Top Ten, they’re one of a huge wave of exciting talent to emerge from Ireland, with a great EP and a slew of singles in 2019 and a debut album mooted for later this year. (TICKETS)

Ben Watt @ Belgrave Music Hall, Thursday 27th February

Alongside Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt helped to forge some of the Nineties’ best downtempo music as Everything But The Girl. His fourth solo album Storm Damage was released at the start of 2020, and his UK tour comes to the Belgrave on Thursday night. Take this opportunity to see an enduring talent! (TICKETS)

Mikal Cronin @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 28th February

It’s a double-header at the Brudenell Social Club to kick off the weekend and mark the end of winter! A sometime member of Ty Segall’s backing band as well as a part of Okie Dokie, Epsilons, Party Fowl and Moonhearts, Mikal Cronin is a key figure in modern American indie. His fourth solo album Seeker was released at the end of last year, and he brings his excellent live show to Leeds. (TICKETS)

Julian Cope @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 28th February

While it unfortunately sold in a matter of minutes, it’s worth mentioning that cult hero Julian Cope – formerly of pop ingenues The Teardrop Explodes and a published author in the field of archaeology as well as a prolific solo artist – is in Leeds. Perhaps you know someone with a spare ticket, as Cope is a genuine underground icon!

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