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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, January 25th-31st

RIFFFEST #2 @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 25th January

The second edition of RIFFFEST comes to the Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday. Beginning in the late afternoon and with tickets less than £20, a bill of seven guitar-orientated acts, included headliners Crows and the likes of Strange Bones and Dead Naked Hippies, all curated by local act Brooders (who are also performing themselves) can be enjoyed. (TICKETS)

Bombay Bicycle Club @ Leeds O2 Academy, Saturday 25th January

Can a reunion really be described as such when it was entirely obvious that it was going to happen, even when the band in question split up? Enough with semantics… 2020 marks the return of indie favourites Bombay Bicycle Club, who released their first album in six years last week. Everything Else Has Gone Wrong may have gotten lukewarm reviews – not least from us – but as live performers their reputation is enormously strong. They play the Academy on Saturday night! (TICKETS)

Colossal Squid @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 26th January

The musical vehicle for producer and drummer Adam Betts, Colossal Squid combines the power of live percussion with the twitchy, glitchy electronics of cult classic acts such as Aphex Twin and Autechre. Touring last year’s ludicrously enjoyable / enjoyably ludicrous Swungert album, Betts comes to the Brudenell to provide what will surely be a bonkers finale to the weekend. (TICKETS)

Isobel Campbell @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 28th January

Formerly a member of indie mainstays Belle & Sebastian and a collaborator with Mark Lanegan on more than one occasion, the eminently refined Scottish songwriter Isobel Campbell comes to the Brudenell mid-week, just days ahead of the release of her new solo album There Is No Other. (TICKETS)

Keg @ Hyde Park Book Club, Wednesday 29th January

Describing their style of music as ‘Rat Disco’ and listing their influences on Facebook as simply ‘Spike Milligan’, the supremely daft Keg come to the Hyde Park Book Club on Wednesday evening alongside ally Jean Penne. (TICKETS)

Wire @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 31st January

As prolific as they ever were during their first flush of creativity during the first wave of British punk, the legendary Wire return to the Brudenell Social Club. Intelligent, restless spirits consistently over three different incarnations, they’re touring their 17th studio album Mind Hive, their fourth album in the last half-decade. (TICKETS)

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