The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, July 21st – 27th

Even As We Speak @ The Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 21st July

Even As We Speak formed in the 1980s in Australia where they have built their initial fanbase and created a name for themselves. The band’s success in their home country brought the attention of BBC Radio 1 which allowed them to further develop their career in the UK. With a long hiatus from recording new music, between 1993 and 2017, Even As We Speak’s return with a new EP The Black Forest was warmly received and created demand for more live shows. Their unique sound, a blend of accessible yet experimental pop which reaches all the way back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, and their unique history makes Even As We Speak a one-of-its-kind act. Make sure to see them this Saturday at Brudenell – who knows when are they going to disappear and come back again!

Chaka Demus & Pliers @ The Wardrobe, Wednesday 25th July

Chaka Demus & Pliers is one of the most successful duos in the history of Jamaican music. The two artists have been working together since the early ‘90s and since then have grown to be known on an international scale. Their music brings the best out of reggae and dancehall and possesses an authentic vibe that cannot be fabricated in any way. Most of all, they are a fun and positive duo whose music creates the most positive energy that you’d be able to find in Leeds this week. Be sure to check them out at the Wardrobe this Wednesday.

Ego States @ O2 Academy, Thursday 26th July

Inspired by The Kinks, The Beatles and The Strokes, the Liverpool and Yorkshire-based Ego States like to make a melody driven rock ‘n’ roll music. Formed in 2015, this young band has already gained a dedicated fanbase in England and played hundreds sold-out headlining shows. With only a few official singles being released so far, Ego States come across as nothing less but impressive. As they claim, 2018 should be their year and playing at the O2 Academy, one of the largest venues in Leeds, is definitely a huge step towards achieving that.

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