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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds – June 30th-July 6th

Declan McKenna @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 30th June

Declan McKenna is often considered to be one of the most interesting and promising young talents on the British indie-pop scene. His catchy tunes combined witty and insightful lyrics gained the singer-songwriter a sizable following and created a lot of buzz around McKenna early in his career. His debut album from 2017 What Do You Think About The Car? turned out to be an excellent record and a great follow up to his fantastic early singles ‘Brazil’ and ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’. McKenna is playing an intimate gig at the Brudenell this weekend, and it’s definitely one not to be missed.

Lalah Hathaway @ The Wardrobe, Sunday 1st July  

Lalah Hathaway, a daughter of the famous Donny Hathaway, grew to become one of the finest and most accomplished adult contemporary artists of the 21st century, mixing R&B, jazz, gospel and even rock-pop in her music. Her discography is no less impressive – Lalah’s eponymous debut album came out in 1990, while her latest, seventh record honestly was released last year. She is also a five-time Grammy award winner in categories such as Best Traditional R&B Performance. During her live shows Lalah isn’t shy to use her powerful voice to charm the audience, often using new, different arrangements in her songs to make things even more interesting. For any R&B fan, Sunday night at The Wardrobe is a must.

Dead Naked Hippies @ Oporto, Wednesday 4th July

Dead Naked Hippies are a Leeds based ‘trash-punk’ trio. They have been described as loud and vigorous, but they are also able to reveal their gloomy and dark side. Dead Naked Hippies introduced themselves in 2016 with their debut single ‘Lights Out’ which was followed by a self-titled debut EP in 2017 via Leeds label, Dance To The Radio. The band has been touring around the UK for some time, but this week they’re making their way back to Leeds to perform at Oporto and to fill the venue with their post-punk sound.

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