The Student Playlist

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, May 26th-June 1st

Loyle Carner @ World Islands, Saturday 26th May

Loyle Carner’s debut album Yesterday’s Gone from 2017 instantly became one of our top releases of the year, also allowing Carner to quickly become one of UK’s favourite rappers, with his captivating storytelling abilities, charisma and credibility. This week Carner is bringing his compelling combination of hip-hop, jazz and confessional lyricism to World Islands festival where the audience will be able to enjoy his Mercury-nominated debut in a live setting. It’s a gig which no hip-hop fan wants to miss, especially if you’re ready for some seriously heartfelt and emotional vibes.

Courtney Barnett @ O2 Academy, Tuesday 29th May

Courtney Barnett, a long-time favourite of The Student Playlist, is coming to Leeds to give her exceptional guitar skills a go at the O2 Academy this week. Barnett’s recently released sophomore album Tell Me How You Really Feel proved that she’s not only one of Australia’s greatest rock musicians, but also a gifted lyricist who’s able to express her passion, anger and frustrations in the most relatable way. If you’re looking for a night of powerful rock music, mixed with a punk vibe, piercing guitar riffs, and intimate lyrics, Courtney Barnett is coming to play for you this Tuesday.

The Breeders @ Leeds University Union Stylus, Tuesday 29th May

The Breeders may have been around on the music scene for quite some time now, yet, there’s no reason not to see them performing at Leeds University this week. The band started as a splinter project from Pixies in the ’90s and since has held the position of one of the biggest acts of the alternative rock scene, with one-of-a-kind quirky, eccentric energy. Their crazily memorable single ‘Cannonball’ is very likely to make an appearance on a Tuesday night, while the band’s biggest fans should come down to hear some new tunes from All Nerve, The Breeders’ fifth studio album, released in March this year.

Broken Social Scene @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 30th May

Toronto-based ensemble Broken Social Scene are making a trip all the way down to the Brudenell Social Club this Wednesday. The group’s eclectic sound, most closely described as a mix of orchestrated baroque pop and indie-rock, sounds incredibly interesting even on paper. The better news is that Broken Social Scene are absolutely amazing live, taking full advantage of their inherent messiness, which they convert into pure energy on stage.

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