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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 16th-22nd February

The Orielles @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 16th February

The Orielles simply describe themselves as a post-disco-punk band, referring to the music that inspires and influences them the most. Consisting of two sisters, Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand-Halford and their best friend, Henry Carlyle Wade, the Halifax’s trio released their critically acclaimed debut album Silver Dollar Moment in 2018, which was full of beautiful melodies, playful hooks and hypnotic indie rock tunes. The Orielles are playing this Saturday at Belgrave Music Hall, so try and get a ticket if there are any left! (TICKETS)

The Struts @ Leeds University, Saturday 16th February

The Struts gained an immense following with the release of their debut album Everybody Wants from 2016, while Luke Spiller, the band’s frontman has quickly become one of the most recognizable vocalists on today’s rock music scene, bringing the shimmering, glittery fashion back on stage. Embraced by some of the biggest names in the history of rock music, The Struts have already opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who and Guns N’ Roses, showing that rock n’ roll is still very much alive. The Struts are playing at the University of Leeds this Saturday supporting their sophomore record YOUNG&DANGEROUS (2018), so grab your tickets if they’re still there! (TICKETS)

Jungle @ O2 Academy, Saturday 16th February

Jungle became one of the biggest musical revelations in 2014 after releasing their Mercury-nominated, neo-soul debut album, which included hits such as ‘Time’ and ‘Busy Earnin’’. Last year, Jungle dropped their second album For Ever, a successful and equally vibrant record with a focus on emotional depth and meaningful lyrics, again accompanied by polished instrumentals and perfectly executed falsettos. What’s more important is that Jungle are a spectacular live band, so make sure not to miss them this Saturday at the O2 Academy! (TICKETS)

Toy @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 17th February

Toy’s sound cannot be easily defined as they changed throughout the years and with each and every one of their consecutive releases, going from classic psychedelia to introducing elements of folk or even film soundtracks into their sound. The London based band released their latest album Happy In The Hollow last month and once again surprised everyone with their inventiveness, delivering a record that is typically uncompromising – it’s a collection of songs that capture electronica, folk, post-punk and krautrock in a truly atmospheric way. Be sure to check out Toy this Sunday at Brudenell Social Club, it’s definitely worth it! (TICKETS)

Bodega @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 19th February

Brooklyn based band Bodega present minimalistic and straight-to-the-point art-rock, often satirical in its lyrics and based on social commentary, but also personal pain and suffering. With two impressive albums under their belt already, 2018’s Endless Scroll and 2019’s live document Witness Scroll,Bodega has given us more than enough material to enjoy and relish during their gig in Leeds. They are going to play at Brudenell Social Club this Tuesday, so grab your tickets now! (TICKETS)

White Denim @ Leeds Beckett SU, Tuesday 19th February

Currently touring their eighth studio album Performance, released at the end of last year, Texan four-piece White Denim have been keeping guitar music inventive and on its toes for over a decade, tempering their alternative rock approach with dub, psychedelia, blues, punk and prog. Their live shows are renowned for their intensity and the band’s freeform approach to rendering their songs in front of an audience, and with American multi-instrumentalist BC Camplight in support, it’s well worth getting there early! (TICKETS)

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