The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 15th-21st

Dry Cleaning @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 15th February

Authors of ‘Magic Of Meghan’, one of the breakout indie hits of 2019, London-based quartet Dry Cleaning are on yet another jaunt around the UK. Two successful EPs were released that year, Sweet Princessand Boundary Road Snacks And Drinks, which showed a sardonic and intelligent humour and highly evolved DIY sound and attracted a great deal of press attention and radio support. Catch one of Britain’s finest new indie bands in the amazing environs of the Hyde Park Book Club on Saturday! (TICKETS)

God Damn @ Hyde Park Book Club, Monday 17th February

It’s been a while since we heard from Wolverhampton’s God Damn, having released their first two albums in under two years back in the middle of the 2010s, their exceptional debut Vulturesin particular marking them out as one of the country’s finest straight-up rock bands. Their third record, a self-titled affair, will have been out for just a few days when their UK tour comes to Leeds on Monday. (TICKETS)

Girl Ray @ Belgrave Music Hall, Wednesday 19th February

Having established themselves as one of the country’s best new bands back in 2017 with their excellent debut Earl Grey, an endearing DIY affair steeped in the history of British indie, Girl Ray took a risk with last year’s follow-up Girl, aiming for sun-soaked, chrome-coated pop shininess. It was a tremendous success, proving the band’s versatility, and they come to the Belgrave Music Hall on their latest tour as part of a packed Wednesday schedule in the city! (TICKETS)

Black Midi @ Leeds Irish Centre, Wednesday 19th February

Their extraordinary Mercury Prize-nominated debut Schlagenheimneeds no introduction at this point, but Black Midi are not resting on their laurels in 2020. A brand new single, ‘Sweater’, was released just last week, and their new UK tour comes to the much-undervalued Irish Centre mid-week. (TICKETS)

William Doyle @ Headrow House, Wednesday 19th February

Formerly known as East India Youth (Mercury-nominated for Total Strife Foreverback in 2014) before deciding to drop his moniker and perform under his own name a few years back, electronica maestro William Doyle rounds off a fantastic Wednesday evening in terms of the switched-on music fan’s choices. (TICKETS)

DIIV @ Leeds University Union Stylus, Friday 21st February

Zachary Cole Smith’s DIIV bring their current tour behind last year’s wonderful Deceiveralbum to Leeds Uni Union on Friday evening. Their compelling and intoxicating blend of indie, dream pop, shoegaze and post-punk has always been even better in the live arena than on record, so get yourself tickets quickly and witness an undervalued band in action! (TICKETS)

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