As the May Bank Holiday weekend approaches, you're probably planning what to do with those extra days. But forget overpriced beer gardens, trips to the beach or whatever else you were thinking of doing. Come the 29th April, Leeds is where you need to be. Why? Because one the summer's first festivals arrives to take over the city and cram every venue full of great bands.
Live at Leeds has grown from a small speck of a festival to a titan that, like the Solstice for summer, marks the start of the festival season. With artists like Rag 'n' Bone Man, Wild Beasts and Slaves, there's pretty much something for everyone up top. But what about further down the bill?
To give you a hand, we've picked out 8 artists that you just have to race across town to see. (Though we realise you might have clone yourself to see some of them... Actually this list is more of a "What are you planning to do around 6pm?" thing.)
We also asked Jamie Glass from Get Inuit to pick out a few too, which you can see here, so there's plenty to get stuck into.
Black Honey @ O2 Academy - 5pm
If ever there were a band to "do a Wolf Alice" in 2017, it's Black Honey. Watching Izzy & Co wheel across the stage like the rock and roll legends of old is a sight to behold. High-octane from start to finish, with bangers galore, it's Lush meets Lynchian Americana, but from Brighton. Dark, stormy and oh so cool, now's your chance to see Black Honey before that name is absolutely everywhere.
Cosima @ The Faversham - 6pm
The 6pm slot probably doesn't do Peckham's Cosima enough justice, who's used to peddling woozy late-night pop jams that ooze and shimmer in the moonlight. But after the release of last year's mixtape South of Heaven, you'd be silly to miss her. From the dreamy 'Girls Who Get Ready' to the thumping 'Hymns For Him', all blessed by Cosima's swooning vocals, this is a treat whatever the time of day might be.
Dream Wife @ Brudenell Social Club - 9pm
What started out as a joke - a Spinal Tap-esque takedown of manufactured girl bands - has slowly blossomed into a riot grrrl Spice Girls, right down to throwing 'Wannabe' into the middle of the ferocious 'F.U.U.' Rakel Mjöll butter-wouldn't-melt vocals belie a roar that'd put fear into the hearts of men, while Alice Go tears through rip-roaring riffs. It's grungey mayhem from start to finish and they're sure to tear the Brudenell a new one.
Fazerdaze @ Leeds Beckett Stage 2 - 6pm
New Zealand are really good at lo-fi dreamy pop, aren't they? Amelia Murray AKA Fazerdaze is ready to take the torch from Yumi Zouma and bring more glistening bedroom-pop to our shores. With a debut album released in May, a few great tracks tinged with a warm nostalgia already in her arsenal, now is the perfect time to catch her sun-drenched tunes in action. Bonus if the weather's good!
Geowulf @ Brudenell Social Club - 5:30pm
Australia, Gothenburg, Berlin and now London. Geowulf have been all over really and all that globetrotting paid off in spades when we heard the incredible 'Saltwater'. Whether it's the 90s slacker rock vibes of 'Saltwater' or the dreamy 70s vibes of 'Don't Talk About You', Geowulf are capable of dropping some seriously addictive melodies. Come step foot in Brudenell Social Club and be whisked away to a tropical paradise.
IDER @ Belgrave Music Hall - 6pm
London duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville keep going from strength to strength ever since they dropped the chilled out piano ballad 'Sorry' last year. You can hear the change on their most recent EP, Gut Me Like An Animal, which shifts into the darker electro-pop sphere occupied by the likes of The 1975 and Pale Waves. It's no surprise, then, that they've people like Shura and Tourist singing their praises. IDER will be worth seeing just to hear the sharp stomper that is 'Nevermind', one of the best tunes of the year so far.
Luxury Death @ Brudenell Social Club - 2pm
From the ashes of cult Sheffield slacker-rock duo Nai Harvest, comes Ben Thompson's latest project, Luxury Death. Formed with his partner Meg Williams as "something else to do in the bedroom together", they've slowly moved out of the bedroom and into the real world with haunting tunes dripping with a lo-fi feel. Their debut EP, Glue, was released back in February, packed with tracks harking back to the new waves but still feeling distinctly now.
Trudy & The Romance @ Brudenell Social Club Games Room - 9:30pm
Those other loveable lads from Liverpool, Trudy & The Romance, sound like they make songs by throwing them through every era going. There's '60s doo-wop in there, some '70s psych, '90s grunge and some '00s pop hooks for good measure. With an Elvis cover in their back catalogue and tracks that sound like sludgy rock (in the best way possible), you're never sure quite what you're going to get, but it's almost certainly going to be exciting. Brudenell's Games Room is pretty much the perfect place to witness the wonderful madness too.