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Sun 24th Aug
Leeds Festival: Main Stage
@ Bramham Park, Leeds
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Leeds Festival: Main Stage: The Killers + Bloc Party + The Raconteurs + Editors + We Are Scientists + Dirty Pretty Things + The Subways + British Sea Power + The Automatic + Plus More!
See www.leedsfestival.com/ for further information.
Formed in late 2001, Las Vegas-spawned guitar-synth four-piece The Killers stormed into the UK in the summer of 2004 with their hit single 'Somebody Told Me'. After touring with British Sea Power and stellastarr, Brandon Flowers and his men quickly gathered a mass of fans and plenty of media interest in their aptly named debut album 'Hot Fuss' flying from virtual unknowns to award-winners practically overnight. Following a short break when various band members pursued solo projects, The Killers make a welcome return in 2012 with their fourth studio album, 'Battle Born'.
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Reared on a diet of pop culture and good music, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong met through the small ads of the music press to create a band who now make the headlines. Ask them their influences, and they say they've been influenced by it all. Live, Bloc Party '...rip through new classics...like they've written them 20 minutes before the gig - the ferocity and adrenaline of youth shines through the angular rhythms and layers of effects.' (bbc.co.uk) They also play regular DJ slots up and down the country.
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The Raconteurs are a new band made up of old friends Jack Lawrence (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums), Brendan Benson (guitars, vocals, keys) and Jack White (guitars, vocals, keys). While each of these four individuals have had successful careers with their own bands, the culmination of all of their talents is what truly makes The Raconteurs a force to be reckoned with.
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This Birmingham-based quartet have enjoyed a rapid rise to success since they met at college in Staffordshire in 2003. An intense sound influenced by iconic bands such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and Interpol, their success story began when their 2005 debut album 'The Back Room' reached no. 2 in the UK, selling over half a million copies. Meanwhile 2007's 'An End Has A Start' and 2009's 'In This Light And On This Evening' both reached the no.1 position, and 2013's 'The Weight Of Your Love' also hit the top ten. No mean feat for a band still considered to be "alternative".
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Generating rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety.
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Were an English band fronted by Carl Barat of Libertines fame, after the well documented demise of his explosive relationship with Pete Doherty in 2004. Joined in 2005 by fellow former Libertines Gary Powell and Anthony Rossomando along with Didz Hammond of The Cooper Temple Clause, their energetic punk rock fused with elements of reggae kept fans of the Libertines satisfied. However, after releasing two studio albums 'Waterloo To Anywhere' and 'Romance At Short Notice' the band announced their split in October 2008, playing their final shows and UK tour a month later.
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The Welwyn Garden City trio (Billy Lunn – guitar/vocals, Charlotte Cooper – bass/vocals and Josh Morgan – drums) started playing in their local area in 2003 and, after beating 5000 applicants, they were picked by Michael Eavis to play at Glastonbury. Hype surrounded them in the wake of that performance, and judging by the relentless urgent energy and polished songwriting they are able to conjure up, it seems justified.
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British Sea Power are Yan, Noble Hamilton, Woody and Eamon. The band began life in Cumbria, 2001, and after a few relocations gained an enormous reputation in Brighton and then Europe, as tour supports to such greats as Interpol and The Flaming Lips. By the end of 2004, they were known worldwide, receiving acclaim as 'the best band in Britain' (Sunday Times) and attaining the Time Out award for Live Band Of The Year. It's quite remarkable that in this short time, BSP have established themselves as one of Britain's most noteworthy bands.
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Four young men from a small village in Wales who have spent their youth crafting a giddyingly exciting blend of all that's fresh in rock and pop, and are now set to spread the word. 'In 50 years from now, when musical academics come to show the world what music was like in 2005, they will put this on. They will then nod along thoughtfully and come to the conclusion that it's rather spiffing'- NME.
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Venue: Bramham Park