Leeds Fest 2018: Must See Artists
Words: Harry McMullen
The Leeds Festival is back for 2018 but who should you be looking out for this year? We’ve picked out four acts from this years festival that you NEED to see.
1. Kendrick Lamar – Main Stage – 21:00 Sunday
Kendrick Lamar has catapulted himself from a Compton street rapper to an arena gracing superstar in little over half a decade. Lamar will headline the main stage on Sunday night preaching tales, both personal and political ever so allegorically. This headline slot is set to be succinct, real, to the bone – words do the talking with Kendrick, there are no gimmicks. A must see for all, a true urban poet.
2. Wolf Alice – BBC Radio One Stage – 21:00 Saturday
Four piece alternative rock group Wolf Alice have become part of festival furniture since the bands formation in 2010. The quartet have been nominated for two Brits and the Mercury Prize in their fairly short existence. Once described by Clash magazine as the lovechild of folk and grunge, the band have such a diverse fan base as their music is influenced by every aspect of rock family. The bands shows have as many teenagers parents in attendance as there are teenagers. You can find Wolf Alice on the BBC Radio One Stage from 9pm on Saturday.
BICEP – BBC Radio One Dance Stage – 19:30 Saturday
Northern Irish Dance Duo BICEP have made a major splash on the tech house scene. The sets are far more than just a clubbing experience, with light shows, heavy beats and on screen imagery, BICEP create a system in which the crowd obtains fidelity to the music. This is sure to capture your mind and take you on a musical journey.
4. J HUS – Main Stage – 17:00 Friday
J HUS exploded onto the British urban scene in the summer of 2017 and since has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, three Brits Awards whilst picking up the NME award for the best album for his second album Common Sense. Brought up in Stratford, J HUS is the musical embodiment of contemporary music, fusing afrobeats, grime and bashment to give HUS a sound that belongs to no other artist. Find J HUS on the main stage from 5pm on Friday, We would not want to miss this one.
Tickets are available from official retailers. For more information head to the official Leeds festival website: www.leedsfestival.com