What’s Going On: 4th – 10th February


6th February – We Are The Ocean – The Duchess
Fresh off last year’s album ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’, Essex’s finest four-piece brave the cold up north to deliver what NME describe as ‘catchy choruses and chunky riffs’. Tickets are £12.50adv/£14.50otd

9th February – Pure Love – The Duchess
Remember Gallows? They were really big in like 2006. They were in NME pretty much every week. They made a song with Lethal Bizzle! You must remember…. Anyway, behind all the bluster, lead singer Frank Carter emerged as genuine song-writing talent and a stage presence to be reckoned with. Now with a new band, Carter (pictured) is readying an album of garage rock that is set to be a departure from his hardcore origins. Tickets are £10ad/£12otd


4th February – Thurston Moore and Michael Chapman – The Adelphi
These two guitar heroes are heading out on a very special tour together where they each play solo before uniting for a joint performance to end the night. I hope Thurston Moore needs no introduction (he’s the very tall man from Sonic Youth who changed guitar music forever), but Yorkshire’s very own Michael Chapman is probably a tad more unfamiliar. He was first championed by John Peel all the way back in the 60s and is renowned for his gritty but laid back style. Tickets are sold out


4th February – Jake Bugg – O2 Academy
In 2012, Jake Bugg was on the cover of NME and toured with Noel Gallagher. Admittedly neither of those things has been culturally relevant since 2005, but it was still impressive for an 18 year-old. Tickets are sold out

7th February – Two Door Cinema Club – O2 Academy
Although they’re technically the headline act here, Northern Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club will do well to stand out on their own bill. Support acts Bastille and Swim Deep are both set for massive years and will be biting at the heels of their more well-established headliners. Tickets are sold out

8th February – Local Natives – Brudenell Social Club
Californian psych-folkers Local Natives hit the road in support of their new album ‘Hummingbird’. Look out for our interview with the band ahead of their Leeds gig. Tickets are £10.50

8th February – Rinse Winter Tour – Mint Warehouse
The London radio station and dance music institution brings the best of the UK underground, both new (xxxy/Brackles) and old (Loefah/T. Williams), to one of Leeds’ many exemplary warehouse spaces. Tickets are £8

9th February – NME Awards Tour –O2 Academy
Things have been going pretty well for Django Django of late. Their eponymous debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize last year, they’ve just been announced as the headliners of the rather excellent Beacons festival, and they’re currently heading up this year’s instalment of the hallowed NME Awards Tour, which makes a stop in Leeds. Catch them along with other bright young things Peace, Palma Violets and Miles Kane. Tickets are £19

9th February – The Pharcyde – Stylus
It’s been 20 years since seminal West Coast rap outfit The Pharcyde’s debut album ‘Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde’, and in celebration of this milestone they’re heading out on a worldwide tour complete with a full live band. Catch them at one of Leeds University’s top venues, Stylus. Tickets are £12

10th February – Delphic – Cockpit
Manchester dance outfit Delphic had a breakthrough year in 2012, as they were chosen to release one of the five official Olympics singles along with musical giants Elton John and The Chemical Brothers. They recently released their sophomore album ‘Collections’ and are heading out on tour in support of it. Tickets are £13.50

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Alex Beazley-Long