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5th March – Johnny Marr – The Duchess
I’m tempted to say “If you don’t know who Johnny Marr is then why are you reading this website?!”, but that would be reactionary and mean. So instead, I’m going to calmly explain that Johnny was the lead guitarist in The Smiths, the greatest band of all time. Whilst Morrissey’s deadpan melodrama often takes all the plaudits when it comes to defining The Smiths’ endearing appeal, their music ultimately would have been nothing without Marr’s unassuming yet jaw-dropping ability to craft a melody that cuts right to your core. If you haven’t already, I recommend that you spend a few hours scouring YouTube in search of videos of Marr mesmerically playing riffs. Man is an absolute hero. Anyway, enough gushing, Johnny is touring in support of his first ever solo album, ‘The Messenger’, and tickets are understandably sold out

6th March – Milli Vanilli presents: Butler & Murt – Fibbers
The York House scene mainstays welcome Leeds duo Butler & Murt. Tickets are £5adv/£7otd

8th March – Sam Carter – The Basement
Some lovely folk whimsey courtesy of Please Please You, as Sam Carter, former Emerging Artist In Residence at The Southbank Centre, makes a trip down to The Basement. Promises to be a very intimate occasion. Tickets are £10adv/£12otd

9th March – The Travelling Band – The Duchess
Another gig organised by the inimitable Please Please You, who this time bring Manchester folk collective The Travelling Band to our fair walled city. Tickets are £7.50adv/£9.50otd

Leeds

4th March – Disclosure – Cockpit
Like them or not, Disclosure were the band that defined 2012 as their slinky, garage-influenced take on house music became ubiquitous. Vocal-heavy and unashamedly radio-friendly, their sound is by no means challenging but can be credited for making dance music a mainstream proposition once again and ensuring that 13-year olds everywhere are asking for an MPC, not a guitar, for their birthday, much to the chagrin of their dads. Tickets are sold out

4th March – Cyril Hahn – Faversham
Cyril Hahn is the bloke responsible for that fantastic Destiny’s Child remix, and a slew of other frankly underwhelming remixes along those lines. The hype surrounding him off the back of that one track is understandable though, and his appearance in Leeds has already sold out

6th March – Egyptian Hip Hop – Brudenell Social Club
Egyptian Hip Hop are signed to Belgian techno label R&S, home to other dynamic British luminaries James Blake, Blawan and Lone. Despite this they do not make bass music, instead crafting a psychedelic sound in debt to Krautrock. Much more 60s revival than post-dubstep. Tickets are £8

6th March – Post War Years – Nation of Shopkeepers
The London alt-rockers celebrate the release of new album ‘Galapagos’ with a free gig in Leeds’ trendiest bar. Tickets are FREE

7th March – Lianne La Havas – Stylus
Much like Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas has been prime fodder for remixes, a symbiotic relationship for her and the producers that has opened both up to new audiences (see Mele’s bombastically stupid rework of “Forget”). Lianne is an excellent musician and engaging live prospect in her own right though. Tickets are £13

8th March – Willy Mason – The Wardrobe
Willy Mason is an American blues troubadour who was discovered by indie hero Conor Oberst. That’s not why he’s cool though, he owes that to being a direct descendant of the 19th-century philosopher William James (thanks Wikipedia!). Tickets are sold out

8th March – AUS Music Showcase – Wire
AUS Music is the record label run by Will Saul that is responsible for bringing artists such as Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound (née Ramadanman), Bicep and Midland to a wider audience. The label head himself is joined by Swiss techno veteran Deetron. Tickets are £8

9th March – Foals – LMUSU
The math rock stalwarts are out on tour in support of their critically acclaimed third album ‘Holy Fire’. Tickets are sold out

10th March – Bastille – Stylus
After featuring on the front cover of our latest issue, Bastille will be hoping to prove that they are more than just Made in Chelsea pseudo-emotional fodder ahead of the release of debut album ‘Bad Blood’. Tickets are sold out

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