Leeds "Across The Tracks" Festival Saturday - A review in pictures

The "Across The Tracks" Festival is situated in Leeds City Centre,five minutes from the train station so there was no problem finding the venue.
The festival opened slightly later than planned due to teething problems.This meant main stage openers - The Chalets started their set to a virtually empty arena.However the incoming crowds were drawn to their bittersweet keyboard led Summer Pop leading to a sizeable crowd with a few people dancing as the set drew to an end.

The Chalets

Scotsman Paolo Nutini was next on the main stage.Currently going to down a storm in Scotland and in the UK top 40 with single "Last request" Paolo delivered a set taking in tracks from his top ten album "These streets".

Paolo Nutini

After Paolo's set I wandered off in search of friends and came across the dance area.This was a more chilled out enviroment with several people sitting down enjoying a few beers while listening to the music.

I returned to the main stage in time for The Young Knives performing tracks from their forthcoming album "Voices of animals and men".

The Young Knives

When they had finished I headed over to the "Under the arches" indoor stage for the first time to watch The Research.I got there early and managed to catch the last few songs of The Sugars .They reminded me slightly of a female fronted White Stripes.I'll try and catch their next London show anyway.

The Sugars

The Research's debut album "Breaking up" is one of my favourites of the year so I was looking forward to seeing the band live again.
The Wakefield three piece didn't let me down .Their performance of single "C'mon chameleon" was one of the highpoints of my day.

The Research

I returned to the main stage to watch the remainder of Jose Gonzales performance,just in time to hear his cover of Kylie's "Hand on your heart".

Jose Gonzales

After socialising for an hour or so I returned to the indoor stage to watch .New Young Pony Club
I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed their set.Singer Tahita put a lot into her performance,leading the band through some keyboard driven tracks.

New Young Pony Club

British Sea Power were the penultimate act on the main stage and were the first band I'd seen all day to get a big reaction from their fans.

British Sea Power

Headline act The Magic Numbers suffered slightly with sound problems but still threw themselves into their set.
Although it rained at times the crowd sung along passionately to singles "Forever lost" and "Love me like you" alongside debut album classics.
My favourite "Magic moment" was when they played "Hymn for her" as I hadn't seen them play it live for a while.

The Magic Numbers

All in all it was a good festival experience.I managed to see the bands I liked while discovering a couple of new acts.
There's room for improvement but I'd certainly return next year if the line up catered to my tastes.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:48:43

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