The Dauntless Elite – Interview

I don't really know where to begin with The Dauntless Elite.  I was a massive fan of Joe and Steve's previous band Fig 4.0 so was so happy when they followed that up with The Dauntless Elite's first EP "Security" in 2004.  I remember reading a review in Artcore...

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Rising Ashes – Interview

I was talking to Lisa-Marie Glover when she played at Youth Anthems and we were discussing other bands she knew that might work at our gigs.  She mentioned in passing that she was playing in a new duo with her friend Satnam so after the gig I had a listen online and...

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Flame Griller Interview

It's funny how these things come about.  I was on my way to work listening to Romesh Ranganathan's podcast Hip Hop Saved My Life when the interviewee Ben "ExP" Goodwin mentioned that he was from West Yorkshire.  With most of the acts coming from London or America this...

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Elizabeth Pickering – Interview

I'm not sure who it was that pointed me in the direction of Elizabeth's music (sorry - my brain is like a sieve these days) but I'm glad they did as her jazzy indie-folk is bang on perfect for our gigs and I think she'll be great at starting off the music this Sunday....

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Misfortune Cookie – Interview

There wasn't really much chance that Misfortune Cookie weren't going to play Youth Anthems at some point.  Not only made up of members of some of the greatest bands to come from the UK (Bear Trade, Blocko, Southport, The Mingers and of course Helen Chambers herself)...

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Backspace Interview

When I first started these gigs once of the aims was (and still is) to inspire young people to get up on stage and not feel that you had to be someone special or a musician with years of experience to do it.  Now I'm not saying Backspace aren't special (far from it!)...

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Haq123 – Interview

Danny (of Wharf Chambers/Jesus and His Judgemental Father fame) messaged me later one night to tell me that there was a band I absolutely had to book for Youth Anthems.  He'd played in Birmingham that night and seen Haq123 and was quite rightly blown away (he went...

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Lisa-Marie Glover Interview

Quite a few people had suggested getting Lisa-Marie along to a Youth Anthems gig and I knew she'd done some work with previous guests Kelly Boyle and Sarah Stathem so I was delighted when Lisa-Marie got in touch and I think you will be too once you've seen her in...

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Emily Mercer – Interview

I was introduced to the fabulous Emily Mercer by Youth Anthem's biggest supporter and general owner of the finger on the pulse of interesting music in Leeds - Nicky Bray!  Emily plays awesome piano led songs that range from jazz to pop and indie with a nod to folk as...

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Sad-Eyed Puffins – Interview

I was introduced to the Sad-Eyed Puffins by Billy Billy 5P who couldn't recommend them enough. I had a listen and then had a look and I knew they'd be perfect for Youth Anthems - bizzaro, psychadelic, out there music with a real sense of fun, time to go a bit...

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Girl Gang Leeds Interview

We bumped into Girl Gang Leeds at the ace Leeds Food Festival School Dinner event where they were face painting and generally adding a layer of glitter and grrr! to the weekend.  I got straight in touch to see if they could bring the fun to Youth Anthems and they...

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Captain of The Lost Waves Interview

Nicky Bray (The Pop Up People, Penny & The Sausages) is always a reliable source for Youth Anthems bands (she was one of the first people to suggest Biscuithead and The Biscuit Badgers!) so when she told me to check out The Captain I made a point of doing so. ...

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Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something Interview

I am mega happy that Jemma is coming all the way up from London to come and play for us.  I've been a massive fan of their work since a friend recommended I check out the Bandcamp demo's and I was blown away by the recent EP so have a read, a listen and then get to...

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Cheap Good Craic Interview

We managed to track down Danny and Beth (aka the most awesome siblings in Leeds) for a quick chat about Cheap Good Craic before their headline set at Youth Anthems 17.  Take it away..! Why Fleetwood Mac? Fleetwood mac are universally easy to love, the song writing is...

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Mayshe-Mayshe Interview

I'd heard Alice Rowan's name mentioned in very positive tones around the Leeds music scene and after seeing a great video of her performing live under the Mayshe-Mayshe moniker I knew a booking for Youth Anthems needed to happen! Alongside swapping vocal/keyboard...

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Isaac Hughes-Dennis Interview

I received a charming email from Isaac asking if I would have a listen to his E.P and consider putting him on at Youth Anthems.  Introducing himself as a singer-songwriter who also performed magic and dance I couldn't really not investigate! Following a visit to his...

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Maggie8 Interview

This is a first...whilst listening to Maggie8's incredible album "Lo" and thinking of some questions to ask them my four year old Daughter started piping up with some questions that she had for them.  So in the spirit of inquiry (and passing the buck) I decided to let...

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Gerrard Bell-Fife Interview

I'm a big big fan of Gerrard having seen him playing both solo and as one of the Wobbly Brothers.  Quite simply he is a man of many talents and you're going to get to see the phenomenal guitar playing and lovely voice ones when you come to Youth Anthems #15.  Have a...

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Wharf Chambers Interview

About time right?!  December will be our 14th gig at Wharf Chambers and we’re only just having a chat here with them. When did Wharf Chambers begin and what was the building before? We have been going for four years now. Before it was Wharf Chambers the building was a...

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The Pop Up People Interview

It’s not often I’m lost for words but I’m struggling on an introduction here and when you see this explosion of pop music, indie rock and performance art I think you’ll see why!  When I heard that Nicky from Penny & The Sausages had a new band I had to book them...

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The Cut Ups – Interview

I’ve been lucky enough to have known The Cut Ups since about 2006 when an old band of mine played with them.  Since then I’ve been in three more bands and they’ve kept on trucking, getting better and better with every album.  They’ve gone from being the new band on...

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Jasmine Kennedy Interview

    Sarah from Esper Scout pointed me in the direction of Jasmine and I've very glad she did! Jasmine is one of those musicians who you genuinely feel grateful to have heard, an absolute musical genius, combining folk, pop and indie in a magical way.  You really...

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Chrissy Barnacle Interview

I really can't begin to tell you how happy I am that Chrissy has agreed to play one of our gigs.  If you're a fan of James Yorkston, Bjork, Joanna Newsom or King Creosote then you are going to be a happy camper at our next gig!  Perhaps those are lazy comparisons but...

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Trust Fund Interview

  Well this is a bit of a coup right?  I'll admit when I booked this gig I only expected one of the bands to be able to play and I thought I'd get some less well known bands to support.  But when all four headliners get back to you then what can you do except put...

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Fig By Four Interview

Without sounding too bombastic Sarah really is an icon within the Leeds music scene.  Whether playing in Esper Scout, Molars, Ecate, in Fig By Four or being involved with Chunk or Bomb The Twist (not to even mention the City of Culture bid) she really covers a lot of...

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Crumbs Interview

When I first heard that these four amazing people had started a band together (each a total and utter musical lovely in their own right) I thought that there was no way the band could be as good as the individual parts that made it up but I am so happy to have been...

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Mr C D Wallum Interview

There's an air of mystery around the headliner of Youth Anthems #12.  Is Mr C D Wallum of our time or a jazz musician from the past?  I managed to track him down to find out more about the front main of the Ten a Penny Footwarmers in time for us to become accustomed...

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