June 2016 Update

Hello fellow users of the World Wide Web!  Once again I find myself apologising to you for the lack of updates here.  Well here’s a handy bullet point list for you:

  1.  The last gig was aaaaaaaaaaaawesome!  How good were those bands?  The crowd were pretty good too (pat yourselves on the back!).  We also raised £250  for Wheatfield’s Hospice so genuinely thanks for all of your kind contributions.
  2. The next gig is our third Birthday party so I’ve put together a BIG line up.  We’ve had quite a few noisy ones lately so whilst it won’t be totally sedate (it is a party after all!) all the bands will be suitable for all ages and will be nearly all acoustic.
  3. The CDs had some issues with being pressed but the pressing has now been OK’d by the pressing plant (thank you Discwizards!) so anyone who has ordered one will have it with them within the next two weeks and I will be posting up pictures as soon as they are here (so expect more information ASAP!).  City of Sanctuary need as much help as possible with the current political climate so I hope we can raise them some serious dosh with this project (it’s also an incredible CD it that helps).




OK, here’s the big news! On May 16th (i.e our next gig) in collaboration with Cat’s Aye Records we will be releasing a CD (and Digital Download for you hip modern cats). This release will be 20 bands (most of whom have played previous Youth Anthems gigs) playing a mix of original songs and covers with all of the money (like 100%!) from sales going to our amazing friends at Leeds City of Sanctuary. The artwork has been done by Will Tapply (of course!) and the CD version will include a version of the cover which can be coloured in. Ordering information will be up soon but the CD’s will be just £4 and the download version will be £3 (though you can pay more for either if so inclined!). The first chance to buy one will be at our next gig but here’s the artwork and tracklisting and head over to the Cat’s Aye Soundcloud to stream one of the songs (Shake Your Halo Down covering the theme from The Littlest Hobo):



1. Mike Park – Wiggly Wiggly Worm

2. Jesus and His Judgemental Father (featuring Demitaves, Chrissy Barnacle and Naomi Griffin) – Astroboy

3. Shake Your Halo Down – Maybe Tomorrow

4. The Three Amigos – Saved By The Bell

5. Patrick Craig – Arthur

6. Play Date – The Number Song

7. Grotbaby – Banana Splits

8. Andrew Cream – Bob The Builder

9. Tea Leaf – I Found a Way

10. Get Human – One Fine Day (In The Middle of The Night)

11. Zapiain – Thundercats

12. Esper Scout – Sabrina The Teenage Witch

13. Koo Koo Kangaroo – All I Eat is Pizza

14. The Seven Inches – Hanna-Barbera

15. Penny & The Sausages – Ghostbusters

16. Keith Burton – Twirlywoos

17. Happy Wags – Use Your Words

18. Pessimister – Everything Stays

19. No Ditching – Cuppycake Song

20. Wilful Missing – Sweet Dreams

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It’s another late Thank You!

Hi all,

Once again I’m writing this waaay after out last gig but wow, things have been busy!  The last gig blew away all expectations, I had to put up a sold up sign on the door as we very quickly hit over 100 adults and 50 people under 14 so nice one folks!  Luckily the bands made it worth it for everyone and I’m glad you made it such a great visit for our Southern guests.

I’m actually popping off to Jumbo Records now to sort out a system for some advance tickets for our next gig (check out THAT LINEUP!).  You all also brought a phenomenal amount of food and clothing for the Leeds food bank and Leeds Women’s Aid so massive pats on back for that.

We also have some amazing news coming up about our next project so keep your eyes and ears open for that one as it’ll be announced very very soon.

Right any other questions of feedback just get in touch!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We have such an amazing year planned out for you and I can’t wait to break out all of the news!  Our next gig on Feb 7th (more information below) is such a strong one to kick off with and then we’ll also be announcing our May gig there too (and believe me you won’t want to miss that one either!).

We’ll then be announcing an amazing project that I think you’ll all be into which is also going to be a way of raising funds for Leeds City of Sanctuary and we’re also finalising details of one of our biggest gigs yet.  2016!

So here’s our next shin dig!  For the first time we’re bringing a touring band on board so give Break Ups a warm welcome!


More info on this gig HERE and on Facebook HERE.

High Fives all round!

I had a lovely coffee with the good people at City of Sanctuary Leeds today. We had a nice chat about how we can help be a welcoming bunch of folk to new arrivals in the UK and hopefully we’ll have some really exciting musicians appearing in 2016.
I was also really happy to give them a cheque for £450 from Youth Anthems which will be helping them continue their great work. Massive thanks to everyone who has bought one of our colouring in books or come to our gigs as its your money that’s been given. Huge thanks to the bands who played our benefit gigs (both YA #10 and the evening gig we arranged) so massive cheers to The Velveteens, The Seven Inches, Tea Leaf, Cordell, Syslak, Get Human and Crumbs.

Huge thanks to people who continue to donate clothes I heard a lovely story today about a family who arrived in Leeds the day after our last gig with only the clothes on their back and were given a package of clothes for all family members just from clothes from the gig the day before so nice one!

So let’s crack on, loads more gigs in 2016, keep buying the colouring in books and we’ll have a new exciting project which you’ll all love and which will also hopefully raise a nice wedge of cash for City of Sanctuary.

Nice one!

Better late than never!

Better late than never!

I  was just browsing this here website (somewhat arrogantly I guess?!) when I realised I hadn’t updated it since before our last gig.  Sorry!  I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that came down for our second Birthday.  It was everything we could have hoped for and more.  All of the bands really put on the best show possible (Protectors’ medley of the Twirlywoos and In the Night Garden theme tunes was a real highlight!) and the Birthday cake(s) from That Old Chestnut were phenomenal.

We’ve got some fantastic things up our sleeves for the rest of 2015 and into 2016 (if some of these potential projects come off then my mind will truly be blown so stay alert!).

One thing we can (and have!) announced is our next gig on November 1st 2015.  I’m so pleased to bring you this line-up as once again I think we’ve been able to traverse several genres and scenes with something for everyone (well 60’s garage pop, indie-pop-punks and acoustic ballads anyway which I think is a good stretch!).

The flyer is below but find out more on our gig page and on the Facebook event.




It’s our second Birthday and I’m becoming aware that it might be a busy one (or everyone’s playing a big prank on me and I’m going to be sitting alone eating a whole lot of cake!). This might well be our busiest one yet so I just wanted to list some things that might it a lot more fun for everyone…

1. Have fun!

2. Wharf Chambers is a good size but with there being lots of young people in I don’t want it to be too packed as this can get uncomfortable and frankly scary!  As such I don’t think we can really let a whole lot more than 100 paying people in (we once had 95 people paying in as well as 30 young people and that was a nice ‘packed out’) so regardless of whether you just want to see the first, second or third band (I’d recommend watching all of them if you can!). I would strongly suggest coming down by 2pm to ensure that you get paid in and stamped so that you can to and fro as you like. I hope we don’t have to put a sold out sign but if I think it’s getting too full we might need to. If this does happen then next gig we will look into advance booking (now watch my hubris come crashing down with a low turn out!).

3. If you can bring as near to exact change as possible it will stop me head exploding (I only got a C at GSCE maths and that took a load of revising!). No major worries if not though.

4. If you have any Women’s or Children’s clothes or any toys that you would like to donate to Together Womens Project then please bring them down as we will have a collection for them.

5. Have fun!

6. If you have any questions before Sunday then feel free to drop me a line on youthanthems@gmail.com

7. Mine’s a black coffee, a slice of cake or one of those posh cranberry drinks in the glass bottles if you’re asking

Haaaaaaappy Birthday to us!

Haaaaaaappy Birthday to us!

OK folks so here’s our second birthday bash!  There’s full information on our gigs page and on Facebook but there will also be some rather splendid bonus news being announced soon too!  One of the big differences at this gig is that we will be having the clothing swap again with leftover clothing being given to Together Women’s Project who do some incredible work in the Leeds area (and across Northern England).  We will also be hosting a Food Bank collection for the first time too so please take a gander at the list we have here and bring along whatever you can.

This is going to a true banger of a gig so make sure you spread the word!




The day after each gig I always end up saying “That was the best one yet!” but come on, what else can I say?!  We had a great turn out on Sunday, the bands were just perfect; a lovely opener by Patrick Craig, playing well beyond his years, fantastic soulful acoustic music.  I knew Finnmark! were great but live they were something else, lovely, soaring indie-pop, I can’t wait to pick up the album when it comes out this week.  They’re also playing in Leeds next week with The Coopers so be sure to head on over.  Then Sonic The Comic, who knew such fun could come from two people, a guitar and an iPhone (and whatever that hi-tech watch was doing!).

Kate also did a great job with the Children’s Clothing swap and three huge boxes of clothes are now winging their way over to PAFRAS.  We’re going to continue this at all future gigs as well as becoming a drop off point for the Leeds North Foodbank so head on over to the new pages on this site for more information on both of those.

So onwards and upwards, here’s to our next gig (our second Birthday!).  We might even have a bigger announcement about that coming soon, so make sure you ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (or just keep checking back here!).


Children’s Clothing Bank at Youth Anthems

In an effort to not get lost in apathy after today’s election result we’re linking up with members of the Fierce Babe Network to do a bit more for our community.

We’re aware that people are really struggling with the basics right now, so we will be hosting a Children’s Clothing Bank at all future gigs (starting this Sunday!).

This means that if you have any (clean/non-damaged) children’s clothes from new-born onwards that you no longer have a need for and would like them to go to people who might be in need of them then please bring them to any of our gigs.

We will then have boxes (separated by Children’s ages) where we will place the clothes so that you can come along and take them away.

So please come along and donate and please come along and take.

If you would like to come to this but can’t afford the entry then just mention that you’re here to look at the clothes and that will be fine, no judgements or further questions.