Boxing Day Blurrrgh!

Evening all, I’m finally catching up on my Youth Anthems admin action after a month full of food, work and an incredible gig on December 4th!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to see Cowtown, The Cut Ups and The Pop Up People.  We had something like 96 adults and over 50 young people at the gig (and we sold nearly 70 tickets in advance so thanks a million to Tre at Jumbo Records!).  It was a great atmosphere at the gig and the raffle went down a treat too (so once again thanks to all the donaters of prizes; Suma Wholefood, Fred Aldous, Tiny Tree Books, Bombed Out Records, Jahoer and Scene Better Days).  Might do another one at some point!

The next gig is going to be a real cracker.  I was going to have a gap but then Biscuithead and The Biscuit Baders became available and I didn’t want to miss out!  Buuuuut!  Following this gig I can 100% guarantee you (and for very good reasons) there will not be another Youth Anthems gig until August at earliest (and September at latest) so get your tickets in now for Feb so your gig fix is sorted for a whilst.

Over the next few days and weeks I’ll be putting some fun stuff up on here and via our Mailing List so go and sign up and keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Cheerio till then.


We’ve got a Website!

It’s an odd post to put up telling you that we have a website as if you’re reading it then well…you’re looking at the thing!  But we’re so happy that it’s here that we’re ignoring general conventions of logic.  The talented/lovely Mark Pavey from Mark Made This who you might also recognise as the singer of Pacer (and formerly of The Steal) has designed and created this beautiful online oasis that you now find yourself at.  Our very own Kate designed the logo too!  So if you have webdesign/branding/illustration needs then seek these two out pronto!

We’re going to be adding content (look at us using the proper words) as regularly as we can so keep an eye out for the monthly record club, interviews and lots more.

You can also sign up to our mailing list and from December we’ll be sending out a newsletter around 3-4 times a year telling you about all the cool projects we’re upto and letting you know a teeny bit in advance of everyone else about how to get tickets for all our upcoming gigs and secret things (SECRET THINGS!).  So sign up that below.

Thoughts/questions/ideas?  Just email!

September 2016 Update

Hi all,

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet on this site since the last gig but there’s loads going on so I wanted to update you to what was going on behind the scenes…!

(1) The next gigs is going to be a total cracker.  I really think this one might sell out in advance so I really cannot advise getting tickets in advance enough!  Head on over to the gigs page to find out more but COWTOWN ARE PLAYING AT YOUTH ANTHEMS!

(2)  We have a really snazzy website now!  I thought that after three years we need something that wasn’t knocked out in 25 minutes by someone who didn’t know if this would all take off (and didn’t have a clue about webdesign).

(3)  We’ve opened up a Youth Anthems branch in Brighton!  A very good friend of mine asked if they could start doing gigs under the YA banner in Brighton and I thought that it seemed like a cracking idea so it’s happened!  Expect some more news about how their first gig went but if you know anyone who might like our gigs and lives down that way then point them in the direction of HERE for Facebook and HERE for Twitter

(4)  We’re on Instagram!  I literally have no idea what I’m doing with it but it seems fun so follow us @YouthAnthemsLeeds

(5)  What else…?  Oh we’ve started a mailing list.  I find that whilst Social Media is useful for keeping you all informed, with all the weird algorithms sometimes important news gets lost so if you want to make sure you get all the gossip via 4 or 5 emails a year then sign up at:

(6)  Nearly there!  BIG NEWS is that we’re also currently booking our first ever YOUTH ANTHEMS TOUR!  That’s right in July and August 2017 we’ll have some great friends from the U S of A coming over and playing nearly two weeks worth of family friendly gigs across the UK.  More information soon!

(7)  Last bit of news.  As you can see there is a load of stuff going on and all of this takes a lot of time on top of my full time job.  I’m also trying to sort out ways of marketing our CD more so we can make mega loads of cash for City of Sanctuary  (whilst on that subject feel free to pick up a CD here).  They’re selling well but I want to make sure we do the best job we can with it!  I’ve also not taken any time since this all started to reflect on how the gigs are run, sort out the finances of it all and generally take on board feedback from you all.  So…after the Cowtown gig in December there might be a longer break than normal before our next gig.  Don’t worry it is just a break so I can concentrate on the Youth Anthems tour and get all things YA related in order.  The very latest we’ll be back at regular gigs will be August 2017 but I’m sure there will be something before then.  So here’s another reason to make sure you grab a ticket for the December gig!

Over and out!


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

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