Futuresound Group continue supporting emerging regional music with the annual Leeds Emerging competition and Dance to the Radio stages sending local artists through to the Leeds Festival stages this year.
The Leeds Emerging competition took place across June and July with local emerging artists battling it out for a place at this year’s Reading and Leeds’ Festivals.
Winners via an audience and judge vote were Leeds’ indie rockers Sounds like a Storm, who stormed to victory and an opening slot on the Radio 1 / NME stage, with runner ups Household Dogs, Teeff, and Wuzi making it to the BBC Introducing stage this year.
Listen to the Artists who won Leeds Emerging 2018: SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
On this year’s Dance to the Radio stage which is hosted by the Leeds Label on the Thursday night of the Leeds Festival there is a mix of breaking national talent and regionally emerging artists. Headlined by Doncaster / Manchester politico-punk band The Blinders who recently sold out Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club support comes from Indie-pop act Anteros, Later… with Jools Holland starts Boy Azooga, Leeds Alt-pop starlet Tallsaint and lo-fi indie-pop Leeds act Far Caspian.
Speaking about this year’s festival Futuresound Director Colin Oliver said: “Every year the Leeds Emerging competition aims to support local artists on their first regional shows and find the next big thing and I’m delighted with the quality of entrants and winners this year. The Dance to the Radio stage is our opportunity to showcase the best new artists that have come through to Leeds recently via our shows or Live at Leeds festival and it’s testament to the quality of the artists on the line-up that we’re hosting on the Festival Republic stage for the second year running after 7 years at the Festival.”
Listen to the Artists on the Dance to the Radio Stage 2018: SPOTIFY PLAYLIST