Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Constellations Festival Preview

Our recent round-up of the Summer’s huge variety of festivals had left us a little sad. Would we really have to wait til next May for it all to start again? Well, of course not, there’s still loads going on, including all the ATP stuff (sadly not for us this year), as well as something that’s looking quite special: Constellations.

Taking place in Leeds on November 14th at Leeds University, it has a chance of matching the joy and variety of ‘Live @ Leeds’ with the added advantage of keeping it all under one roof – essential as winter closes in.

3 stages will host some fantastic bands, including some of our favourite Leeds regulars, alongside some truly exceptional visitors from further affield. The difficult decisions as to where to go and who to see will begin immediately at half two, but naturally the Bomb would head off to see Wakefields finest ‘Runaround Kids’. After that, who knows, but I would personally have to go for a run of iLiKETRAiNS, Sky Larkin, Liars, Los Campesinos! and Broken Social Scene. A great band I came across just the other day, ‘Cloud Nothings’ are there too and, well, there’s not really a weak moment.

Sadly, I will not be here to see it. Whilst it seems like an awesome way to spend a miserable November Saturday, it’s not quite enticing enough to cancel a trip to Japan. Not quite. But I feel genuine sadness I can’t be there and as such, a RB writer will be there to document the whole event for me (and you). It sounds to me like a great combination of spot on local talent and interesting and unusual artists that probably wouldn’t come to Leeds so often and that is all put on in conjunction with some of great independent enterpirses (Wichita, Dance to The Radio, Brudenell, Drowned In Sound) makes it even more worth the while. Look out for that upcoming review and for more info go to www.constellationsfestival.com

Dean Freeman

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