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Leeds Festival Fringe is a first
Alex Booth
BBC Blast Reporter

Milk White Teeth
Milk White Teeth played last year's BBC Introducing stage at Leeds

With all eyes on the Leeds and Reading Festivals the build-up is already underway.

The first Leeds Festival Fringe (LFF)kicked off on Thursday 19 August and will continue until Wednesday 25, just before the main Leeds Festival begins.

The week includes over 130 new music acts in nine venues and is not to be missed.

LFF sees some of the best new talent in punk, folk and heavy metal with bands and singer-songwriters galore.

Participating venues in Leeds city centre include: Carpe Diem, Royal Park Cellars, Dry Dock, the New Conservatory, the Elbow Rooms, the Northern Monkey and the Well.

Leeds Festival Fringe
Hopefully this will be the first of many festival fringes

Mickey Thompson is one of the enthusiastic volunteers and organiser of the event.

"This has been such a big part of my, and the team's life over the past few months" He said.

"It needed doing, and it's finally happening, Leeds Festival needed a proper build up. A week of free performances.

"It's about a real music scene, with quality gigs. But let's do it all together and put it under one umbrella. I even got a good luck email from Melvin Benn (Leeds and Reading Festival Organiser).

"It's going to be a big part of my life forever now".

Brilliant way

Not only is the Leeds Festival Fringe a brilliant way of catching the live performances of some of the best new names in the local music scene. The gigs will also be raising money for local charity, Martin House Children's hospice.

Many of this year's performers will also be gracing the BBC Introducing stages at Leeds and Reading.

One such band, Wakefield based trio, Runaround Kids helped start proceedings at Carpe Diem on Thursday night, alongside headliners Standard Fare, The Spills and Mi Mye.

"We've played with Standard Fare before and they're amazing, they are so good' explained bassist Jack Winn.

"The Spills are our label mates and Mi Mye is incredible as well so it should be a really good night. We all go to Leeds Fest each year but this will be our first time performing at a festival.

"We have a lot of friends there and hopefully they will all come down and see us... Just as long as we don't clash with someone really good".

For any true music fan, Leeds Festival Fringe is set to be a definite date for the music calendar for many years to come.




SEE ALSO
BBC Introducing at Leeds Festival
30 Jul 10 |  Things to do
Leeds Festival line up history
20 Aug 10 |  BBC Introducing
West Yorkshire's Raw Talent
12 Oct 09 |  TV & Radio

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