Kath & the Mighty Menace

(Big Fish I) have been put forward by the Leeds Music Trust and will be playing their debut gig. Kath has recently been performing solo but this new band has recently been put together and includes two members of Japanese Fighting Fish.


(Big Fish I) Won the 2008 Leeds City College / Radio Aire ‘Local and Unsigned’ competition (pictured in the final at The Wardrobe) and have since been signed to Teatime Records and released their debut album, Bright Day, in 2009.

“It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Feldspar’s musical contribution to the new emerging wave of young, exceptionally talented, folk-inspired artists and acts.” (James Sutherland)


(Big Fish I) Are considered to be the band most likely to be Leeds’ Next Big Thing. Signed to Dance to the Radio records (former home of the Pigeon Detectives), veterans of SXSW and the Leeds Festival, 6 singles and one album later Grammatics are well on the way to making it big!

You are looking at an album that is so rare, so well created and driven by people so talented, it is nothing short of perfect.” (10/10 – AudioScribbler).

“Bona fide genius.” 8/10 – NME
“Wonderful… sit-up-and-listen strange and at once arresting” (The Sunday Times)


(Big Fish II) Club Smith recently won a Futuresound competition to play at Reading & Leeds on the BBC Introducing Stage. They are being championed by Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, who has had them in for interviews and regularly plays their music. They have just supported Two Door Cinema Club, they supported Kaiser Chiefs in their previous guise as The Hair, and they’ve had one of their tracks remixed by Co-Pilots, who include a member of Bloc Party.

Check out the link below to their website and the video to their single ‘No Friend of Mine


(Big Fish II) “Middleman make bouncy, vibrant, ridiculously catchy tunes that stand out a mile from everything else around at the moment.” (Huw Stephens, RADIO ONE).

As well as Huw Stephens, Middleman have been championed by Steve Lamacq (6 Music) and Zane Lowe (Radio 1), they are on the XFM and NME Radar playlists, they have a track (‘It’s Not Over Yet’) included on the new NBA 2K11 basketball game on Xbox and Playstation – the soundtrack also includes Snoop Dogg – and they played the Festival Republic stage at Reading & Leeds 2009 and Live at Leeds in both 2009 and 2010.

Their debut album, ‘Spinning Plates’ was released in May 2011. Check out:
Middleman’s website and Middleman’s MySpace profile


(Big Fish II) “Some of their stuff is urgent, groovy indie, some of it is rolling, big, tuneful but angry music, and some of it, creeping, atmospheric, almost soundscapey emotional indie. The singer’s voice is really strong and has a lush tendency to go all high halfway through word, which makes something drop in my gut when I listen.” (Marsha Shandur, XFM London).

Sketches played the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds festival, were named as Steve Lamacq’s ‘Unsigned Band of the Week’ on 6Music, have toured with the likes of I Am Arrows (ex-Razorlight) and Everything Everything, and have released three critically acclaimed singles and two EPs.


(Big Fish III) “Your new favourite mixed sex indie pop band” – Rough Trade.

Big favourites on the Leeds music scene, Blood Oranges played Live at Leeds 2010 and again in 2011. They released This Is Not About Kat (Convincing Everyone) on a Dance to the Radio compilation before their first solo single, The French Word For Love’ through Rough Trade.

“Leeds is home to some of the UK’s biggest breaking bands; Pulled Apart By Horses, Sky Larkin and Blood Oranges.” (The Leeds Guide).


(Big Fish III) They took off in 2010 with a storming Live at Leeds set, debut EP and tour, played the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading & Leeds festivals and ended up as magazine cover stars!
Watch them performing at Leeds and Reading Festival in 2010 –
Enough said.


(Big Fish III) They are young, they are noisy and they are playing at Big Fish!

Winners of the 2010 Futuresound Competition at the O2 Academy, Penguin went on to play storming sets at the 2010 Reading & Leeds Festivals. Have a look at them doing their thing at Reading (Youtube).
Check out their MySpace profile –


(Big Fish III) “A voice all oak smoked and impossibly weathered for a 22 year-old.. measured and mature songs of love and death that sound traditional but at the same time fresh and buoyant. Brilliant, and I don’t even like folk music” (Vibrations Magazine).

Sam played Live at Leeds 2010 and has been asked to play again in 2011, he’s played with the likes of Villagers, Willy Mason and iLikeTrains and released his debut EP on Mook Records in 2010. His follow up single, ‘The Blackout’ has received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.


(Big Fish III) You may not have heard of them yet.. but here as some things being said about them..
“a streamlined, direct sensation, somewhere close to what Doves could’ve sounded like with a bit more energy and a lot less determination to sound dull”

“It’s simple: listen to Lived In Skin, and tell me that it isn’t as exciting and – yikes – fresh sounding a song as you’ve heard for a long time”

Young British Artists shoot pinholes of laser-light through the fug, and deliver songs more taut, more deliberately designed and more attack-minded than the majority of their contemporaries. Jolts of pleasure, life, and bright, white light. Excellent.”


(Big Fish III) Secret Sirens are playing Live at Leeds 2011 and their singer, Narelle, will be performing a solo set for us. In her musical career she has played alongside everyone from Corinne Bailey Rae to the Pigeon Detectives to The Streets and we’re delighted to have her on board.

Secret Sirens will also be playing Kendal Calling and the Limetree Festival this summer, have just played the Cockpit with Mark Morris from the Bluetones and released their debut single ‘Black Heart’ at the end of 2010 – view it here (Youtube)

The Creeks

(Big Fish II) The Creeks are an alternative indie rock band, from the suburbs of Leeds. Since playing Big Fish 2, they have released their debut album and played at Leeds Festival 2011.

“Local band The Creeks grabbed the support slot and did a great job of getting the crowd involved. Their pop-rock beats helped pull enough people from the bar to give them an amazing audience to interact with.” – extract from Big Fish review by Yorkshire Evening Post, October 28th 2010.

“A solid backline with some lively and loose drumming is equalled by some flashy classic rock guitar-work and gritty vocal displays. Fresh from Leeds Fest, the confidence and banter belie a band ready for bigger things.” – Tim Hearson, Leeds Music Scene, September 2011.

Eureka Machines

(Big Fish IV) Big Fish is delighted to announce that the Main Stage headline act for Big Fish IV will be.. EUREKA MACHINES! Here’s a link to their recent single, These Are The People Who Live In My House, and if that doesn’t get enough juices flowing, have a look at these reviews..

“The title track sums up the band nicely.. catchy, quirky, huge harmonies and a tendency to veer into superb and unexpected territories.. It’s ridiculous that Eureka Machines could still be the best band you’ve never heard. You owe it to yourself to put that right” (The Sun)

“Champion the Underdog could easily be your favourite album of 2011. If Eureka Machines are still off your radar (WHY?!) you need to pick this up. These guys could well be your new favourite band” (Contact Music)

Ellen & the Escapades

(Big Fish IV) We are very pleased to announce that the wonderful Ellen & the Escapades will be our headline act for the Acoustic Stage at Big Fish IV.

After winning Glastonbury Festival/Q Magazine’s Emerging Talent competition in 2010 they have gone from strength to strength, playing Glastonbury in 2010 and 2011, as well as Green Man, Bestival and Leeds/Reading, being championed by Steve Lamacq and Rough Trade among others and gaining airplay on Radio 1, Radio and BBC 6 Music.

“Ellen Smith’s captivating vocals are the highlight in a fantastically catchy collection of songs that tread a line between folk, pop and rock.. sublime.. well-executed.. these guys are definitely ones to watch.” (Clash Music)


(Big Fish IV) are really going places – they’d already played Live at Leeds and The Cockpit and got support slots with the likes of Wild Beasts, The Neat and Johnny Foreigner when, in summer 2011, they won the opportunity to play on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals, where they went down really well. They are also the band who have collected the highest scores from our student Promo Team, so we’re very happy to get them!

Loose talk costs lives

(Big Fish IV) We have completed our Main Stage line up with the excellent Loose Talk Costs Lives, who formed in 2010 and have already released two records; their first, a double A-side single “Some Nice Flowers / Wreck Ashore” in December 2010 and then, in August 2011, their debut EP “Wax & Gold”. They’ve had support slots with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Wild Beasts, have played Live at Leeds and are now playing Big Fish!