Live & Loud 2013, York’s alternative freshers’ ball, will feature Katy B, The Pigeon Detectives, and Shy FX & Stamina MC.
Katy B, the 24 year old Peckham-born artist and BRIT School graduate’s first single from her upcoming second album What Love is Made Of was released on July 7. Her first single Katy on a Mission (2010) reached number five in the UK singles charts. Her debut album On a Mission (2011) peaked at number two in the UK Album charts. In 2012, Broken Record won the NME Best Dancefloor Anthem award.
The Pigeon Detectives were formed in Yorkshire in 2004 and have released four albums since their debut Wait for Me (2007). Their most recent album We Met At Sea, was released in April 2013 and was reviewed by Nouse. In 2009, the indie rock band recorded and released a cover version of Tainted Love, made famous by Leeds band Soft Cell. All proceeds were donated to a charity which helped neglected children in Leeds.
Shy FX, aka Andre Williams, is an English DJ and producer from London who specialises in drum and bass and jungle music. Stamina MC is the stage name of drum and bass MC and vocalist Linden Reeves. The pair performed together at Playfest 2012.
The Pigeon Detectives performed at Live & Loud 2011, alongside DJ Fresh and Rizzle Kicks. This event received much criticism due to the limited capacities of the venues on Heslington West. Last year Live & Loud, headlined by Professor Green, was moved to an outdoor stage on Heslington East so that all ticket holders would be able to see the main acts. This year the event will be held again on Heslington East campus.
YUSU President Kallum Taylor said: “This is looking like an awesome night and we’re really pumped for it! This year’s headliners offer an exceptionally strong line up and, between them, they offer the variety and energy we’re after to deliver the festival feel we’re going for this year. They’re all amazing acts to witness live and I’m sure that this event – with an even bigger capacity than last year – will be something our students remember for a long time. It’s without a doubt the best event on campus, across the whole calendar, and I’d encourage students to move fast if they want in on it! The Comedy Night’s sold out already, that’s never happened before, and they’re going faster than ever for this one.”
A third year history student said: “I’ve never heard of the two DJs before in my life, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Katy B. I have seen her before and she is an excellent live performer!”
As well as live music the event will also host an indoor silent disco, fireworks over the lake, food stalls, an outdoor shisha tent, face painting, a photo booth, food stalls and bars. Tickets for the event which will take place on the October 5 are available from the YUSU store.