YUSU have announced the acts playing at this year’s Live and Loud.
York’s alternative freshers’ ball will feature live music from DJ Fresh, Peace, Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones), Duke and The Struts.
DJ Fresh has had two No 1 hit singles – ‘Louder’ and ‘Hot Right Now’ from his third album Nextlevelism. ‘Hot Right Now’, which featured Rita Ora, was confirmed as the UK’s first dubstep and drum and bass N0 1. Other popular songs include ‘Gold Dust’ and ‘Earthquake. The drum and bass and dubstep producer’s new single ‘Flashlight’ featuring Ellie Goulding will be released on 5 October.
Indie quartet Peace formed in 2009 and hail from Birmingham. Their debut studio album ‘In Love’ (featuring lead single ‘Wreath’) was released in March 2013, reaching No 16 in the UK album chart. The band has received recent critical acclaim, with The Guardian and NME comparing them to Foals, The Maccabees and Vampire Weekend, and were nominated in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll. This summer, they played the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals and were sixth on the bill.
Kristian Nairn is an Irish house DJ more widely known for his role as Hodor in American fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. In August, Kristian embarked on a Game of Thrones themed tour of Australia entitled ‘Rave of Thrones’. The actor and DJ has been touring during the last couple of weeks playing at several freshers’ week events across the UK.
Beatboxing trio Duke will offer something a bit different to this year’s Live and Loud. The band, who call themselves “a band like no other” will perform covers using a mix of beat-boxing, vocal bass lines and a guitar, without backing music or sampling. Duke has supported acts such as Jessie J, The Feeling and N-Dubz on tour.
The Struts are a four-piece indie rock band formed in 2009. They released their debut album ‘Everyone Wants’ on 28 July. The band cites their influences as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and Kasabian. In June of this year the Derby based-band supported the Rolling Stones in Paris, playing for a crowd of 80,000 people.
The acts were posted on YUSU’s Facebook page this evening. Earlier today, a fake line up for the YUSU event was posted in the York Uni Swap Shop Facebook page, announcing that N-Dubz and Alexandra Burke would be headlining the event. The post was met with some negative comments. One member of the Swap Shop group posted, “What kind of idiot with too much time on their hands would make a fake YUSU announcement? Come on.”
As well as live performances from musicians, ticket-holders can expect fireworks over the lake, a silent disco, photo booth, an outdoor shisha tent, food and drink stalls and more. Tickets for the event, which will take place on 4 October, cost £29 and can be bought from the YUSU website.