Kazoopa Festival Preview

Kazoopa Festival is returning for a second year on the 25th November. This metropolitan festival held in all your favourite venues around Leeds City Centre and held by your favourite Leeds promoters Double Denim Live. Kazoopa is hitting hard with their incredible line up of indie/rock/alt bands to quench your thirst during the winter months where most bands go into hiding to write new tracks.


Check out the full line up below

Musicology’s Top Pick

We’ve chosen our top band from the whole line up that we think you should check out on the day (or just in general). Along with 4 more that you definitely need to add to your playlist.


The Elephant Trees

The Elephant Trees are a Leeds based band (recently relocated to Manchester) who are taking the scene by storm at the moment. With three tracks currently released all of which are absolute bangers these guys will be huge in no time.

Check out their video for their latest single Open Up below

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theelephanttrees/


The Wholls

Check out their video for their track X21 below

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewholls/



Check out their video for their track Milk below

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDarma/


Late Night Legacy

Check out their video for the track I’m an Eagle below

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LateNightLegacy/



Check out their video for the track Elise below

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WeAreJustMint/


We had a chat with one of the organisers Mick Dolman (Double Denim Live) about the festival and what it means to the scene. Check it out below.

For anyone who isn’t aware of what Double Denim Live/Kazoopa is, what do you do?

Double Denim Live are National promoters putting on the best new bands at venues across the country in cities such as London, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds, which is where we are based, plus many more. Kazoopa is a project of Double Denim Live and its a multi venue inner city festival bringing the best new bands to Leeds for a full day of some serious rock n roll.


What was the main reason behind starting Kazoopa Festival?

We see a lot of festivals of a similar style all over the country but none really focusing on new bands. Most if not all these kind of festivals always have a few big names on playing the big stages so we thought we would create Kazoopa Fest where all the focus is on new music.


Are there any plans to increase the size/location of Kazoopa? Maybe adding a second city to the mix.

This is the second year for kazoopa and we have increased from 5 venues to 8 which is a big step forward. As for taking Kazoopa to other cities, we have spoke about it and maybe its something we could look at in a few years, i think we need to build its reputation first and then see where it takes us, but yeah, its definitely a possibility.


How did you decide what bands you wanted to play this year’s Kazoopa Festival?

It was a tough one this year, we had over 1000 applications which is madness. We wanted bands who work hard in promoting themselves by constantly playing shows and making a name for themselves. There would be no point booking a band that plays once or twice a month because there would be no buzz about them. Look at the likes of Sheafs or Avalanche Party, every week there’s something up on social media about a gig they just played or tour dates etc, as a promoter thats what you want to see when putting on something like Kazoopa.


Where would you like to see Kazoopa go in the future?

It would be fucking insane if we got to a point where we would need to book a venue like O2 Academy or Stylus for the main stage. When we do get there we will still give you a press pass dont worry.


Any last words for the readers?

Yeah, keep supporting the scene, keep supporting live music because when its gone you will all be moaning, especially the ones that stay at home and watch x factor instead of coming out to a venue and enjoying the atmosphere and smell of sweat at a proper gig. Support small venues. If you do go to gigs dont just go to the venues where its cool to be seen, go visit small venues because trust me, some of the best gigs i have been to have been in 100-125 cap venues….and last but not least, please buy a ticket for Kazoopa Fest 2017. We are totally independent with no financial backers so we rely solely on ticket sales to keep kazoopa going.



Pick up your tickets for Kazoopa Festival here – https://www.kazoopafest.co.uk/tickets/


Social Media Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kazoopafest/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/kazoopafest?lang=en

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kazoopafest/

Website – https://www.kazoopafest.co.uk/

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