It’s less than a year since it opened, and already the First Direct Arena in Leeds has played host to some of the biggest names in music. From Bruce Springsteen to Miley Cyrus, Elton John to André Rieu and lots more in between. Later this year star names such as Dolly Parton, The Eagles and Pearl Jam will be gracing the stage. However tonight, there’s somebody a bit special playing… For the first time ever, the little genius that is Prince will be performing in Leeds. He has already caused quite a stir this year by playing little venues in both London and Manchester with his new band 3RD EYE GIRL, now he appears in Yorkshire for the first in 20 years. To celebrate and get you in the mood, if you’re going, our Head of Music has selected the Top 5 Prince Tracks…
5. Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
Music for business is not just about the music that actually plays, it’s also about where it’s played, and how loud you play it.
This might seem like a pretty insignificant and pointless detail to talk about; so long as you can hear it what does it matter, right? But that’s not always the case. Think about how you feel when something is too loud and it becomes almost distorted to hear, or so soft that you struggle to hear it at all – it’s annoying! What’s more, it can completely ruin the effect and the potential influence your music has on your customers…
The last thing you want is your customers struggling to hear themselves, or more importantly, your staff. If your music is too loud, it can not only cause annoyance, but also force people to walk out.
Since 2007, the May Day Bank Holiday weekend has played host to Live at Leeds, a fantastic festival that has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Maccabees, Marina and the Diamonds, Mumford & Sons and Bombay Bicycle Club – most of them many years before they hit the musical big time.
The great thing about the festival if that you pay your money, pick up a wristband and then walk around the wonderful city, going to an abundance of venues to enjoy some cracking live music from across the spectrum.
Highlights from last year include Sam Smith’s acoustic performance in the Holy Trinity Church, and London Grammar mesmerizing the crowd at Leeds Met University with their obvious talent, 6 months before they released their debut album.