Friday, 6 August 2010

Local band to provide soundtrack for new Leeds Arena

It may be due to play host to some of the best music in the world, but the new Leeds Arena is to get a soundtrack of its very own – thanks to a local band.

Leeds band Escort Knights (pictured) have been named as winners of a competition to produce a special soundtrack for the new Leeds Arena, the most exciting music venue in the country, which is due to be completed in 2012.

In spring 2010, the Leeds Arena Project held a competition for local unsigned artists to have their music as the soundtrack for an animation showing the Leeds Arena in action. The animation will also showcase the ‘super-theatre’ design of the Leeds Arena and will be used in key marketing materials.

The competition generated huge interest from local artists and the standard of submissions was extremely high. Ultimately, judges were wowed by Escort Knights’ energetic track, I Don’t Know Your Name and this was selected as the winner.

The four-piece are made up of Ewan Santer (26), Jonathan Doherty (26), Alex Blomley (19) and Joe Montague (21). All are graduates or current students from Leeds College of Music, and met while at the university. They describe their sound as Indie-House and have been touring regionally and nationally promoting their track.

They have played in cities such as Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh and have been invited to play at various high profile music venues and nightclubs in London, most recently at the Camden Barfly. They have played at various venues in Leeds, especially at Leeds Cockpit where they took part in the Futuresound competition, supported Starman and where they will be playing again on September 16th.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive board member for city development, said:
"We are delighted to announce Escort Knights as the winners of the Leeds Arena competition. The arena will take the profile of the music scene in Leeds to a whole new level and are delighted that a local band can be involved at this early stage. Their soundtrack will add something really special to the animation and we are sure they will have a really bright future."

Jonathan of Escort Knights said:
"We are both delighted and proud to be the first band to be associated with the new Leeds arena and a huge project that could give a massive boost to the local music industry.
“From what we have seen the arena will be incredible. It's a total one-of-its-kind and it's happening right on our doorstep. If we could play at the Leeds arena one day, that would really be the icing on the cake though!"

Notes for editors
Further details on Escort Knights and their winning soundtrack can be found on their myspace page at

The animation is currently in development and more details on its content and the launch date will be provided in the near future.

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937