English Teacher, Rina Sawayama, Becky Hill and more – Day 1 @ Leeds Festival 2023

Photo of English Teacher live at Leeds Festival 2023 (Gary Mather)

English Teacher live at Leeds Festival 2023 (Gary Mather)

English Teacher played Leeds’ Festival Republic Stage.

English Teacher, Rina Sawayama and Becky Hill are among our highlights from the first day of Leeds Festival 2023.

English Teacher were there after starting this month with the news that they have signed to Island Records – an announcement which came with a brand new single entitled The World’s Biggest Paving Slab.

“I wrote and recorded the demo in my bedroom in one day, during my final year of university in 2018,” Lily Fontaine said.

Moving to a city for university forced me to reflect on how my experience of growing up in and around Pendle, how witnessing the social, economic and political issues that exist around there in juxtaposition with the beauty of the landscape and the characters that live within in it, has shaped me into the artist and person that I am.

“These semi-rural stories leak into most of my writing; in particular, this song tackles delusions of grandeur and inferiority from the perspective of a small town’s local celebrities. It’s split into two halves.”

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