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Music makes football better | Emily Pilbeam

Written by: Emily Pilbeam
Photograph by: Lee Brown
MUSIC MAKES FOOTBALL BETTER is the text, next to a photo of DJ Emily Pilbeam wearing a blue TSB Admiral shirt

Emily Pilbeam is a Leeds based DJ and, as host of BBC Music Introducing in West Yorkshire, is head scout and first team coach combined for new music in the city. You can listen to Emily’s show on Radio Leeds every Saturday from 8-10pm or whenever you like on the BBC Sounds app, and because football and music just make sense together, read her selections here in TSB.

Three tracks

Ellur — Anywhere

I am so bloody delighted to have new music from indie-pop artist Ellur! Ellur has been uploading to us since 2020 and I have been hooked on her music ever since. She writes the perfect heartbreak tunes that you wanna belt your heart out to. This latest one is just LUSH. (

Mabgate ft August Charles — Tell It How I See It

Said this a few times verbally and I’m now typing it out so it is in writing but this is my favourite track of the year so far. Mabgate are a psych-jazz trio based in Leeds and London, and I am quickly becoming a huge fan of theirs. They were in session with us a couple of weeks ago and they just blew me away. They got their mate August Charles on this tune and it just brings the track to life even more. If you’re going to listen to one thing this week it should be this tune! (

Emiyuu — Flowers

Hailing from the Merrie City, Emiyuu is a new fave addition to the Introducing uploader. Emiyuu is the alias of Emily Pool, a young DJ and Producer who has only released a couple of tunes so far and they’ve each been class. This is a perfect lil summer tune to get you in the mood for festival season.

Three Gigs

Humour — Headrow House, Friday 9th June

I LOVE this band. They released their debut single ‘yeah, mud!’ back in July last year and I played it so much it became my most played song on Spotify (or something like that) in my Spotify Wrapped. If you like your post-punk, your Protomartyr or you just like dead loud riffs ‘n’ all that comes in between, get ya’selves down to Headrow House. Three of Leeds finest bands supporting them too — Volk Soup, Dim Imagery and Cad. (

Thank — Brudenell, Wednesday 26th July

“There’s never been a good band from London,” is what Thank said on ‘Dread’ last year, and I reckon it’s probs quite a Leeds-y thing to say on a punk tune, isn’t it? They also say, “there’s never been a good band from Leeds” but we all know that is a lie. Catch this punk outfit at Brude and get down early to see Mother Said, who are one of the most fun bands I’ve seen live this year. (

Gwen Stefani — Harewood House, Tuesday 27th June

This is a lol. I am simply putting this in here because Gwen Stefani will be in Leeds and will be playing at Harewood House. Lol.


My highlight of the year was FINALLY being able to do a live show from a record store in celebration of Record Store Day! We took over The Vinyl Whistle in Headingley for RSD back in April and had a whole host of incredible live performances from Emmeline, Ellur, Mica Sefia and Kenzo Jae. I’ve wanted to do something like this for such a long time so to be able to finally do this show was a real dream and made me very, very, very happy. (

A song for… LUFC

Treeboy & Arc — Retirement

Pffffffffffft… tricky one this innit. Been holding off using this song for any of the players for a few months because of that silly little thing called hope. But that’s gone now, hasn’t it? ‘Retirement’ from Treeboy is probably aimed at all of them at this point… BUT I do still love them all. Tricky. Love this song more though. Enjoy! (

(This article is free to read from TSB magazine 2022/23 issue 08. To buy paper copies or read more, click here) ⬢


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