New season, new music

Music makes football better | Emily Pilbeam

Written by: Emily Pilbeam
Photograph by: Lee Brown
A photograph of Emily Pilbeam on a pale pink background, with the words 'Music Makes Football Better', because it does

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

Hannah Hu – Broken

I have such a soft spot for Hannah Hu. Hannah Hu is an artist from Bradford currently based in London. She’s worked as a session vocalist for Primal Scream and The Specials, and has been releasing her own music for a couple of years. This track Broken is just exquisite and I love it more and more with every listen. A real star. (

Claudia Fenoglio – Girlfriends on TV

A stunning new track from Claudia Fenoglio that I’ve had to stop myself from playing every single week on the show. If you’re into Julia Jacklin, Angel Olsen or Squirrel Flower, you’ll adore this track. Very excited for her EP What If I’m Here Forever to drop. (

Yard Act – The Trenchcoat Museum

Had to put this lot in, didn’t I?! The long anticipated follow-up to their debut album The Overload is a tune called The Trenchcoat Museum and it is ACE. It’s eight minutes long and is a study on ‘ego, vanity, perception and legacy’. It’s got Chemical Brothers / Beastie Boys running through it and it is a huge step up for the band. If this is anything to go by, the second album is going to be unreal. (

Three Gigs

The Walkmen – Project House, Tuesday 22nd August

Brand new music venue Project House opened in July and has already had a host of amazing acts play. I saw Boy Harsher there the week after it first opened and it was an incredible show. I absolutely have to see The Walkmen play The Rat or otherwise my life will be over. (

Leeds Festival – Bramham Park, 25th-28th August

It’s the most wonderfullllllll time, of the yeaaaaaaar. Or something like that. Buzzing to be back in the fields at the BBC Introducing stage all weekend seeing all the up and coming talent that me and my other Intro colleagues have been supporting. We’ve got rapper from Bradford Blazer Boccle on the line-up, and an alt-rock band from Leeds called L’objectif on too!

Naked Lungs – Hyde Park Book Club, Friday 15th September

I’m an absolute sucker for a loud, noisy and angry Irish punk band, and that’s exactly what Naked Lungs are. Proper my cup of tea… can’t wait to see them for the first time in September. (


My personal highlight of the summer has to be going to Glastonbury Festival for the second year in a row. And what a bloody Glastonbury it was, eh?! Ignoring the fact that I had to leave Worthy Farm a day early to get to Manchester (boo) to cover Chris Hawkins on 6Music (yay) and subsequently miss Elton John (boo), it was a bloody reyt good do. Arctic Monkeys were UNBELIEVABLE and seeing Working Mens Club – another band we’ve supported on Introducing in West Yorkshire heavily – play a belting set on the Woodsies stage was a highlight, too.

A song for… the new season

Thank – Torture Cube

That’s what the Championship is, isn’t it? A Torture Cube that we’re all stuffed in to for a season with some vain hope one day we’ll get out. In all seriousness, Thank are the Best Band From Leeds. (

(This article is free to read from TSB magazine 2023/24 issue 01. To buy paper copies or read more, click here) ⬢


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