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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 Leeds & Sheffield, 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 Thursday from 8-10pm or whenever you like on the BBC Sounds app, and now going national, as new host of the BBC Music Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music. And because football and music just make sense together, read her selections here in TSB.


Three Tracks



Leeds collective HONESTY have just dropped a brilliant record called BOX and it must be listened to immediately. HONESTY create exquisite, dark and brooding electronic music made for the end of a night. Their track ‘Cease’ is an example of them at their best.



Emmeline — LGIK

Emmeline is a hidden gem in the music industry, starting off as a poet and moving into writing music a few years ago. I’ve been shouting about Emmeline since she started uploading to us (especially last year when she released ‘The Dance’ — one of my fav releases of last year!) and I will continue to shout about her until the end of time. This new one is KILLER.



Vehicle — Fancyman

I simply can’t get enough of the debut single from Vehicle. Vehicle are a rock band who describe this track as “heavy Kinks with an evil Ray Davies”. If that can’t convince you to listen to the tune I don’t know what will.


Three Gigs


Home Counties — Headrow House, Friday 10th May

After a bit of fun on a Friday night? Get yourself down to Headrow House to see Home Counties. Think Confidence Man and LCD Soundsystem and you’re in the right ball-park. Their debut album Exactly As It Was is all killer no filler. I will be there with bells on.



In Colour — Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May

In Colour Festival makes a much anticipated return with an excellent line-up of up-and-coming alternative bands. Saturday is headlined by weird post-punk / electro-punk band Snapped Ankles who are always wild live, and Sunday is headlined by alt-rock band Do Nothing. All of the bands on the rest of the bill are worth watching so you better be there ALL day.



Live At Leeds In The Park — Temple Newsam, Saturday 25th May

It’s another all-day festival for you as we edge ever closer to summer. Live At Leeds In The Park is back and will host a variety of indie legends, from The Cribs to The Kooks, to White Lies and Future Islands, and the up and comers Sprints, Antony Szmierek and Good Neighbours.




A personal highlight for me quite obviously has to be getting my very own show on the prestigious BBC Radio 6 Music. It’s been a dream of mine to host a show on 6 Music for so long that I still can’t quite believe it’s happened. But it has, and I am delighted. (Click here to listen)

Also, a highlight for me was watching English Teacher FINALLY release their long anticipated debut album This Could Be Texas. They’ve worked so hard for this and to see them reach the bloody Top Ten in the UK Album Charts was special. I’m so proud of them. Listen to their record. ⬢

(This post is free to read from The Square Ball magazine season 34 issue 8. Click here to read more)


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