VIDEO: The Sherlocks will play main stage at Leeds Festival, says boss Melvin Benn

Yorkshire's latest indie chat stars The Sherlocks were today celebrating their debut album smash hit Live For The Moment with a ringing endorsement from Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn - who says they will be back playing the main stage.

The Sherlocks, who have been selling out venues all over the country, had a fairytale start to their recording career when they found out they had smashed into the charts at number six while on stage on Friday at Leeds Festival.

They popped a bottle of champagne in front of fans as they finished playing in the packed NME/Radio 1 tented stage on the first day of the festival. Watch video - CLICK HERE.

Afterwards came their own Champagne supernova moment when Oasis legend Liam Gallagher, who was playing the main stage, asked to meet them for celebratory drinks.

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BUY THE ALBUM: You can buy The Sherlocks album Live For The Moment from record stores or visit their official web site, for special signed bundles and download links, at

Today Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, promoter of Leeds and Reading Festivals, was singing the praises of The Sherlocks - saying they will be back to play the main stage.

He said: "There is no question about it.

"The response to them, actually up and down the country, has been amazing."

He added: "When we booked them we had no idea when the album was coming out and that they would be on stage at Leeds when their chart position was being announced.

Leeds and Reading Festivals boss Melvin Benn singing the praises of The Sherlocks.

"I had been getting calls from management for weeks. At first I didn't get it, then I realised. It's just great. They were hoping to get in the top 20, but they got in at number six. They are overwhelmed. It's a fantastic story for them. Another great Yorkshire band coming through. It's another fantastic story for Leeds Festival.

"And it was great that Liam Gallagher, who was also playing here, went and spent some time with them. He clearly really likes them. He's got that northern connection and great to see that inspiration of somebody like Liam going over and spending time with them. That means a lot.

"They said in a press statement this represents years of working hard and developing their craft. And I say it to bands all the time. Actually great songs are really important.They are the key to it. But if you have great songs and you don;t have the craft to deliver them, it won't work. You need both elements to it. And you don;t develop that craft without being out there at the front of an audience night after night, learning what audiences want."

Melvin, always keen to help new bands, also told how UK indie outfit Judas were booked to play the main stage this year after they stepped in to help fill a last minute cancellation last summer.

Champagne Supernova as The Sherlocks have a top 10 album chart celebration drink backstage at Leeds Festival with Oasis legend Liam Gallagher.

Kasabian, who headlined Leeds on Saturday, also started out as fans in the mosh pit and were given a huge helping hand by Leeds and Reading Festivals on their way to become now one of the world's biggest rock bands.

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The Sherlocks, two sets of Bolton On Dearne brothers brothers - frontman Kiaran and drummer Brandon Crook, guitarist Josh and bass player Andy Davidson - are the first South Yorkshire band to break into the top 10 with their debut album since the Arctic Monkeys did it 10-years ago.

They were also the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out their local iconic venue the Sheffield Leadmill.

They played Reading Festival on Sunday where Brandon told us: "Our chart position hasn't sunk in yet. Let's just say we had a few drinks with Liam Gallagher last night to celebrate, it was amazing. Thanks again to all our fans dor buying the album to make it happen and to Leeds and Reading Festivals for making this a weekend we will never forget."

The album was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios in Monmouth Wales, where Oasis, Queen, The Stone Roses and other big names have recorded some of their biggest hits and was produced by Gav Monaghan.

Live For The Moment stars The Sherlocks popping champagne to celebrate their debut top 10 chart position.

VIDEO: Watch The Sherlocks recording Live For The Moment and chatting about the album with producer Gav Monaghan at Rockfield Studios - CLICK HERE.

VIDEO: Yorkshire indie stars The Sherlocks pop champagne to celebrate debut album chart hit with fans at Leeds Festival - CLICK HERE.

With support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Mistajam and Huw Stephens, the young band following in the great tradition of guitar groups from their area.

The band have been relentlessly touring the UK ahead of the release of their debut album and dates have included joining both Kings Of Leon and Richard Ashcroft as main support on their arena tours as well as numerous festival dates. For upcoming dates see below.

The Sherlocks, who have also topped the vinyl charts with singles Will You Be There and Was It Really Worth It?, have drawn obvious comparisons from their influencers The Jam, The Clash, Arctic Monkeys but with unquenchable ambition to create their own unique sound and are already captivating new audiences.


27th August - Reading Festival

1st September – Wilkestock Festival

14th September –Newcastle, Newcastle Uni

15th September – Manchester, Manchester Academy

16th September – Nottingham, Rock City

19th September – Glasgow, O2 ABC

20th September –Bristol, SWX

21st September – Southampton, 1865

22nd September – London, Heaven

23rd September – Sheffield, O2 Academy

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1. Will You Be There

2. Live For The Moment

3. Escapade

4. Chasing Shadows

5. Blue

6. Nobody Knows

7. Was It Really Worth It

8. Turn The Clock

9. Last Night

10. Heart Of Gold

11. Motions

12. Candlelight


For more visit The Sherlocks official web site at, like them on Facebook at, follow on Twitter @TheSherlocks and Instagram on

Yorkshire's new indie chart stars The Sherlocks on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Leeds Festival - destined for the main stage, says Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn. Photo Glenn Ashley

The Sherlocks backstage with Liam Gallagher at Leeds Festival

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