World Island reveals huge first acts for their 2018 line-up

Eclectic music festival World Island has announced plans to return to Leeds next year following last year’s inaugural event, with an impressive line-up including Mercury and BRIT award winners and nominees.

The three-dayer, which took place in the ornate surroundings of Leeds Town Hall last year, has moved to a bigger venue for 2018; a warehouse space on Globe Road in the up-and-coming South Bank area, previously host to last year’s Oktoberfest weekenders and Transform’s experimental theatre festival.

BRIT Breakthrough-nominee Sampha, whose debut album Process won the 2017 Mercury Prize, is headlining the first day of this year’s festival, followed by follow Breakthrough and Best Male Solo Male nominee Loyle Carner on day two. They’ll be joined by a live set from Nightmares on Wax, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gilles Peterson, Ibibio Sound Machine, and more across the weekend.

As well as more additions to the main line-up, organisers Super Friendz are working on a series of free auxiliary gigs and after parties at partner venues Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. Belgrave will also be using their Belgrave Feast contacts to curate a line-up of street food traders from all over the country to feed punters over the course of the weekend.

Single day and weekend tickets are on sale from 9am on Wednesday 17 January, available from, Seetickets, Crash, Jumbo, Resident Advisor, and Ticketarena. For more details and the full line-up head to the World Island website.