Dear Leeds is a message of hope and solidarity written in four tonnes of neon

Dear Leeds is a message of hope and solidarity written in four tonnes of neon

And that’s exactly what they did. Each decal is suspended in the air above Briggate and stands at between six and eight metres. Brightly coloured vinyl outlines the neon, so even in daylight they’re impossible to miss, and mirrored Dibond makes it look like they’re floating in the air.

They’ll play a career-spanning set that will show why they’re considered one of the finest British bands of the 21st century, from old faves like ‘Evening/Morning’ and ‘Always Like This’ to new tunes like ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake’

One way, it reads, ‘Dear Leeds, we are your people’, ‘Past, present and future’, ‘Of big smiles and bigger hearts’, ‘Stand bravely together’, then continues on to say, ‘With butterflies in our bellies’, ‘Step into the limelight’, ‘Your cobbles beneath your feet’, ‘Leeds, this is your story…’

If you’re walking the other way, you’ll begin with the same message, but follow the lights from ‘The place where you celebrate’, past ‘The dream you embrace’ and on to ‘A legacy to be proud of’, before you reach ‘The place you call home’, ‘Marching on together’, ‘Where tomorrow is ours’ and ‘This is your time, love Leeds.’ It’s a rousing speech, told in neon glory.

The messages are designed to work together or apart, and they tell a different story depending on which way you’re walking down the street

The installation is already in place, and the lights were switched on early to celebrate Light Night. Continue reading “Dear Leeds is a message of hope and solidarity written in four tonnes of neon”