Leeds Festival: Bramham Park, 23-25th August 2013

Leeds Festival once again opens its gates to the festival massive, as usual paired with Reading there’ll be a lot to take on board with its massive line up that could make the hardest of music lovers drool with excitement. Having added more rock, dance and urban acts to 2013 there is definitely something for everyone. So grab your tent, warm cider and poncho and let’s head to the front and amuse yourself with our picks for Leeds festival 2013.

Friday plays host to an eclectic bunch, with Biffy Clyro headlining on the main stage, there’s pretty much a female takeover on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage with Azealia Banks, Haim and AlunaGeorge and Charli XCX over on the Radio 1 Dance stage. This year the Lock Up is the Friday Rock stage with the Enter Shikari Presents Enter Shikari Sound System and a line-up that includes Gallows, Hawkeyes and Arcane Roots. The Festival Republic Stage host amongst others Spector is headlining, with Chapel Club and Pure Love backing them up. The BBC 1Xtra will hold no bounds as it’s sure to hit the roof with Ms Dynamite, Ghostpoet and David Rodigan MBE on the bill.

Whilst there’ll be no time to rest our sore heads (yes we’ve been to Leeds before and know the drill) here’s our choices for the Saturday. Festival favourites Green Day headline the main stage with local boys Bring Me The Horizon and While She Sleeps further down the bill, over on the Lock Up there’s Feed The Rhino, so yes it’s time to rock out with your cock out. Deap Vally and Bastile play nicely on the NME/Radio 1 stage with Skillrex headlining. If dance is a bit more your thing then the Radio 1 Dance stage has Sub Focus and Fenech-Soler whilst over on the BBC 1Xtra has the immense Toddla T Sound on the takeover.

It’s always a shame when all good things come to an end, that’s usually the feeling on Sunday but there’s Eminem and Foals on the Main stage, Leeds fellas ALT-J, Johnny Marr and those of the well rehearsed dance routine Darwin Deeze on the NME/BBC Radio1 stage. Festival Republic stage has Sheffielder’s Drenge, Manchester’s The 1975 and British Sea Power at the helm. There’s chance to skank it up with Sonic Boom Six on the Lock Up and if you’ve not tired of dancing to much then A-Trak hits the Dance stage and Broke’n’£nglish hit up BBC 1Xtra.

There’s always chance to catch the BBC Introducing stage as well, which is always a great place to stop and watch what could be the next big thing.

Leeds Festival is one of those institutions when it comes to a weekend of celebrating music, friends and the end of the summer. Here’s the low down:

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Location: Bramham Park Leeds

How to get to site: There are frequent shuttle buses from Leeds City Centre. If you’re driving then follow the festival signs or take one of the many coaches.

Beer Prices/ Selection: Usual festival selection of beers, ciders and spirits. There are plenty of bars around the festival site and in the village too.

Campsite: More like a camp city with several different suburbs. What is great about this is that the campsites are so big they are a festival unto themselves, with pop up ravey disco DJ sets, silent discos, and fun fairs, all separate to the main arena. All you need to remember is where you parked your tent.

Clientele: Leeds has been trying to brush off its shady reputation from years gone by and has done a good job. There’s a mix of people in attendance from boisterous teens, to consummate festival goers and those just there for certain bands.

Acts that have played before: Pulp, Elbow, Foo Fighters, Crystal Castles and Prodigy.

Other stuff to do: This year there’s a 5-a-side football tournament and Rebel Bingo as well as the usual silent disco, human carwash and campsite DJ’s.

Ticket Prices: £210.50 for a weekend ticket, around £97 for a day ticket, all including booking fee. More information can be found on the Leeds Festival website.

Security Staff: Leeds is on the mark when it comes to security, professional and helpful always with a smile but when it’s called for business then they’re on form.

Toilets: As with a festival of this size things can get a bit messy. Remember to bring alcohol gel and toilet wipes just in case.

Summary: This is one of the UK’s biggest festivals paired with Reading the acts alternate between the two festivals over the weekend. It is common practice for the bands to play the crowds off against each other, with a bit of banter, which really amps up the atmosphere. Leeds is one of the more expensive festivals on the map, but the selection of bands across the stages is top notch. There is a great comedy tent for those wanting to sit and chill a fairground area for those with a daredevil streak and this year boasts a 5-a-side football tournament for the more athletic amongst us. There’s a range of different foods available over the site and in the village too, alongside the usual festival amenities. Music wise there’s a range of indie, rock and dance with new up and coming bands as well as those festival stalwarts you’d expect from a festival of this size.

Leeds 2012 was a blast for us, read it here if you aren’t convinced 2013 will be the same, if not better.

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