A true festival if ever there was, forget your boutiques and family friendly varieties, Leeds festival is back like a boss. As always there’s an eclectic line-up full of rock, indie, dance and urban music to fill the wellies of any festival goer. The full ine-up can be seen here, but these are some of our picks for the weekend
Headliners Blink-182, fill our bag on the opening night, we’ll be tearing it up at the front repeatedly asking ‘what’s my age again?’ whilst over on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage Disclosure return for the second year this time in pole position. Having wowed the crowds last year the brothers Lawrence are set to repeat this with a great live show. The NME/BBC Radio 1 stage also plays host to The 1975, The Horrors and The Kooks, whilst over on the Lock Up there’s the likes of Letlive, Baby Godzilla and Every Time I Die. Festival Republic has Augustines headlining, with supports including The Sunshine Underground and Saint Raymond amongst others.
Fridays pick: The Sunshine Underground
We’re in for a treat with double headliners, Leeds favourites Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age, but we’re looking forward to Blood Red Shoes. Temples and Drenge are our choices over on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage and whilst over on the BBC Radio 1 Dance stage we’ll be getting down to Annie Mac. Jimmy Eat World, Slaves and Brody Dalle are taking our fancy on the Lock Up and whilst Palma Violets take over Festival Republic we’re looking forward to seeing our pals Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Orwells. Giggs big up the 1Xtra massive, though it ain’t no festival with the squire David Rodgian MBE.
Saturdays pick: Catfish and the Bottlemen
Whilst we hate the final day, as it’s back to reality the following morning, there’s still loads of keep us busy with the fizzy. Arctic Monkeys headline the main stage, though further down the line-up there’s The Hives, Peace and Pulled Apart By Horses. Chvches, Don Broco and Royal Blood are on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage whilst the Dance stage comes to a close with a mighty Pendulum DJ set. The Lock Up becomes The Pit with the likes of Marmozets and Architects ripping it a new one whilst Festival Republic is crammed with amongst others Wolf Alice, We Are Scientists and Band of Skulls. Kicking it back at the 1Xtra we bid Leeds farewell with the likes of Tempa T, Krept & Konan and Pusha T.
Sundays pick: The Hives
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:
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: 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: There’s the comedy tent, fun fair and late night raves, what more do you want?!
Ticket Prices: £213 for a weekend ticket, around £99.50 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. Though there are luxury toilets to revolutionise your festival experience, it pays if you get a bit shy in the portaloos, costing £30 for the weekend you can immerse yourself in hot running water and do your business in a relaxing manner.
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 2013 was a blast for us, read it here if you aren’t convinced 2014 will be the same, if not better.