Leeds was incredible. Honestly, there just aren’t words to describe what a fun time we had this year,, not only did we get to see some of the biggest acts around from all genres of music, but (I) got to interview Papa Roach!
Festivals aren’t just about the music and they always start, (if you are staying for the weekend), with the joys of pitching a tent. Luckily for us, we were in the Guest Camp site, slightly quieter, much cleaner, less muddy and closer to the main stage. Unluckily though it was a trek from the car park, after picking our spot, our tents and bags carried by the lovely Festival helpers, we set about the task of erecting our homes for the weekend.
Of course the moment we began the heavens opened and the rains fell, the wind also howled, well it wouldn’t be a festival otherwise right? the problem was, as much as we loved this tent, it was not made for the rain and by the time darkness fell it was raining inside the tent as well as outside. Moving to the smaller, more sensible tent was a must and the disappointment was heartfelt.
It was short lived though, because LEEDS FEST!!!
Thursday was filled with DJ sets in the woods and all night parties, more about this and the amazing dance acts that performed at Leeds will be coming soon.
After the tent disaster and a night of dance music, this editor was ready for some good old fashion rock and metal music.
Papa Roach is up there with the top performers of the weekend and if you would like to read more about them and catch our interview with them, then click here.
Blink – 182
A band that is a favourite for many music fans, they first appeared at Leeds in 1999 and have been headliners before in 2010. This year Travis, Tom and Mark quite literally set the stage alight with flames as they belted out some of their most loved and popular tunes.
It was a privilege to see such legends of punk-pop perform ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘The Rock Show’, the crowd gleefully singing along!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One of the hottest acts around in the UK today, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were as amazing as their music would suggest. Performing live with their much loved hits such as ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Can’t Hold Us’ as well as ‘Same Love’. It was an incredible set and the crowd was absolutely electrified. We even spotted a few thrift shop buys in the way of full length faux fur coats!
A few new names
As well as well known acts, there were more than a few that were new to us and that we are now downloading albums and finding more out about as we write this!
Tonight Alive –
Hailing from Australia Tonight Alive were amazing and really energetic on stage and well worth checking out. It was a really exciting set!
Another fantastic band that helped launch the festival on Friday and received a great reception. Their latest single ‘I Want Out’ went down a storm and is a hint of what is to come with their album release. It was great to see such brilliant home grown talent, bright things are definitely in their future.
There is much more to talk about when it comes to Leeds & Reading this year, but it would be unfair to cram it all into one post, so watch this space for more!