“You what? You what? LEEDS!!” Maybe it’s not quite the same as the illustrious “Yorkshire” chant, but when Knife Party are closing the NME tent to a huge crowd illuminated by lasers and intense strobes and all you can hear after each drop is a crowd shouting this in their entirety, it’s somewhat memorable.
And that’s the way Leeds festival always is. If it’s not the headline acts closing the main stage it’s the nonstop partying and DJ sets that take you well into the next morning.
Showcasing another diverse line up, it was the festivals acts who remained clear of those headline slots that brought the craziest atmospheres. The Libertines were making their grand return to the festival since there performance in 2010 and Metallica were heading to Leeds with one of their most impressive stage shows to date, however it was the smaller, tighter and sweatier stages where the crowds properly kicked off.
If you were lucky enough to be walking by the NME tent on Sunday afternoon you may have heard Foals breaking into ‘My Number’ which opened their (not so) secret set. And if you’d managed to squeeze yourself in to catch Catfish and the Bottlemen’s intense performance, you’ll have witnessed one of the most mental atmospheres over the entire weekend.
Review by Jacob Flannery. Pic by Tarquin Clark