LEEDS FESTIVAL 2016 BLOG

The Great British festival season, it comes around every year and you wonder how it can beat the last. I went to LEEDS FESTIVAL 2016 to see if it was all that it claims to be. The headliners this year included Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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One of the plus points for me about Leeds is that along with the headliners they support up and coming bands, one example of a band that has received this support is Mowbeck, they're a fairly new band on the scene from Lincolnshire.

When I arrived I was greeted by the sight of many, many tents, first task of the day was setting up our tent. Finding a space was somewhat daunting to say the least. Many people had been there since the Thursday, as I arrived on Saturday spaces were limited. We found a gap in the tents in a small area, not too far from the toilets but also not too close. Once we'd set up, it was time to explore.

The first band we saw on the main stage was Die Antwoord. Let's just say that their style of performance is quirky to say the least. They're a South African rave group who featured in the film Chappie. Check them out on YouTube.

Next on the list, CHVRCHES, they've risen to fame since forming in 2011. Lauren, Ian and Martin managed to keep the crowd going throughout the rain, lots of it as well. The infamous mud also appeared, and it appeared good and proper.

We took shelter under the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage, cleverly timed for Twenty One Pilots. They put on a good show that involved all the hits and some of their lesser know ones. There was even a sneaky cover of house of pain - jump around.

As the rain continued I battled through and went to see the remainder of Foals’ set. I've been a fan of Foals for quite a while but have never seen them live so to see them at Leeds was an experience.

After Foals had finished we watched half of Disclosure’s set, by this time I was ready to call it a night, my poncho had seen better days and my wellingtons were doing a better job of keeping the mud in than keeping it out.

If you're interested in catching up on the performances you can check them out on BBC iPlayer. All in all it was a good day, with some great music. I'd strongly recommend going to Leeds Festival for the experience.

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