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I was a festival newbie, last year (2010). It was my first Leeds Festival and my parents were anxious about letting me go. My brother had been going for a few years and I think him being there reassured them that I'd be ok. I took the train there with a friend on the thursday and I'm glad I packed relatively lightly. people were struggling with suitcases and tents and we just had hiking bags and we managed to get to the gate fairly quickly. The staff were really friendly and we weren't as searched as we thought we'd be.
We were camped in yellow, my brother and his friends had early birds so he took our tents (again; a really wise decision) and quickly got settled into our campsite. The range of stalls available when the arena was closed were really good. There was a wide selection of really good quality food and supplies incase you needed something in the night. There were a fair amount of facilities available including a medical tent, lockers, showers and more. The food in the arena was just as good followed by more interesting stalls and a fair ground.
The bands and acts (including comedians and DJs) were all wonderful and the running order was very well run. The atmosphere was incredible all day and all night. All the festival goers seemed to want to help each other out. There was a real sense of community.
Advice: dont take your own food, take at least £60 spending money, pack light and take an old phone and simm card.
A Yearly Thing
Leeds Festival is something that my friends and I have been going to for the past four years, and it has always been greatly enjoyed by all of us. It is our festival of choice not only because it is so close to our hometown of York, but also because we have always been impressed with the line up of bands and other acts.
What is Leeds Festival?
Leeds Festival is a music festival that is paired with the Reading Festival which takes place during the same weekend. Reading Festival is the more senior and has been going since 1971 whereas its Northern counterpart was only introduced in 1999. The two festivals take part on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend and the line-ups feature the same acts. Tickets can be purchased to attend the festival for either the full weekend or just one of the particular days.
Leeds Festival takes place in Bramham Part which is near Wetherby, although for the first few years it was at Temple Newsam. The festival's line-up features mainly musical acts including popular bands and artists as well as some new and unsigned acts. Comedy acts, DJ sets and cabaret also feature on the line-up. Most of the bands and artists tend to be of the rock, indie, and punk genre rather than pop and the like.
Please Don't Stop the Music
Obviously the main aspect of this music festival is well...music, and Leeds Festival has several stages within the arena, each one slightly different.
The Main Stage shows the more well known and popular acts. It is an outdoor stage and is the biggest of all the stages. Some of the acts who I've been lucky enough to see perform on the main stage over the years are Blink-182, Bloc Party, The Killers, Dizzee Rascal, Lost Prophets, Queens of the Stone Age, Razorlight, Guns N Roses, Fall Out Boy, The Fratellis, Tenacious D, and The Arctic Monkeys.
The NME/Radio One Stage shows slightly less popular acts and offers a good alternative to the acts that are playing on the main stage. This stage is in a tent and despite the fact that less popular bands are often shown here, I do feel that sometimes bands that are too well known are put in this tent which leads to it being massively over crowded with people having to stand outside and listen. Some of the fantastic bands I have seen on the Radio One stage are Mumford & Sons, Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly, The Wombats, and a personal highlight for me; The Cribs.
The Festival Republic Stage shows lesser known acts as well as some new and breakthrough artists. I haven't seen many bands perform on this stage but I have seen a few including Elliot Minor and All Time Low.
The BBC Introducing Stage shows unsigned and mostly unknown or little known acts. I personally have never seen any bands on this stage as there have always been acts that I know and like performing on the bigger stages.
The Alternative Tent features comedy acts, cabaret, and sometimes DJs. Again I don't normally watch acts on this stage as I prefer to see the live music instead, but I have been to the alternative tent a couple of times and seen a few comedians.
The Lock Up Stage runs for two out of the three festival days and normally shows punk and hardcore bands. Less Than Jake and Alkaline Trio are examples of the kinds of bands which I've seen on the Lock Up stage over the years.
One of the three days, The Dance Stage is available instead on The Lock Up Stage. This shows dance music acts. I'm not really into dance music as much but I have been to this stage a couple of times and seen Crystal Castles and Deadmau5.
The range of stages on offer means that there is normally something for everyone to watch throughout most of the afternoon/evening. The bands and acts normally start around 12pm, with the headlining acts finishing at about 10:30pm. This is good as it means there is plenty of time left in the evening to do other things, and the bands aren't starting too early in the day for those who have maybe had a late night and/or a bit too much to drink the night before.
Apart from the acts I mentioned above I have been lucky enough to see many more of my favourite artists over the last few years at Leeds Festival.
Part of the festival experience is normally the few days of camping, unless of course you decide to purchase a day ticket rather than a weekend one. Even though the festival only runs from Friday to Sunday, we also purchase an 'Early Bird' ticket which entitles us access to the campsite on the Wednesday. We get there on the Wednesday morning and normally leave on the Monday morning so it ends up being almost a week of living in a tent. By the end of the week we are left feeling pretty disgusting but it's worth it for the amazing time we will have no doubt had.
There are about six different camping areas that are all named by colour. It is worth getting there early so that you can pick a good spot, as it starts to fill up really quickly. There is normally a group of about 12 of us and we make sure we get there nice and early so that we can set up a gazebo with all our tents around it.
Each camping area has sinks and toilets, although the toilets are absolutely revolting. I have nearly been sick so many times when going even near the toilets, especially a few days into the festival when they have been used many times. Even thinking about it now makes me shudder!
Apart from that small issue, for me the camping is nearly as fun as seeing the bands.
What Happens When the Music Stops?
So as I said, the music normally ends at around 10:30pm and doesn't start again until the following day at noon. This leaves us with all evening to entertain ourselves. The festival has various things on an evening such as the silent disco, which is a disco where everyone listens to the music that's playing via headphones rather than it being played out loud through speakers. There is also several other parties and raves on an evening, as well as a fairground and some shops. Even without all these things going on we are sometimes happy just to have a camp fire, play some music and drinking games and just generally have a laugh together.
Don't Pack the Kitchen Sink
Every year the amount of stuff that I've taken to Leeds Festival has gradually become less and less as I've learnt what is important to take and what is unnecessary. When you arrive on the festival you will get directed to a car park, of which there are several. The car park you get directed to varies depending on how they have decided to organise things and how early or late you arrive. For us we like to camp in a certain spot which is right near the main arena and is always a lively area. What I'm basically saying is that because we know where we want to camp, yet we have no control over where we park the cars, we have normally had to walk for about half an hour from car to camping spot with all our luggage. This is a good reason to not take too much stuff as that walk can be horrendous. Obviously we can take two or three trips but this takes a while and we'd rather just get everything set up and start enjoying the festival. The most important things I take are:
Tent-kind of goes without saying, I don't want to sleep on the grass.
Sleeping bag/duvet-I used to take a sleeping bag but now I buy a cheap duvet from Tesco or Asda as they come rolled up and easy to carry and I then leave it there at the end of the festival. When I've taken a sleeping bag in the past it has come home ruined from mud and the smell of bonfires.
Cooking Stove-I don't even take one of these, but a few of my friends do. Personally I just think it's more to carry so I just take food that doesn't need cooking and buy a few warm meals there. The rules seem to change every year on gas canisters etc so if you're planning on taking something to cook food on make sure you check whether it is permitted first.
Chair-This might seem unnecessary but camping chairs fold away really well so they're not difficult to carry and they're definitely a good things to have if the ground is wet and muddy.
Air bed-I didn't take an air bed last year which was bearable but I definitely think I will go back to bringing an air bed this year. When deflated it doesn't take up too much space and definitely provides a better nights sleep than without!
Torch-This is very useful for night time toilet trips and trying to locate items within the tent when it's dark.
Food/drink-it's a lot cheaper to bring some food and drink rather than buying it all there. As I said I don't cook anything there so I normally take things like cereal bars, fruit, and crisps. I also take any alcohol that I want with me as it is ridiculously expensive there.
Clothes-I used to take way too many clothes to Leeds Fest when there's just no point. Now I just make sure I take some clothes for hot weather as it is in August as well as a few hoodies or jackets as it can often be freezing on an evening.
Wellies-An essential for an English festival! It has poured it down with rain a couple of times over the last few years and I have been very glad of my wellies. It can be worth taking a pair of other shoes as well in case it is hot all weekend.
Dry shampoo/deodorant/baby wipes-These things help me feel slightly less disgusting when camping for several days, especially baby wipes as even just quickly using them on my face feels refreshing.
I'm sure most people reading this have been camping before and a lot of the items I have listed will be common sense. Also I have probably forgotten something super important from this list...
It's not too important if we forget to take something as it can be bought once we're there it just means paying more.
Tickets and Prices
The ticket prices have been going up steadily every year but last year it was tickling on £200 for a weekend ticket-I think it was £185 plus booking fees. The Early Bird ticket was an extra £15 so all together it was just over £200. This year it will probably have gone up again by £5-£10. I've never purchased a day ticket but I think they're about £80 per day. I think this is pretty good value for money, so long as you like the sound of the line-up and enjoy the camping aspect if you're purchasing a weekend ticket.
I would normally pay about £30 to go and see a band that I like, and during a typical Leeds Fest weekend I normally see about 12 bands that I wanted to see anyway. To see them separately could cost over £300, and that's not to mention the fact that I have an amazing time camping with my friends too.
Tickets tend to come on sale in March (this year it's going to be March 21st according to a couple of websites) and the line-up is announced just before the tickets are available to buy. They tend to sell out quite quickly, so it's worth trying to get one as soon as they come on sale. The main trusted sources for buying tickets are www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.seetickets.co.uk, and www.hmv.co.uk.
Although the official line-up doesn't come out until just before the tickets go on sale, there are always many rumours prior to this about who is going to be playing at the festival. A lot of these rumours tend to end up being true; some of the 2011 rumours so far include Muse, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes and Pulp.
Highs & Lows
I have some fantastic memories to take away from the last four Leeds Festivals, as well as a few not so great!
My highlight from the whole four years has to be seeing Blink-182 last year as they're my all time favourite band and I listened to them constantly throughout my teenage years (and still do now.) It is the first time I've had chance to see them live and they didn't disappoint my high expectations; they were hilarious, played fantastically, and I subsequently bought tickets to see them twice again this year during their arena tour.
Luckily the not so great memories are very few but the main thing for me has to be the toilets. As much as I look forward to the festival I do always dread those disgusting toilets but there's not much that I can do about them I suppose.
Only one year out of the last four years has been awful weather, and although we still had a great time it definitely ruined the experience slightly that we were soaking wet and cold all weekend! Having said that it was extremely muddy which was great fun.
Food and Drink
Several stalls and vans are at the festival, selling various food and drink. Like with most events like this, it is very overpriced and not of a particularly high quality but as I said we tend to take quite a bit of food with us. We do buy some of it there though and the food on offer includes burgers, hotdogs, chips, giant filled Yorkshire puddings, pizza, and noodles. Most of the food vans and stalls sell soft drinks and there is a bar in the main area which sells overpriced lager and cider. There is a supermarket at the festival also which again is very expensive and sells general food items such as bread and cereal and other essentials like toilet roll.
As I said we take a lot of food and drink with us to save money, but there is also a shuttle bus that runs from the festival to a nearby Tesco which we sometimes take advantage of if we run out of food or drink (mainly alcohol.)
If you've never been to Leeds Festival I would 100% recommend it if you enjoy rock/indie/punk music and don't mind living rough for a few days! Of course you can always buy a day ticket if you enjoy the music but camping isn't your thing.
The Leeds Festival site (Bramham Park) can be accessed via the A64 (travelling eastbound only as there is no access if travelling westbound.) There is car parking on site and this cost is included in ticket prices.
If travelling by train then there are shuttle buses running from Leeds City Centre train centre to the festival.
The site address is:
If you are going then the official website www.leedsfestival.co.uk has lots of useful info including a list of which items are prohibited from the grounds (such as glass bottles.)
Please also remember if you're going to the festival (or any festival for that matter) to never leave any valuables or money unattended in your tent.
See you at Leeds Fest 2011!
Leeds festival is slowly creeping up on Glastonberry as the festival to go to, It is a music lovers dream, The perfect music festival to go to if its your first time. Showcasing the best bands around, The tickets are not cheap but its totally worth it in the end, The festival camp sites are full of people looking for a good time and probably for people to talk about music too. It was my first time last year and it was the best weekend of my life, Not only did i watch some of my favourite bands but i met alot of people i still keep intouch with and who i am meeting this year at Leeds Festival. There are a few hundred bands on, varying from indie rock to hip hop to folk, so theres something there for everyone. They have a full fair there which is always a laugh well unless you have had to much to eat.
Leeds Festival is from the 28th-30th August, Tickets are around £180.
The Leeds Festival (along with its sister, the Reading Festival) has had some AMAZING headlining acts since it began, including The Foo Fighters, Muse and QOTSA amongst many other groups. The festival has had a mixture of bands from many genres, including punk, metal, indie and dance. It comes around every year and plays over a weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I have to admit, I have been to the Leeds Festival twice now and I absolutly loved the music and the atmosphere - it is undescribable beyond words. The little stalls were always a bit of fun to look through, and the food was actually rather scrummy! There was plenty of entertainment around the festival too, so there was always a lot of things to do and see for everybody who was there. I prefered to go to the Leeds Festival with my friends as it was closer to where we lived, compared to driving up to Reading.
The first year I went, I had an amazing experience - we found a very nice spot to pitch up our tent with, and had no hassles regarding theft or not getting along with people nearby. On the very last night however, we noticed that whilst in our tent, outside seemed to be particularly rowdy and heard a lot of 'bangs'. To be honest, we thought that this was to be expected and slept the night away in order to drive back home the next day. When we woke up the next morning to pack up our tent, we noticed a lot of burnt areas of destruction around the camp area....seeing as nothing really happened to us, we left the Leeds Festival a very happy bunch of people who had an amazing time! Due to this experience, I didn't hesitate going to the festival again the year after with more of my friends. This was, unfortunatly, where the real problems began.
Had I realised that the Leeds Festival had a bit of a 'past' regarding riots and mayhem, I would had thought twice about going to Leeds and would have gone to the Reading Festival instead. Anyway, I made my way to the Leeds Festival for the second time with a bunch of friends from home and uni (there were around 9 of us) and once again, we had an absolutly mind blowing experience in regards to the atmosphere, company and of course, the wide variety of music! Unlike last time however, we had to settle for pitching our tent on the top of a hill, where at the bottom there was a small fair and several food and beer tents. Ah well, I figured, we will probably be up for most nights anyway!
Anyway, after watching the amazing Foo Fighters on the final night of the festival (on a Sunday), we made our way back to our tents. We automatically felt that this night felt different from the other nights...many people made fires around the site (which was against the rules) and we could hear a lot of shouting and loud bangs. Unfortunatly for us, somebody nearby had made a small fire. Although it was under control (from what I could see), some random drunk idiot with a small suitcase suddenly popped out of nowhere and threw his suitcase into the fire. Oh dear. Before we knew what was even happening, there was a loud explosion and before we knew it, there was a lot of confusion and mayhem. One of my best friends and my partner ended up getting their faces completly burnt off by an exploding gas canister (which must had been in the suitcase) and in a panic I had to take them to the First Aid Tent and wanted to complain to somebody about what had happened. It ended up being a very traumatic experince, on the way to the tent there was a bunch of riot police going around the festival. By the time I eventually came out of the First Aid tent an hour or so afterwards, I realised that there was a huge chance that the beer tent at the bottom of the hill was going to explode, as there was rioting and people pulling down electricity poles right next to it. In a daze, myself and our friends had to pack up our gear in the complete darkness and had to make our way to our cars (a huge task in itself when we were people down) so that we could make our way to the nearest hospital to see how our injured friends were doing. That was probably one of the most terrying experiences I have ever encountered in my life. One of them is now sueing the festival organisers (many people were injured that year, including one person who lost sight in one of his eyes by an explosion). The other isn't, as he found the experience too emotionally draining and wanted to forget that the explosion ever happened.
To cut a long story short, my friend and partner were extremely lucky not to have plastic surgery on their faces. My other friends suffered from the experience, and I for one would NEVER go back to the Leeds Festival (well, not for a very long time anyway). The security was absolutly dismal and I have lost faith completly in the festival organisation. If I was to ever go back to a Carling Festival, I would actually prefer to drive further and make my way to Reading rather than Leeds. As well as this, I would prefer to go back home straight after the last act on the last night instead of staying for the extra night. The risks just aren't worth it now to be quite honest.
Its such a shame that such a good weekend has to be spoilt by stupid idiots at the Leeds Festival. The organisers have some serious work to do if they want to avoid innocent people getting injured, their security has to be tightened up and they have to ensure that people cannot get away making fires that they are not supposed to do in the first place.
OVERALL: If you want to experience some of the amazing acts playing and the festival experience, then I will fully recommend going to Reading rather than Leeds. Had I found out that the location of the Leeds Festival had to be moved due to rioting (the year before my first trip to the festival, told to be by a hospital nurse who was treating my friend), then I would had thought twice of going. The Carling Festival itself is brilliant and the headliners just keep on getting better year after year. Just don't let the lack of security spoil your fun :o( Oh yes, ticket prices have also rocketed so if you want to go, be quick before the tickets get sold for stupid amounts of money on Ebay.
Leeds festival, the sister to Reading festival, a yearly event that happens at both of these venues. Containing amazing headliners that play both festivals over August bank holiday every year!
Myself, I have always been interested in Leeds festival due to its variety in music. I have a wide taste in music and Leeds/Reading never fail to produce an amazing lineup each year!
Whats so amazing then?:
-Meeting new people and having festival buddies for life
-Huge amounts of different genre music being played.
-The after hours entertainment is great
Leeds is more preffered to me as 1. Its closer to where I live and 2. The after hours lisence is longer, meaning the music can be louder and can go on till the arly hours of the morning (4am-6am) unlike reading due to its location.
The typical ticket price goes up about £5-£10 each year and this year I think its about £150 for a ticket excluding booking fees and such. These are hard to get hold of however due to the sheer popularity of the festival. This year (2008) i believe it sold out in 1 hour, for both sites!
Id really recommend this festival to everyone, just for the expierience, its out of this world and I cant wait to work there this year:)
did anyone els think that the toilet burning on the last night of the leeds festival was a bit extreme?....I myself watched as thugs from the city centre stormed through the gates to create a riot on the yellow and red campsites. my tent was also a victim of the mindless violence and foul activity launched upon us by the morons in tracksuits swinging their bottles of cider as they watched mine and many other tents burn in the havok. i was very upset about my tent as were many others who had had their tents burned to the ground. other nightmare events of the fatefull monday night included the criplling of one young girl by a watchtower being tipped onto her upper torso. and a really drunk man falling out of a burning toilet who obviously will be scarred for life. I feel the question we must ask ourselves as festival goers is did this go to far? did the ritualistic burning of possetions and buildings dampen the relativley free atmosphere of the festival? if so then i belive we should try to make an effort to keep people sane next year and stop the angst ridden teenagers from venting their parent hating anger on the property of others!
If you are going to go to a festival this year make it Leeds. I have been to Leeds three of the last 4 years, and everytime is differnt! Everytime is excellent! Every year you have new experiences from the previous year. The bands are always of the highest quality, from the sterephonics to the verve to blink 182 and limp biskit! there are bands to suit everyones tastes and people to suit everyone's tastes. Everyone is friendly and everyone is there to have a good time! Unlike Glastonbury there is no stealing! The facilities are of the highest standard , there is plenty of room for everyone in the campsites, and the campsites are of a generally good quality. Most sites are near enough to the actual venue, so it's easy to come in and out of the arena. All in all Leeds is the place to be, but don't just take my word for it go this year and join in the fun!
A lot of people say that the Leeds festival is just a lesser quality Reading but this years will take some beating. The second leg of the Carling weekend saw bands like Blink 182, Stereophonics, Oasis, Foo fighters and Slipknot descend on Leeds for three days. To name all the bands would take forever but the quality was outstanding. The only real disapointment was Eminem being unable to play due to legal reasons, but nobody let this spoil anything, with everybody there to enjoy themselves. The whole weekend was brilliant and the reality of actually seeing bands live on stage after years of listening to their records and reading interviews is an unforgetable experience. The Temple Newsham site is a lot bigger than I expected but the stages were a lot smaller and the actual distance from you and the band at the front was only a few metres. It is about 2 miles from Leeds city and there was a constant stream of shuttle buses taking people too and from. There were about five different tents and stages with dance and comedy adding to the variety. Although the dance tent was never brilliant the comedy tent gave a good place to go when you wanted to see something different and the acts were mostly good. During the days the bands started about 12am giving you time to recover from the lack of sleeping, then ended at around 10pm. The fields for camping in were a good walk away from the main area but you could hear the bands from the tent. At the end of the day everyone walked back to their tents at the same time making it very busy, taking ages to get back. There was range of different stalls and food on offer but it was expensive and although nice, I think its better to take a lot of your own. No bottles or cans were alowed into the band area so you were forced to buy drinks in there at about £1.50. It tried its hardest to rain and things got very muddy but it never managed to spoil the weekend and just made you even happier when the s
un came out. There was a great layed back atmosphere and everyone got along. The nights were the funniest and as long as you had enough to drink you stayed up until well into the morning. All the bands were excellent and if you didn't like one there was always something else to do. Highlights for me were the brilliant sets from Foo fighters and Blink 182 and there were loads of new bands to check out. The whole weekend cost about £150 with £70 of that going on the ticket. You could have easily spent twice that amount but it still would have been worth it.
What a Nightmare Buildup! 2 days before the saturday (which was my only day as i didn't rate the other lineups) Eminem pulls out. He was 1/3rd of the reason i was going and then he can't go. Then it's forecast as thunderstorms and sure enough it rained for like 36 hours in a row. So I was not looking forward to it at all. But am i glad i went! The remaining bands were (mostly) great and, despite the rain, it was a fun day and a good experience. There were bad bits : The rain, the downpour about 8.00 (i was semi-dry until then), paying £38 for it (a con really), no eminem, and slipknot. In fact the worst bit was slipknot. They were pants. I'd heard they were great to watch but they weren't. They just shouted away, knocked some bins over, had a little scuffle and that was it. Oh, and they shouted insults at the crowd. Which everyone where i was standing (on the hill) was not impressed with at all, and proceeded to tell them where to go. On the flip side of slipknot (urgh), were blink-182. They made jokes between every song - taking the mick out of the germans and making us brits sound great - perfect! Stereophonics were also great with some nice video work, and respect goes to placebo for playing during a storm and drowning out the thunder (although not the 'Ooooos' from the crowd during the lightning), and to Daphne and Celeste for being bottled. And the memory of standing under a camping mat with my girlfriend to keep the rain off will stay with me forever. So was it worth going? Yes, definetly. The Great bands on show (i.e. everyone but slipknot) were worth braving the weather, and there was a fun defiant attitude amongst the (wet) crowd. But it wasn't worth £38, although i would have paid that to not have slipknot. How they billed above Rage and Blink-182 I shall never understand. Masked Fools!
85 quid for a 3 day festival is an awful lot of money but the lineup was the best of all the festivals over the summer. The headliners on the three days were Stereophonics, pulp and Oasis (I didnt stay for Oasis they were pretty poor- as expected). Stereophonics played a fantastic set that kept most of the audience dancing thourout and pulp played a fantastic set too. The weather was bloody awful on the Saturday with non-stop rain making the purchacing of expensive poncho's a must for anyone not lucky enough to get one free from the Orange tent. Saturday was really sunny all day until half way though Pulps set when the hevans opened and soaked us all. And monday was showers and mud all day. But its not a real festival withough knee deep mud and standing in the rain with sunburnt skin - just like the leeds festival. However I did have a few problems with the whole festival, it seems as if the food prices were kept artificially high by the festival promoters. We were told by a burger seller that security had told her to put the prices of her burgers up to £4 from £2.50!!! Pints were just under £3 and water was about £1.50 !!!!!!!!! Great if you are skint and de-hydrating. You wernt allowed to bring any drinks into the festival site at all and so you basically had to buy stuff from them.. well this is to be expected.
Ok so your going to the festival. good. but what about the area that is directly around the music? Well first things first it takes place at temple newsam 4miles out from leeds city center. The buses run from the bus station in leeds, 5mins away from train station. The journey is 30mins and should cost 1.50. So not expensive. Temple newsam is tudor house and grounds stretch for miles, beautiful scene and area. The nearest shops to the festival are halton or crossgates, either way its going to be a 30min round trip, to avoid having to pay massive prices actually in the festival enclosure. The terrain is grassey but tends to get muddy, so bring warm clothes and rain proof tent etc.. Finally enjoy it, leeds is great place and temple newsam rocks.
I can?t wait for this festival. Everyone should go if they get the chance. It is £86 for the whole weekend but it is well worth it. A chance to see brilliant live acts like primal scream, rage against the machine and the foo fighters can not be missed. For anyone who is interested there are rumours circulating that this could be the last oasis gig ever, that would be a historic event in itself. Other eye catchers are limp bizkit and eminem, a rare chance to see these. The rest of the line up is also brilliant and I recommend anyone who is going to check out red snapper in the dance tent. They are a superb live act and are headlining what looks like a good night. So once again if you get chance to go, DO IT!
Often the reason for taking in the summer festivals is to see the big name headliners and Leeds2000 should certainly live up to all expectations on that front. However if you are there on Monday to see the likes of Oasis or primal scream, you may be well rewarded by coming to the Carling Premier stage to see both I am Kloot and Elbow. Both hailing from Manchester they have been responsible for two of the best singles of this year and are totally wicked live. Check with web sites and flyers to establish exact times and let me know what you think.
In it's inception last year as the "Reading of the North", the organisers admitted that there were a few kinks to be ironed out. When the line-up was announced though, the problems last year were forgotton rapidly as tickets began to sell. As more and more bands confirmed, the sale of the tickets grew as did the promises of the organisers to learn from their mistakes. With Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Beck, Gomez, Prml Scrm, Placebo, Pulp, Deftones, Idlewild to name but a few, this years festival promises to drastically improve on last year. At £86 I hope so too. The site itself is quite hilly and can cause severe exhaustion after several beers. The security to get in the arena is a real pain. The stewards are really nasty and don't let you take hardly anything in with you, not-to-mention practically ripping your arm off every time they check your wristband. Despite this though, and considering it's the baby of the festivals, Organisers Mean Fiddler do in fact do a good job on it. They've managed to attract the best festival line-up this year, and have made Reading more accessible to Northern festival go-ers.
Well done to the organiser's of the Leeds/Reading Festival on getting such a top quality line-up. I attended the festival and it was absolutly brilliant. Each and every band the performed was brilliant and gave their all (except Daphe & Celeste, who were pelted with bottles when they got on stage, and then they were mine-ming when they did perfomance). The bands who I felt were the best were A, Blink 182, Placebo, Foo-Fighters, Slipknot, Embrace, Oasis, and Stereophonics. The atmosphere at the events was equal to the quality of the line-up of it. The only bad thing was the setting fire of the port-a-loo's which where set alight on the last night. Whole event will be one to remember!!