Here at Student Wire we love a festival, so you can only imagine our excitement when we received a last minute invitation to do a review of Leeds Festival. The daddy of all festivals, there was no way we could refuse…
This year the line-up looked bigger and better than ever with headliners including Blink 182, Paramore, and the one we were most excited about, the Arctic Monkeys. This was going to be one epic weekend!
Sadly, due to prior work commitments (yawn!), we couldn’t make it along to the Saturday; however the Friday and Sunday were jam-packed with enough world-class acts to keep anyone happy, so we couldn’t complain.
Day 1 – Friday
Upon arriving to the site it was apparent that Leeds fest was already in full swing and festival fever was in the air. The thud of music in the distance, the hundreds of tents littering the campsite and the happy, half-naked passers-by donning very little else but wellies and floral headbands; we couldn’t wait to get amongst it all.
First stop beer tent (of course), second stop Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Immediately we were greeted by about 20 boys wearing the famous ‘thrift shop’ fur coat – new trend maybe? Who knows, but the party had well and truly started. Fun, maybe a little cheesy, a fan or not of the American rapper, there was no denying he was entertaining as he appeared on stage in a long blonde wig, grinding like Lady Gaga. Feeling merry from the grinding or the lager, it was on to the next tent…
Next we headed over to the Radio 1 Xtra stage to see American rapper Joey Bada$$. The tent was jumping and the DJ was already getting the crowd going, banging out some old school R’n’B and hip hop classics. Finally, the Brooklyn rapper took to the stage and the crowd went wild. It wasn’t long until a mosh pit formed and the entire tent was bouncing. With his impressive lyrics and already massive fan base, Joey is definitely one to watch.
Finally, it was time to head over to the main tent for the highlight of the night and the act we had been looking forward to most, Disclosure. The tent was already heaving when we arrived and people were starting to spill out. Bracing ourselves, it was time to find a way in; we just HAD to get in that tent. Inside the atmosphere was amazing and as Disclosure played hit after hit from the album Settle, we danced our way into the night and took in all that Leeds festival had to offer.
Day 3 – Sunday
Following our little taste of the festival on the Friday night, we couldn’t wait to get our wellies on and get back to the gigantic field to make the most of the final day; highlights of which included Pendulum, Nero, Bombay Bicycle Club, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg and the Artic Monkeys (ahhhhhhhh!). We were just a little bit excited for that last act.
The Sunday consisted of a lot more mud, a lot more booze and a lot more excitement, and it seemed that although it was the last day, the dedicated festival-goers were definitely not flagging yet, although they were looking a little worse for wear than on the Friday! Everyone was well and truly in the spirit and the final day was set to go out with a bang.
With so many amazing acts playing on the Sunday it’s hard to put into words a bit about each and every one, so instead we’ll tell you about the best. One of our first acts were Canadian rock band Cage the Elephant, who did an epic job of performing their track ‘In one ear’. Next we joined the crowds for one of our favourite bands, Imagine Dragons, where the highlight was singing and bopping along to ‘On top of the world’ and joining the crowds in chanting ‘radioactive’. We were certainly feeling on top of the world.
It was nearly time for the most anticipated band of the festival and the act we had been looking forward to the most. It was finally time for the Arctic Monkeys. The crowds were MASSIVE and Leeds festival was completely buzzing with eager fans all ready to celebrate the very last moments of the festival by watching arguably one of the best bands of our time.
No strangers to Leeds festival, the monkeys did not disappoint. In acceptance from the audience, the band pleased the crowds with a mix of some of their older stuff with hits such as ‘Mardy bum’, ‘I bet that you look good on the dance floor’ and ‘When the sun goes down’, with the inclusion of some of their newer material too, and our favourites ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Do I wanna know?’
Leeds festival, once again, did not fail to please, and as always, it was truly epic weekend filled with world-class acts, lots of laughs and whole lot of mud; making for an unforgettable experience. This year, Leeds Festival definitely lived up to its reputation as one of the UK’s best festivals and it’s going to take a lot to beat it next year…but we’d love to see them try! (and hopefully be invited along for another review, maybe? Just to give our opinion. Hint hint).
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