As a die-hard Leeds fest fan I can tell you that it is not one to be missed. Having attended the festival for 5 years I can honestly say it is one of the best if you’re looking for as truly muddy, care-free festival weekend. I can’t speak on behalf of the Reading site but it is the place to be this August Bank Holiday.
If you take the spiritual vibes out of Glastonbury and replaced them with a mosh pit, you’re on the right track to this kind of festival. Reading & Leeds festival is known for it’s rock themed acts with the refreshing twist of the dance tents blasting out music until 7am. Let me tell you, there is nothing more satisfying yet daunting of making it until the 7am sunrise. Satisfying that you did it but the daunting factor is how terrible you feel as soon as realisation hits.
As one of the few UK festivals that offer the same line up for both the north and south of the country, the organisers are in for a weekend that is sure to keep them on their toes. With headliners including Metallica, Mumford and Sons and the Libertines, ticket holders are in for a treat at this years extravaganza. Not to forget acts including Alt-j, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood and Gorgon City. The festival is a recipe for one hell of a Bank Holiday.
Based in Bramham Park in Leeds and Richfield Avenue in Reading, Festival Republic have delivered the perfect solution to the long journeys and limited ticket space by hosting it twice in one weekend. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve even teamed up with local universities to bring some amazing opportunities to students up and down the country. With Leeds Festival in Partnership with Leeds Beckett University offering positions such as HATS team members and PR Interns to work on site and attend the festival too.
You have the option of extending your stay at the sites by one night for an early bird entry ticket costing £15, bare in mind that there isn’t much put on by the festival that night but it’s definitely a great excuse for a boozy night around the campfire (if the correct safety procedures are taken of course). It also means you secure yourselves the best camping spot for the weekend. Not too far from the arena but not too close to Piccadilly Party! Day tickets are also available for those of you not fancying a weekend in a rainy field – and trust me, I’ve never been to a Leeds fest and not been rained on. Whatever experience tickles your fancy, get your tickets in time for the August Bank Holiday!
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