So, Leeds Fest was great

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I haven’t been to a whole weekend at Leeds Festival since 2013. If I’m honest, it’s just not been totally to my music taste as of recent (someone please invent a time machine and allow me to go to Leeds Fest 2008 PLEASE GOD).

We couldn’t do Download this year, and I simply cannot go a whole year without a festival, so even though Leeds Fest wasn’t my ideal lineup we ended up buying a ticket anyway. It helps that we live so close – even though I get angry at Leeds Fest more and more every year, it almost feels wrong if we don’t go for at least a day.

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Anyway, that was the most long winded post introduction ever. We went to Leeds Fest and, even though it was kind of a last minute decision, we had a really great time. What with us living so near to Leeds, it’s so easy to get a train from our house and the shuttle bus to the site – it seems silly not to go when it’s so easy and we love live music so much.

All in all, we had an amazing weekend. Biffy Clyro absolutely smashed it, I finally got to see Red Hot Chili Peppers live, Thrice were a dream come true.

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The weather was actually fairly decent. The mud was horrific (obviously – when is ever totally dry at Leeds Fest??) but it only actually rained for a small part of the main 3 days of the festival and wow I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that.

Fall Out Boy made me feel 15 again (again, I’ve seen them a few times since I actually was 15) but jesus they looked like they wanted to be ANYWHERE else other than Leeds Fest. Part of me was wondering whether this had anything to do with them being down as “co-headliners” when they weren’t ACTUALLY co-headlining?

Biffy Clyro smashed it. Totally amazing. And the tour announcement with Brand New supporting almost made me wee my pants with excitement.

Twenty One Pilots were crazy good. The crowd, however, was filled with drunk/high teenagers who had no idea where they were/who they were seeing and wow I came so close to physically assaulting someone. (I didn’t, though. Someone get me a medal.)

Thrice were better than I ever could have imagined and oh my god can they just announce a tour now please?

We found this little area just down a hill to the left of main stage that I swear has never been there before. I ate mac ‘n’ cheese with chorizo, lazed around on the grass and it was pretty perfect.

Basically, Leeds Fest was amazing and I’ll probably be there next year and the year after that and the year after that. Because Leeds Fest.

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  1. 11th September 2016 / 12:36 am

    Awesome post. I would love to go one day. x

    Erin |

  2. Yasmin Rebecca
    5th September 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Sounds like such an amazing time! I’ve been to Leeds festival twice and it was two of my most loved experiences, it was just incredible. The second time I went I kept losing my friends constantly (I blame vodka) but made so many new friends! Your photos look fab xx

    Y x |

  3. 2nd September 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I went to Reading this year and honestly loved it, it was so much fun. It was my first year and I’m very excited to go back again next year (I only went for the day)!

    Lucy | Forever September

  4. Lou
    2nd September 2016 / 9:27 am

    Leeds/Reading is always a bittersweet experience. I actually like the line up (mostly) but I hate the people it attracts.
    I think for a lot of people it’s the ‘school-out-blow-out’ which is cool, but it’s also the first time they’ve really experienced alcohol and drugs and they have zero chills about it.

    Honestly,I thought Glastonbury would be way worse than Leeds/Reading but it was so much better. Yes, you get those on drugs (what festival doesn’t?) but the organisation of it was amazing and it doesn’t attract the younger crowd as much.

    I’m starting to sound like an old lady now!


    • 2nd September 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Lou, literally every point you mention here is exactly it. Although, I have to say I’ve never seen so many tweens on drugs – so much worse than previous years! It left a really sour taste in my mouth. I mean I’m 26 so it’s not like I’m “really old” but I think the general security this year was a major let down.

      The line-up was okayish. Main people I wanted to see were, Foals, Disclosure, Fickle Friends, Slaves, Blossoms and all gave good game except I was a little let down by RHCP? Good, but expected more from Anthony in terms of a front man.

      I could go on and on and on and on about how this year was probably one of the weirdest leeds fest experiences of my life since I started going 10 years ago. But, it definitely left a really funny taste in my mouth – but I will be there next year for my sins, ha!

      Bee xxx

  5. Louise
    2nd September 2016 / 8:38 am

    I went to Reading for the first time ever this year and really enjoyed myself but your post brought up some similar points. It wasn’t organized very well and even though I’ve never been before, I felt like it attracted the wrong kind of crowd. It was just filled with drunk or high teenagers, singing stupid chants in the sets by rock bands, not even enjoying the rock music, just there for a good time or for the dance tents. It very much felt like it was filled with lots of teens thinking they were ‘lads on tour’ with matching t-shirts and constantly shouting out crude comments. Maybe I’ll try Leeds next year? x

  6. 2nd September 2016 / 7:18 am

    I so wanted to go to Reading this year, especially for Biffy Clyro and The 1975 but going for the whole weekend really puts me off like it does for you! X

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