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.
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.
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.