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Leeds Festival 2016

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Muddy & awesome – Die Antwoord and Cabbage stole the show:

Leeds Festival returned to its home at Bramham Park for more bank holiday musical shenanigans.

Headliners this year were Biffy Clyro, Foals, Disclosure and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. However it was party late comer Jack Rocks This Feeling who stole the show. The team at TF/JD have been doing the rounds at UK music festivals this summer, creating their own mini festival within a larger arena. At Leeds a new area was opened up specifically for this ensemble complete with their own high street of street food. The focus is for TF/JD is very much on the emerging talent our shores have to offer and it is quite comforting to know that there is a plethora of talent out there. Those who took the time to visit their tent were treated to about 45 bands some of which will undoubtably mature over the next 12 months and make their way to some of the more established stages. Watching some of the bands did make me wonder if we are on the verge of a new movement in British talent? Who knows, but it’s great that these new bands are getting exposure to this level so early in their careers. Ones to watch out for are April, Hello Operator, Baby Strange, Trampolene and the brilliant Cabbage.

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It’s a strange mixture of music genres at Leeds. The line up is very heavily weighted towards Indie, Rock and Dance music. There was a lot of Grime this year, not my cuppa but some of the acts pulled in some big crowds.
Stand out performances over the weekend included Die Antwoord who were just mental, Heck who took over the Pit Stage, and the Fat White Family who kept the party going into Monday morning.
I feel compelled to mention the weather, don’t know why maybe it’s a British thing. Well it was typically schizophrenic. When it rained it rained hard and when it’s shone it was glorious, however the rain won and everyone got a free mud bath experience.
All in all Leeds had another successful year. Band of the festival for me were Cabbage. Watch out for these guys, they are about to support Blossoms. I’m tempted to buy a ticket just to see the bewildered faces of the Blossoms fans at what they are about to witness.
Headliners for next year? My money is on a return for Green Day and new talent Fruit Salad and Bumblebee.

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