And so Summer for most of us comes to an end with the final day of the Leeds Festival weekender but what a way for the festival to sign off with rap superstar Eminem bringing the weekend to a close.
The main stage started off relatively calmly though with both Moose Blood and Honeyblood providing the soundtrack. Over on the NME stage though and indie favourites and recent NME tour participants Cabbage continued to win over the indie crowd with another solid-set. For something a bit different though, the Lock-Up stage was the place to be as black metal favourites Zeal And Ardour brought their complex, feral sound to the afternoon sunshine and certainly lived up to their reputation.
Back on the NME stage though and Marmozets lit the fuse with a raucous set before Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes showed every band on that stage how to put on a live show. From circle pits around the tent to female only crowd surfers to the sight of Carter himself disappearing into the crowd headfirst, the only way this could be described is utter fucking bedlam.
While all this was going on, The Pretty Reckless brought their dirgy rock to the main stage while Pvris delivered another classy performance. However, it was during their set that it became clear how much of this audience was here purely for the headliner with energy levels barely raising throughout the afternoon acts. With the art-rock of At The Drive In doing nothing to raise the interest of the crowd, it was up to nu-metal titans Korn to wake the crowd up with a brutally angsty career-spanning set including a crushing rendition of “Blind”.
Major Lazer caused absolute mayhem in the main arena next as frontman Diplo zorbed his way across the bouncing crowd. Having promised to bring a carnival atmosphere to the festival, the outfit didn’t disappoint and coupled with even more sunny weather, Leeds Festival made sure the weekend went out in style.
With local boys from Sheffield While She Sleeps bringing the Lock-Up stage to a ferocious finale, it was up to rap superstar Eminem to deliver everything this crowd had been waiting all day for and he did that with a hit-laden set that, for fans of the rap icon, was certainly worth the ticket money and saw Leeds Festival 2017 sign off for another year having given punters great music, great weather and some great memories. Same time next year?