Headlined by the Foo Fighters, The 1975 and Post Malone, Leeds Festival bathed in three days of glorious sunshine. With so much going on for music fans over the weekend, here are eight reasons why Leeds Festival 2019 rocked our Summer.
01. Sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine!
– Twenty four hours prior to the Leeds Festival site opening at Bramham Park the heavens opened but, as if by some act of kindness, there was not a drop of rain as, for three days, the site was graced with the kind of weather more suited to summertime in mainland Europe. 90,000 fans basked in 90 degree heat for three days and, given the downpour that hit the festival last year, every single one of those fans made sure to soak up the last of the Summer weather.
02. The sweet sound of Fudge.
– When a band are introduced as “a band who will make your head explode”, you know you’re in for a good time which is exactly what Leeds boys Fudge. did when they took over the BBC Introducing stage on the Sunday morning for their lunchtime set. Frontman Cam Hope spent more time in the crowd than on stage and, by the time they’d ended with “Not A Threat… Just a Warning”, the tone for the day had been set.
And here’s the video evidence of what went down when Fudge. returned home to Leeds:
03. Leeds Festival laughs at the Alternative Tent
– Leeds Festival isn’t all about the music. Venture up to the top end of the site and you’ll find the alternative stage where comedy fans are treated to three days of top laughs. From the up and comers like Brennan Reece to familiar names from not only Leeds Festival but TV shows like Mock The Week such as Tiff Stevenson, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Josh Widdicombe, there was plenty of quality to keep fans laughing throughout the weekend.
04. The mad world of Poppy
– We thought Batushka were bonkers at Bloodstock Open Air at the beginning of August but the much talked about Poppy gave them a run for their money. The billion+ stream YouTube sensation left us wondering “is it metal? is it pop?” and still none the wiser by the end of her set.
Here’s Poppy with her new track “Concrete”… nope, we’re not sure either:
05. Main Stage mischief with Frank Carter
– There is nothing like watching punk rocker Frank Carter tearing up a small venue so, give him a big stage and all bets are off. No surprises then that, as Frank and his bandmates hit the stage, all hell breaks loose as guitarist Dean and Frank both take off in the direction of the front rows. Within minutes Carter and his bandmate are clambering into the crowd to a soundtrack of raucous punk rock n’ roll, security are swamped with crowd surfers and Leeds Festival 2019 has well and truly kicked off.
06. Foo Fighters bringing the rock back to Leeds Festival
– In recent years and especially last year, rock fans have been fairly vocal in their displeasure at the lack of a “rock day” at Reading/Leeds. Now, while this year wasn’t overly packed with rock bands on the main stage, it has to be said that, in Foo Fighters, organisers had certainly landed themselves something of a beauty when it came to headliners. Fronted by the ever likeable Dave Grohl, the Foo’s simply owned the Leeds Festival main stage with a performance that, not only spanned the length of their squillion-selling career but also managed to find space for a few surprises as well.
07. Pop Punk fun with Bowling For Soup
– If one band is guaranteed to make you smile it’s Texan pop-punk jokers Bowling For Soup who had the joy of headlining the Saturday night of the Lock Up stage. Celebrating their 25th annviersary, the pop-punk quartet did what they’ve done for the last quarter of a century. They brought the humour, a stack full of your favourite pop punk anthems and even their own bar. Saturday night is always party night at Leeds Festival and, well, quite frankly, organisers couldn’t have picked a better host.
Judging by the size of the crowd, fans certainly wanted to “Stay” to check out headliner Post Malone:
08. Post Malone Delivered a Top Quality Headline Set
– When Post Malone took to this very stage barely twelve months ago he was afforded a mid-afternoon slot but it was a slot that saw a headline-sized crowd. Twelve months later and the rap star is back and he’s headlining this whole muthafuckin’ thing. Consequently, Posty needed to bring with him a suitably mahoosive performance and he did just that. Literally lighting up the stage with the kind of pyrotechnical display that made even our hair sizzle, Post Malone blazed through an eighteen track set with fans singing along to the likes of “Better Now” and “Stay” to ensure Leeds Festival 2019 finished in unforgettable style.