The summer is fast approaching and with that comes festival season. One festival that has captured that summer excitement is Leeds fest. Since its emergence in 1999 as a spin-off to the long running Reading Festival, Leeds has been a favourite amongst teenagers either just leaving secondary school, or sixth form.
No stranger to the big names in music, Leeds has played host to some of the world’s biggest music acts; with the likes of Oasis, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys having all made the trip down to Bramham Park to grace the Leeds fest main stage.
With such lofty expectations, the festival organisers have pulled no punches with this years’ headliners. Headlining the Friday night is electronic rock band Muse – with an arsenal of songs packed to the brim with hits, this is going to be a headline set for the history books.
Following a massive act like Muse is no easy task, but the Saturday night is in safe hands with Leicester’s indie rockers Kasabian who are taking a headline slot for the second time after their massive gig at the 2012 festival.
Fresh off the back of their recently released number one album ‘For Crying Out Loud’ – and no doubt still buzzing from their 2014 Glastonbury headline slot – the Midlands rockers will bring the party to the Yorkshire crowd.
As is the usual with festival line-ups, the biggest is always saved till last. And in the world of music they don’t come much bigger than the final headliner. Last headlining in 2013, global rap superstar Eminem is returning to Bramham Park for what will no doubt be an explosive performance. Boasting an incredible 172 million albums and singles sold worldwide as well as 15 Grammy awards, the Detroit wordsmith is sure to close the weekend in unforgettable style.
As well as three amazing headliners, this years’ line-up as ever also includes a whole host of musical talent from across the UK and the globe; with one particular highlight being Liam Gallagher as he embarks on a new journey as a solo artist.
Liam, along with his savage wit, will arrive in Yorkshire with a set-list that includes fan favourites from his Oasis days such as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ and ‘Live Forever’, but also songs from his upcoming debut ‘As You Were’, including the fiery single, ‘Wall of Glass’. Joining Liam on
Joining Liam on the Friday afternoon is Giggs. Widely seen as one of the originators of the massively popular Grime scene, he’s seen his career go into overdrive in recent years due to multiple collaborations with global superstar, Drake.
The Saturday afternoon will be just as packed with stars as indie favourites, Two Door Cinema Club entertain the punters as well as American experimental rapper, Danny Brown who brings his distinctive delivery style to the Yorkshire countryside (along with many more acts).
The Sunday afternoon will offer much of the same star quality as excitement builds towards Eminem’s closing set on the night. Festival-goers can also expect to see big names like South London rapper, Loyle Carner and American Trap flag bearers, Migos.
As well as a whole host of acts from across the world music, there’s also the opportunity to catch big names from the world of comedy as renowned comedians such as Bill Bailey, Simon Amstell and Joe Lycett offer some comic relief along the weekend.
Leeds Festival is one of the highlights in the calendar for music fans from across the North East and Yorkshire and it looks certain to be an incredible weekend in Bramham Park again this year.
For further information about Leeds Festival please head to leedsfestival.com.