As always Leeds Festival kicked off with a bang this year as rock band State Champs opened the main stage on Friday whilst an eclectic set by house loving bass playing brothers Disclosure got the crowd moving on Friday evening with their upbeat set as they headlined the main stage.
Fall Out Boy played one of the sets of the weekend with a rousing, emotional, energetic filled medley of their greatest hits spanning over the last twelve years, they were accompanied on stage by a group of fire performers and an atmospheric sunset. Tracks included Sugar Wood Going Down, Uma Thurman, Saturday and Dance Dance.
Foals returned to the festival this year playing an epic set which covered their four albums and treat the Leeds crowd to the early fan favourite track 'Cassius'. Huge stage productions for the artists saw fireworks, confetti, lightshows and smoke reaching into the night sky as the headliners and co headliners rocked the main stage. The Scottish three piece Biffy Clyro showed the Festival just why they had been booked as headliners with a thrilling set which saw Elipisis and Wolves of winter played out.
Crowd Favourites Red Hot Chilli Peppers closed out the Festival on Sunday evening with a two hour set of their greatest hits spanning the last couple of decades. A mass of fans filled into the arena to see the Rock legends close out the Festival.
Other main stage favourites included Chvurches, Skindred, Coheed and Cambria, Boy Better Know, Lower than Atlantis and The Courteeners whose tracks had the crowd singing from start to finish.
The festival across Richfield Avenue Reading and Bramham Park Leeds had 170,000 fans through the gates. And proves to be the most popular and action packed UK Festival.
The main stage wasn't the only place filled with crowds the NME Tent hosted a full host of acts from The Wombats, Jack U, Crystal Castles, The 1975, Krept & Konan, Nestky, Sigma and Cage The Elephant whilst festival veterans on the Indie scene Two Door Cinema Club closed the Sunday evening with a packed tent of fans. Giggs and Wiley had the crowd bouncing up and down.
The NME stage also saw Jack Garratt perform a high intensity set in front of thousands of fans.
The Dance stage saw huge sets from Fred V Graffix, Redlight, 99 Souls, Oliver Heldons, Philip George, My Nu Leng BSB Oneman + Dread MC, DJ EZ and Duke Dumont amongst many others.
Draper was first on the Dance Stage on Saturday morning, the 24 year musician and producer from Kent has over 25 million youtube plays and has produced tracks for Lapsley, Bring Me the Horizon and Cheryl is gathering a large fan base. He has also toured with Rita Ora and told us that his next single will be with Sam Sure and the artist he would most like to work with is Chvurches.
One of the craziest main stage performances of the weekend came from South African band Die Antwoord who played a freaky set which included sexualised cartoon imagery in their visuals. A massive crowd turned out for the band and were all jumping and dancing in sync to the rap-rave group whose hits include Ugly Boy and Fatty Boom Boom.
Other stages hosted bands such as The Temper Trap, The King Blues, Maximo Park, Asking Alexandria, Maverick Sabre. Good Charlotte drew in a huge crowd to headline the Lock Up Stage tent whose set was thrilling, the band said they were so happy to be back after a 6 year break.
As always Leeds Festival likes to stand out from other Festivals and sprang a few surprises over the weekend with highly acclaimed emo rock band You Me At Six, Clean Cut Kit, Slaves and the Blossoms playing sercret intimate sets across the Festival.
As the stages came to a close before midnight each evening, the music carried on until 6am on the relentless stage as thousands packed around the stages set amongst scenic trees deep into the campsites. Music fans were treated to a selection of hits on the Dance to radio stage as hits were played out from 1980 - 2016 on Saturday evening, playing everything from Eminem, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Britney Spears and Metallica. Many thousands of other music fans chose to party in the large scale silent disco tent which kept music fans happy until the early hours of the morning. It saw people of all ages partying to a great selection of festival music. The relentless stage hosted top djs playing House and Drum and Bass.
The Pit and Lock up stage saw a mass of rock, metal and punk artists including local Leeds band fighting caravans, who shared the weekends stage with the likes of metal gods Asking Alexandira, Mastadon, Good Charlotte and upcoming talent Milk Teeth, Creeper and Greywind.
The Alternative Comedy stage saw BIll Bailey, Russell Howard, and Sarah Pascoe headline, whilst the Australian rockers The Temper Trap headlined the Festival Republic Stage alongside Lapsley, The Gaslight Anthem, Maximo Park, and Brian Fallon and the Crowes.
Melvin Benn the director of Leeds Festival said he was in doubt doubt the Festival was going to be a huge success this year and he is already planning and booking huge acts for the next one. Leeds Festival will be back next August Bank Holiday weekend, to get your 2017 tickets now go to www.leedsfestival.com/tickets
Selby Everyday would like to offer our condolences to Lewis Haunchs family who lost their 17 year old boy at Leeds Festival due to drugs.
A full gallery of images from the festival will be available shortly. See you all next year.