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Leeds Festival 2016 Highlights

Fall Out Boy Playing Saturday Evening (Image NME)

Fall Out Boy Playing Saturday Evening (Image NME)

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.

Disclosure headlined for their first time at Leeds Festival ( Image Sean Brown)

Disclosure headlined for their first time at Leeds Festival ( Image Sean Brown)

Festival goers brave the mud on a sunny Friday as temperatures reached 26C in the Sun, a little respite from the torrential rain Image Credit - (Sean Brown)

Festival goers brave the mud on a sunny Friday as temperatures reached 26C in the Sun, a little respite from the torrential rain Image Credit - (Sean Brown)

The iconic ferris wheel lights up the evening sky across Leeds Festival ( Image Sean Brown)

The iconic ferris wheel lights up the evening sky across Leeds Festival ( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Sleeping with Sirens Jack Fowler showed his mischievous side on stage as he played up to the cameras on the main stage and came into the crowd to greet fans ( Image Sean Brown)

Sleeping with Sirens Jack Fowler showed his mischievous side on stage as he played up to the cameras on the main stage and came into the crowd to greet fans ( Image Sean Brown)

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.

left, Samantha, Jack, Louise, Harry, Todd told us they were happy the sun was shining after torrential rain on the Thursday evening, they were most looking forward to see Mistajam, The King Blues, Kano and Good Charlotte on Friday ( Image San Brown)

left, Samantha, Jack, Louise, Harry, Todd told us they were happy the sun was shining after torrential rain on the Thursday evening, they were most looking forward to see Mistajam, The King Blues, Kano and Good Charlotte on Friday ( Image San Brown)

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.

Progressive American rock band Coheed & Cambria thrilled the main stage  (Image Sean Brown)

Progressive American rock band Coheed & Cambria thrilled the main stage  (Image Sean Brown)

Krept & Konan drew in huge crowds in the NME tent as the South London duo sang a lyrical entourage of urban rap and rnb. (Image Credit Sean Brown)

Krept & Konan drew in huge crowds in the NME tent as the South London duo sang a lyrical entourage of urban rap and rnb. (Image Credit Sean Brown)

Crowds rush to the various stages to catch the best of the weekends lineup. ( Image Sean Brown)

Crowds rush to the various stages to catch the best of the weekends lineup. ( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Friday evening saw a spectacular light-show as Disclosure played their top hits including Latch, You & Me and F for You. 

Friday evening saw a spectacular light-show as Disclosure played their top hits including Latch, You & Me and F for You. 

Selby Everyday enjoy Dread Mc on the Dance Stage on Sunday 

Selby Everyday enjoy Dread Mc on the Dance Stage on Sunday 

Fans enjoyed a few sunny intervals through the very wet bank holiday weekend (Image Sean Brown)

Fans enjoyed a few sunny intervals through the very wet bank holiday weekend (Image Sean Brown)

The crowds light up the Dance Tent as My Nu Leng BSB Oneman + Dread Mc played an infused garage dance set with an electrifying light show ( Image Sean Brown)

The crowds light up the Dance Tent as My Nu Leng BSB Oneman + Dread Mc played an infused garage dance set with an electrifying light show ( Image Sean Brown)

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 & Sam Sure ( Image Sean Brown)

Draper & Sam Sure ( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Music fans from Sheffield and Liverpool hold a big cheers for Selby Everyday

Music fans from Sheffield and Liverpool hold a big cheers for Selby Everyday

Australian rock, pop, metal  quintet Tonight Alive rock the NME tent with their tuneful riffs and high energy stage presence( Image Sean Brown)

Australian rock, pop, metal  quintet Tonight Alive rock the NME tent with their tuneful riffs and high energy stage presence( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Two revellers enjoy a morning coffee before the days events ( Image Sean Brown)

Two revellers enjoy a morning coffee before the days events ( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Dressed to impress, these ladies told Selby Everyday they love Leeds Festival and the countdown on what to pack and wear to the festival takes place weeks in advance. ( Image Sean Brown)

Dressed to impress, these ladies told Selby Everyday they love Leeds Festival and the countdown on what to pack and wear to the festival takes place weeks in advance. ( Image Sean Brown)

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. 

Djs kept the guest areas entertained with djs playing an eclectic mix of indie rock pop. ( Image Sean Brown)

Djs kept the guest areas entertained with djs playing an eclectic mix of indie rock pop. ( Image Sean Brown)

The Leeds Festival crates, a perfect place for a picture or two (Image Sean Brown)

The Leeds Festival crates, a perfect place for a picture or two (Image Sean Brown)

Lapsley held an intimate gig on the Festival Republic Stage on Sunday evening singing her heart warming tracks Painter, Falling Short & Cliff. Lapsley from York was one of the many artists performing from Yorkshire in her home county. ( Image Sean Brown)

Lapsley held an intimate gig on the Festival Republic Stage on Sunday evening singing her heart warming tracks Painter, Falling Short & Cliff. Lapsley from York was one of the many artists performing from Yorkshire in her home county. ( Image Sean Brown)

Fans enjoy the lightshow during Baauer

Fans enjoy the lightshow during Baauer

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 

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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. 

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