Its nearing ever closer the 21st Leeds Festival will be with us over the bank holiday weekend of August. Yesterday a press day was held at the exquisite Bramham Park Estate. Set in the idyllic backdrop of Bramham Park hundreds of thousands of music fans will descend on the site over the bank holiday. With early bird tickets starting from Wednesday 21st camping until Monday 26th August..
Melvin Benn hosted the press day and spoke about the original plans to host the festival over 21 years ago when he was met with a statement such as, “ It will be over my dead body if Leeds Festival takes place over August Bank Holiday’’ from West Yorkshire Polices Chief constable. Well here we are in 2019 and the Festival is as strong as ever.
Leeds Festival is renowned as being a rock and indie festival but over the years has adapted and now features all music styles and genres. This years excellent line up highlights once more the diverse range of artists that will be taking the stages of Leeds & Reading Festival.
The heart of Leeds Festival is growing year on year and has extra night-time stages. It is now not only about the acts playing the stages during the day but also during the night as the Relentless Stage sees top DJs play sets in a scenic backdrop of trees set amongst the vast campsites, lined with lazor lights and pyrotechnics. The Piccadilly party & Dance to the radio also play a stage which is a vital part of the festival where tens of thousands of revellers party the night away until 5am.
Melvin discussed the importance of sustainability and how Leeds Festival has a relatively low carbon footprint compared to other festivals. Leeds Festival this year will be decanting drinks from plastic bottles instead of selling them to festival goers, this will reduce the waste of single use plastics. They will be also using cans instead of plastic. Melvin expressed his appreciation of extinction rebellion bringing the topic of sustainability to the forefront of British Politics. But he had a stern warning for everyone camping at the festival. He stated, ‘‘You cannot be a supporter of extinction rebellion and then leave your tent at the festival.’’ Tent recycle points will be available at the festival, and the festival works alongside Greenpeace who will be doing the drinks return deposit, whereby if you collect ten 10 pint cups and return them you will receive £1. Leeds & Reading was one of the first festivals to measure its carbon footprint back in 2008.
Now lets discuss the the line up, for rock fans this year sees the return of American Rockers Foo Fighters, who will play Friday nights headline slot . They have recently just released some surprise live archival tracks on spotify. Other artists playing the Sunday include A day to Remember, Cvrches, Enter Shikari, Sundara Karma, Lil baby, Bastille and many more.
The 1975 will headline Saturday nights main stage at Leeds, other acts playing over the Saturday include. Cvrches, Saturday, The Wombats, AJ Tracey, Fredo, Circa Waves, Royal Blood and You Me at Six.
Sunday night will see Northern Indie quintet Blossoms play their largest set to date on the main stage prior to Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots co set which will close this years festival. Pvris, Billie Eilish, Of Mice & Men and The Hunna among many more will play Sunday.
Melvin also touched on the importance of the BBC Music Introducing Stage which gives a great platform for new and emerging acts. Of this years 200 artists over 81 acts first appeared by BBC Musics Introducing platform, this includes both english and international acts. Melvin stressed the importance of the BBC in our cultural music history and mentioned the neigh sayers of the BBC whom are mostly Torys. I spoke with Marsicians whom will be playing the BBC Introducing stage, the lads said they are absolutely buzzing to play and that this will be an anniversary year. They first came to Leeds Festival as fans back in 2009.
Dont Miss Out on this years Leeds Festivals. Early Bird, Weekend Camping and Day Tickets are still available. https://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets