So this year I will be embarking on my fourth visit to Leeds festival, and I’m just as excited as I was the first time I went in 2014. The first two times I went, I had day tickets, the Friday in 2014, the Saturday in 2015, and then in 2016, I went for the full weekend. Leeds has always treated me well, from seeing my bands I’ve loved as I was growing up, to seeing bands I’ve never even heard of before, but becoming a fan after the festival. This year, I’m planning to try to see all of the bands that I want to, but also try and see as many new bands as possible.
The first day of acts is the Friday, and there are several bands/artists which I am looking forward to be seeing either for the first time or again. There are two bands in particular which I am excited for are Architects and Blossoms, both on the main stage. I will be seeing these two bands for the first time after listening to them both for about a year. Architects are a metal core band from Brighton, and their latest album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us was what really got me into them. To me, their performances are nothing short of breath-taking. People will always say things such as “it’s just screaming and shouting, you don’t understand anything they say” but it’s how the artists want to express themselves. The deeps lyrics express the writers feelings thoroughly, and the heavy guitars and drum beats support them so well. All Our Gods Have Abandoned us has won several awards, such as Rock Sound’s Album of the Year 2016.
Blossoms on the other hand are an indie pop group from my hometown, Stockport. Stockport often makes the news for the wrong reasons, but Blossoms are far from that. The BBC Sound of 2016 nominees have really been taking the indie scene by storm with their groovy 80s sound. I do find it quite mad that they’re from the same town as me, and it’s even more mad considering I sat in sociology with their guitarist for a year. Their self-titled debut album entered the charts in number one position when it was released in August 2016. If you’re into indie music, then you should definitely see their set, and I’m sure you’ll become a fan after hearing their ever so catchy Charlemagne.
Other bands/artists I’m planning to see on the Friday are Against the Current, Liam Gallagher, Neck Deep and The Prettyboys, who are rumoured to be secret set from Bedford boys, Don Broco, which in all makes it quite an exciting opening day to look forward to.
So the second day also packs excitement, again with several bands/artists I want to see. Also, one of my favourite bands, You Me At Six, are headlining the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage and this in itself makes the Saturday very exciting. This will be their 7th time at the festival and I am sure that they will end the second day with a bang. This will be my 14th time seeing them, and they never fail to impress. I spoke with rhythm guitarist Max Helyer at Radio 1 back in May, and he told me that surprises are very likely, so this adds even more excitement to their set. The Surrey rockers are approaching their 10th anniversary of their first album Take Off Your Colours, so maybe we could see them bring back some old tunes into their set list.
Another band which I’m particularly interested in seeing is Wstr, who are a relatively new pop-punk band from Liverpool. They recently got recognition in the pop-punk scene following their support sets for recognised UK pop-punk bands such as Seaway and Roam. I’ve not been listening to them for too long, but they are what you expect in a modern pop-punk band with their lyrics about teenage life and heartbreak. Songs such as Eastbound & Down and Lonely Smiles are two of my favourite songs.
Other bands which I intend on seeing are Mallory Knox, Ratboy, Boston Manor, Two Door Cinema Club and The Amity Affliction.
The last day of the festival. The day that everyone dreads, for many reasons. From toilets being at their worst, to running out of food and most importantly, the end to all the fun. But all of this won’t stop me from making the most of the last day and enjoying it. However, the two artists which I am most excited to see all weekend are performing on the final day. Firstly, I am so so so excited to see One Ok Rock, a band who I have been waiting to see for years. They are a Japanese rock band from Tokyo and are one of the most exciting bands around. Their latest album, Ambitions, which was released at the start of the year got them huge popularity in the west, due to it’s more pop-rock vibe and for the first time, fully in English. For their older fans, they released the album in their traditional mix between English and Japanese. This is what makes them such a unique band, in particular lead singer, Takahiro Moriuchi, who’s ability to go between two languages within the same line of a song. But this isn’t the only spectacular feature of their performances, they also make the most of the stage and each member is always showing their passion for their music and performance. The band are used to selling out stadiums and arenas in their homeland, but performing in smaller venues will be no strange feat for the Romaji rockers.
For me, the Sunday has the most artists who I want to see, including One Ok Rock and Eminem. Other artists which I will be seeing include Moose Blood, Pvris and While She Sleeps.
I hope those of you who are also going to Leeds or Reading festival have a good time, I certainly know that I will be! I will most likely be writing a blog/review after the festival, so remember to follow my blog if you want to see it!