Decent weekend at Leeds. Weather was shite for the most part so that was a bit of a downer. Saw some amazing sets over the course of the weekend though.
Friday was probably my favourite day. State Champs started off with a good singalong and I met the singer afterwards near one of the bars so that was cool.
Basement sounded great and I'm looking forward to getting into them before the BMTH tour in November.
Coheed and Cambria were effortlessly brilliant as always, I just think that they aren't going to be appreciated at R&L like they should be. Absolutely phenomenal musicians, all of them.
Sleeping With Sirens were absolute shite. His voice is shameful live. Rubbish.
Five Finger Death Punch was a weird one. I'm not a fan of them but the crowd down the front were so into it. Not my cup of tea, nor will they ever fit in at R&L, but they sounded alright. Still a baffling booking to me.
Modern Baseball rammed the tent. They were bloody brilliant. After being so excited for them last year and them pulling out, I was so ready for the singalong this time and they didn't disappoint. Highlight of the set for me was Rock Bottom.
Tha Vaccines were really fun and the sun was nice. I've always had a soft spot for them so I enjoyed it.
Fall Out Boy were decent. I don't care for any of the new stuff, but went nuts for Hum Hallelujah and Saturday (even though it's now the second time they've played after 2013 and not a single other person I could see had any idea what Saturday was. People on the screens down the front didn't even have a clue! I'm sure I made up for it all by myself though ) The fire dancers were a bit weird, though.
BIFFY CLYRO. 11/10. Stunning as always. Awesome stage show, and great setlist. 9/15ths was a nice treat. The best consistently brilliant live band I've ever seen and after 2013 & 2016, how anyone can be dubious about them being festival headliners is beyond me. There is no doubt. They will continue to smash headline shows out of the park for years to come, I'm sure of it.
Saturday started with Frank Carter putting on the performance of the festival. Just immense. That's how to be a frontman. Absolute carnage from start to finish. Would love to see him in a really dingy venue.
Creeper were good. Not as good as they were on their last tour, but still good nonetheless. Crowd loved it. Misery is such a powerhouse of a song. Reduced me to tears.
Lower Than Atlantis are so bland. Nothing about them stands out or perks any sort of interest. My mate asked me to describe what Die Antwoord would be like after and I said imagine being in the mood for ice cream but all there is to have is vanilla, but then someone brings you a bowl of mint chocolate chip covered in strawberry sauce with a flake and hundreds and thousands with a couple of ecstasy pills hidden in there, that's what Die Antwoord will be like after LTA. And it was Die Antwoord were bloody brilliant. Crazy, crazy people playing crazy, crazy music. Entertaining from start to finish.
Boy Better Know isn't really my thing but I enjoyed them from afar. Crowd was massive and was really into it. Really good to see this going down so well on the Main Stage.
CHVRCHES were good, despite the rain. Nice singalong.
Foals SMASHED their headline set. 10/10. Was really close to the front and the crowd was going nuts. Setlist was great and performance was even better. Never been a HUGE Foals fan, but I've come away with a lot more love for them. Definitely deserved that headline spot.
Jack Ü was good fun. I was to the side but my friends in the middle said that it was chaos.
Sunday was a bit of a crap day. Skindred were great. I'm not really a fan but they are a perfect festival band and are exceptional at what they do. Benji never fails to crack me up, either.
PARKWAY DRIVE. Parkway Drive were the one and only band I was truly excited about seeing all weekend and that had been building day by day. Getting an alert on the app to say that they had pulled out was gutting. Really really disappointed by that, but with it apparently being due to a family issue, I totally understand. I was SO ready to pit, man.
Slaves are crap. That's all I have to say. Never liked them anyway but after seeing Frank Carter put on a proper Punk show the day before, the "cor blimey Mary Poppins!" 'Punk' of Slaves was never going to do anything for me.
Eagles of Death Metal were mind numbingly dull for me. That front man did my head in. I genuinely just wished he would shut up and play more boring songs instead of rambling on between every song.
Saw a little of the Courteeners, they went down a storm with the crowd because we were up North, obviously the amount of flares was insane, never seen anything like it.
Imagine Dragons were boring too, I thought. Crowd was really big and seemed to enjoy it though.
RHCP was a nice, chilled ending to the weekend. Thought they were good, sounded good too but we're just a little boring. They don't talk to the crowd much, but at least they played a decent setlist. Nice end to the weekend.
Overall, lineup wise, it was definitely the worst since I have been doing full weekend (2012). I really do hope next year brings a little more excitement. Top 5 for 2016 in order: Frank Carter, Biffy, Foals, Die Antwoord & Modern Baseball.