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Top 5 for me in no order:

QOTSA, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Marmozets and Korn.

Casey, Danny Brown and Liam Gallagher were all also very good.

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Favourite 5 in any order 

Yonaka- really impressed me live, great way to kick off the festival 

idles - the crowd was fantastic, they were hectic and it was an awesome sound to be at , first crowd surf as well so there's that 

frank Carter- I always fangirl over him, was a short set and without Fangs or juggernaut but still delivered for me 

Marmozets - 'Play' was very good live , which I wasn't expecting, and I've been meaning to see them for a while, they did not disappoint 

MUSE - well fuck. Simply speechless.

 

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Went to Leeds for the first time this year on the Sunday (being a usual regular at Reading) and I thought the crowds were generally a lot smaller and more tame at Leeds. Of the acts I saw, Superfood, Everything Everything and Frank Carter were fantastic. 

Also was it me or was Eminem lip syncing throughout his set...?

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Friday

Started with Palisades. Not heard them before but sounded ok. Bigish crowd for that time of the day and they really got into it.

Saw a bit of Mallory Knox who were good, played to more people than I expected.

Moved onto Puppy after a few songs. Not the biggest of crowds which is a shame as this band are brilliant. Great set.

Stayed in the pit for a bit as I had a gap. WSTR were up next. Found these pretty rubbish but had a big crowd who were loving it. Seemingly only Neck Deep can do pop punk music well in this country.

Counterfeit were up next. A small role in Harry Potter will set you up for life. Tent full of screaming teenage girls. Performance was fine.

Over to main for Jimmy Eat World. Never fail. So many cracking songs in their arsenal, crowd wasn't that into them until The Middle.

Back to the pit. Caught the end of Tigers Jaw who sounded great. Never heard of them before but will checking them out.

Boston Manor were up next. Saw them at Download and they were good and were again at Reading. Still don't dig them enough to really check out and album though.

Arcane Roots are brilliant. Many more people in the crowd than I expected. Not sure I enjoyed them as much as the couple more or less having sex on the floor near me but still brilliant none the less.

Queens up next. Still amazed Josh can perform when clearly off his nut. Great as usual.

Saw a bit of You Me at Six who sounded good and had a bigger crowd than most here anticipated.

Finished the night with Billy Talent who smashed it, great crowd too.

Saturday

Moose blood were first band for me. Good performance, not sure they're suited to main stages just yet.

Pretty Reckless followed. Pretty naff. Massive crowd though.

Pvris were very good. Enjoyed them more than I expected.

Over to the NME stage for Marmozets. Sound started a bit muddy but cleared up and they put on a great show. New songs sounded impressive.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes absolutely tore the place a new one. Nice light show too.

Caught the end of At the Drive In from the back of their massive crowd....so about 6 rows back. 

Korn smashed their set, never been their biggest fan but really enjoyed this.

Major Lazer up next. Not my cup of tea but fine.

Watched a bit of Eminem but the crowd was quite unbearable where I was so we decided to head home.

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Boston Manor were bloody fantastic at Leeds. Laika might be my favourite song I've heard this year. Their crowd was fanatic. 

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3 hours ago, Chavmeisterdeluxe said:

Counterfeit were up next. A small role in Harry Potter will set you up for life. Tent full of screaming teenage girls. Performance was fine.

He also looks very good. Nobody would be screaming for [white] Crabbe.

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Had a fantastic weekend in Reaidng once again, my highlights - -

Idles -First band i saw (other than 5 mins of Puppy) as i had overindulged the Thursday night.Fantastic, great crowd, great performance.Loved it.

Broken Witt Rebels - Went over to the Jack Rocks bar to see these.Some clssic rock tracks,very enjoyble.Jack rocks was a cool little bar/stage by the way.

Jimmy Eat World -  Same set that I've seen them do many times before at festivals but,if im honest, i dont really want them to change it.

Tigers Jaw and Boston Manor - sort of half watched them both from the side of the tent.Both seemed top quality but not really my thing.

Arcane Roots - What an amazing band! Seen them many times and their performance and songwriting is awesome.

QOTSA -Can't believe how good this was.Amazing bonus.Was in the second row right in the middle.Brilliant.

Billy Talent - Biggest surprise in a long time.Ive seen them before and listened them loads of times but they were absolutely amazing on Friday.Great performance and they seemed a step up in quality from the other bands in the Lock-up that day.Finished the day on a real high.

Marmozets - What a frontwoman.Crowd loved it.Can see them getting big with their new album.Even their new single 'Play' which sounds a bit too polished on record sounded great live.

Frank Carter - Seen him four times this year, still not bored.Unstoppable.

At the drive-in - I must have different ears to everyone else.Everyone thought they were crap, everyone hated them, I loved them.I loved them last time they played(very drunk to be fair) and i loved their widely panned latest album.

Korn - Brilliant.Never thought I'd see them at Reading.Loads of classics left off the setlist but i suppose thats to be expected.

Turbowolf - Seen this band many times supporting almost everyone in Bristol.Never fails to entertain.I love this band.

Carpenter Brut - For some reason I loved these.No idea why.Will check out again at a festival(prob wont pay to watch their own show though)

Japandroids - Was going to watch half an hour of Eminem while I was waiting for While she Sleeps but the crowd for Eminiem ws HUGE and sound was terrible so watched Japandroids instead, good decision.Crowd seemed to grow as the set went on so seems like loads did the same.

While she Sleeps - Real metal.More please.Can see these getting a good slot at Download next year.

Muncie Girls,Culture abuse,Tired Lion - Nothing overly exciting about all three of these,lost interest in all three halfway through their sets.Only notable points were the fact that the  Tired Lion vocalists voice was grating on me and Culture Abuse had some sort of implosion at the end of their set.

Breaking Benjamin- Wow! Packed tent, massive singalong,seemed like everyone in the tent knew every single word and screamed them at the top of their voices.Brilliant.

Ash - Barely had time to clap Breaking Benjamin before rushing the short distance to the FR tent for Ash.This band is perfect for festivals.Classic after classic.Will never tire of watching these.Their tenth Reading, if they play another 10 I wont complain.

Gnarwolves - Dont know if it was them or me but they couldnt compete with the Ash\BB double whammy.Still love them though.

Muse - I know they arent everyones cup of tea but they have been amazing every time i have seen them and Sunday was no different.I'm resisting saying it is the best ive seen them cos i seem to say that every time i see them but they totally blew me away.Fantastic.Brian Johnson turning up for Back in Black just topped it, huge surprise.Best festival surprise guest ever for me.10/10

General - Had a great weekend once again.Managed to avoid most of the idiots that many have mentioned on here.My top tip for avoiding dickheads is to avoid going near stages with 'radio 1' or 'dance' in the title, works for me.In fact, I would say tht the average age of festival goers was slightly higher than normal this year, though there was a lot of very young stewards and bar staff.Lovely weather helped make the weekend better and at some points people were complaining it was too hot.After 2016s Download and Glastonbury I'll never complain its too hot.

Roll on next year

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Excellent Leeds this year helped by brilliant weather. 10 mins of rain on Friday morning. Dust was the enemy rather than mud.

Lafontaines - early start for these. Tent empty to dtart with but filled up. Sound was initially shite but they got it right eventually. Tried hard and won the crowd over 7/10

QoTSA - Initially gave me TCV flashbacks from the most boring set ever but came good. 6/10

Architects -  Emotional. 7/10

Muncie Girls - Dunno if it was a bad set or they are just crap. Wasn't impressed. Also, that fringe. Just no. 4/10

Blossoms - Surprised how good they were. Not really my thing but they nailed it. 7/10

Don Broco - Wasn't initially sure it was them as singer had short hair the last time I saw them :) Were v good 8/10

Breaking Benjamin - Killed it. wat too short a set 9/10

Ash - Always good 7/10

Muse - If teh fuckers had done Citizen Erased they would have got a 10. 9/10

Sat.

Deap Vally - My love affair with the drummer continues 8/10

Mallory Knox - Sometimes hit or miss. They were a hit this time 8/10

Puppy - never heard of them, will check out now. Great performance. Find of the festival 9/10

Idles - I prefer my music and politics on separate plates please but otherwise outstanding 9/10

Jimmy Eat World - Seen live three times, never listened to any of their stuff really. Must change that. 8/10

*beer and "crisps" interval back at van. Stopped when we realised it was dark and we could hear Kasabian*

Billy Talent - Smashed it. Great set, great crowd. 9/10

Sun

Mooseblood - seemed less angry than I last saw them in the Pit. Good start to day 6/10

Pretty Reckless - Talented girl but lacks something. 6.5/10

PVRIS - Disappointing for me. Weak vocals and before long it really reminded me of how much I hated London Grammar when I saw them and had to walk away. So I walked away from this too. Shame as I quite like them on album. Or at least I did. 4/10

Tigercub - Good sound. Will check out their stuff now 7/10

Marmozets - Let down of the weekend. Was pumped for this but the sound in NME was shit. Listened to a few and decided that Vukovi might be better. Shame as when we went outside of NME and picked up different speakers it sounded good but we were now committed to going to Pit. 5/10

Vukovi - Fun band with good tunes. Really enjoyed them 7/10

Frank Carter - Someone else considerably less angry than the last time I saw him :) Great performer. 9/10

Korn - Everything absolutely spot on. What surprised me was the amount of youngsters enjoying them. It's like at L/R 3rd down they are considered an exciting band on the rise but at Download as sub they are seen as an old tired band on the way down. Weather and beer may have something to do with these perceptions :). BoTW 10/10

Turbowolf - Really felt for them as placing meant the tent was pretty empty but they went at it hard as flamboyantly as ever. 7/10

Carpenter Brut -  Was knackered by this stage so sat at back with a beer and listened to these for the 1st time. Don't get synthwave but I suppose it was ok back ground music as I chatted and people watched. 5/10

One OK Rock - Like a Japanese don Broco. Helluva talented singer and very tight band. It's a bit too boy band and contrived but no doubting the ability. 7/10

While She Sleeps - Had to choose between screamy band or talky man who mimes. Chose screamy band. Had seen them supporting BFMV and it wasn't memorable but this was. Great set, great atmosphere and the crowd were lapping up every second of it. I'm never going to like screamy stuff as my main intake but when I have to this lot will do. 8/10

I was in the campervan field again. It was moved this year but they ran out of room and had to improvise with other space. Dunno if there was a last minute rush on sales. Camping looked slightly more civilised than I've seen it before on the walk in. The arena felt as busy as i've seen it and bar queues were a bit daft on Sunday afternoon. I had water instead a couple of times FFS!!! 

 

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Went to the Saturday of Leeds, first time at the festival and I absolutely loved it. Weather was perfect and got to see some bloody amazing sets. Thought I'd share my thoughts on acts too

Judas: Got into the arena near the end of the set but sounded good to start the day. Personally I quite like their sound and I think they could get bigger and bigger -  7/10

The Amazons: Probably my second favourite set of the festival they were insane, packed out the tent and I still can't figure out why they were so far down the bill. Can't wait to go to a full show of theirs in October they kick started the day for me - 9/10

The Orwells: Some good songs but took them a while to get going. Pulled an okay crowd but I was more interested in the bands coming after them - 5/10

Declan McKenna: Very very good. He's an incredible showman climbing up the sides of the stage and putting himself right in the middle of his own mosh pit. - 8/10

Oh Wonder: Decided to see them instead of Circa Waves as I like their music and have seen Circa Waves earlier in the year. They were good very good stage lights and very passionate and my girlfriend loved them. Do like their music a lot I find it very catchy and am happy I saw them although the crowd was very small because of Circa Waves on the main stage - 7.5/10

Jimmy Eat World: Feel a lot of people did not appreciate them. Missed the start of their set getting food but they sounded excellent. Think they would've been more suited to headlining the NME stage but unsurprisingly The Middle was incredible - 7/10

Two Door Cinema Club: Saw them earlier in the year and I think I preferred them then to now. Still put in a very good set although missed some of my personal favourite songs by them. Where was sleep alone?! Crowd was massive for them but I don't think they're big enough to headline - 8/10

Bastille: Another band I'd seen on their earlier tour. Personally thought Dan was carrying a cold or something didn't quite sound himself but still put in a great set and were clearly very humbled to be that high up the lineup. Girlfriends favourite act of the day and she's now begging me to take her to see them in concert - 8.5/10

Kasabian: The band I was most hyped to see and they didn't disappoint. Also seemed to be the only band more excited to be at Leeds than at Reading. Very emotional throughout their set but played it to perfection. Only disappointment is the set length, I know them and Eminem are very different but he did 33 songs compared to their 18. Even so still my highlight of the weekend, cannot fault them - 10/10

Personally didn't have too many issues with clashes, only real clashes were Circa Waves, The Magic Gang and Reginald D Hunter but overall a fantastic weekend

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Went to Reading for the Saturday only this year on my own, meeting up with friends once I arrived, as have been an Eminem fan for years and had to pass up the opportunity to see him the last two times he's been in the UK (2013 and 2014) so couldn't pass this one up. Travelling there was an absolute nightmare, what genius schedules works at Euston for the bank holiday weekend? Didn't arrive until well past 3 so missed a few acts, but what I did see was pretty decent. 

Migos- were alright, not too sure why Quavo wasn't with them, he's easily the most well known of the 3 but for some reason didn't appear. Ten to 4 was an odd time for them, especially on the Main Stage, but drew a respectable crowd nonetheless. 

Abra Cadbra- very very good, not a massive crowd on the 1xtra stage but got them going and Robbery was easily the highlight, with about 20 people all on stage at once. Great atmosphere

Frank Carter- again. very very good. Being a fellow Watford boy I liked him but even more so now, knows how to work a crowd and although I'm not massively familiar with his songs, it was good enough for me to enjoy

Jax Jones- Dance tent was absolutely rammed and I mean rammed. Could barely get in but the 15 or so minutes I was there it looked incredible, with people going nuts. Highlight was definitely 'You Don't Know Me' which got a massive reaction. 

Major Lazer- brilliant. Looked like they wanted to be there and they were enjoying themselves. Played a bunch of their hits, and an overall great hour or so. Only negative was the crowd. Me and a friend positioned ourselves to the left of the stage but not too far from the front as to get a good spot for Eminem (we both are fans of Major Lazer anyway so that helped) but I did not anticipate the amount of craziness. Moshpit after moshpit after moshpit. I counted at least 20 people run and shove their way out due to not being able to cope. I am asthmatic and I was getting crushed and was unable to breathe at points. I eventually couldn't take it anymore so left, and after finding a spot where we could stand, rest but still enjoy the music I was okay. It was utter madness. But ML were very good. 

Eminem- wow. I know people accuse him of miming etc but I can assure you he wasn't. The only times he didn't rap was either to catch his breathe (which is perfectly understandable) or to talk to the crowd. Played 33 songs in just over 90 minutes, which compared to Kasabians 18 is not bad at all. Looked like he was enjoying himself which is in stark contrast to what I've heard about his 2013 headline performance. Highlight was almost definitely 'Lose Yourself' which to this day amazes me as a song. The lyrics are so meaningful and there's no wonder it's his best song. Been waiting years to see him live and it didn't disappoint. Would be very surprised if he came back for R&L though, maybe a stadium tour in a years time and then I think he might call it a day. But am so glad I can say I've seen him live. 

 

Overall a very pleasant day, will almost certainly go again next year, although the lineup will dictate whether I weekend it or just go for a day.

Special mention must go to the 2 idiots who climbed the speakers during Eminem's set. First one wasn't so bad as he got to the top, then shit himself at the height and proceeded to sit down on the bars. The second one however, I'm shocked he didn't fall. He was waving his arms about like he wanted the crowd to make him jump; had he fallen he'd have seriously injured himself and loads of others, even worse he could have killed himself. Utter imbecile. Thoughts also go out to the family and friends of the boy who did die early Monday morning. How he died doesn't matter really, 17 is far far too young to go. 

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Mosh pits for Major Lazer? Must have been brutal. I would imagine that only the wall of death at Florence and the Machine could have been a more harrowing experience :)

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21 minutes ago, devilman said:

Mosh pits for Major Lazer? Must have been brutal. I would imagine that only the wall of death at Florence and the Machine could have been a more harrowing experience :)

I think you're underestimating what's popular with R&L's main target audience now. Both Major Lazer and Giggs had pits that looked way more fun and committed than what Architects had. I tried my best during These Colours Don't Run, I really did. Sixteen year olds fly surprisingly far when you physically pick them up and chuck them out of the way to make some space :lol: 

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21 minutes ago, devilman said:

Mosh pits for Major Lazer? Must have been brutal. I would imagine that only the wall of death at Florence and the Machine could have been a more harrowing experience :)

I think you're underestimating what's popular with R&L's main target audience now. Both Major Lazer and Giggs had pits that looked way more fun and committed than what Architects had. I tried my best during These Colours Don't Run, I really did. Sixteen year olds fly surprisingly far when you physically pick them up and chuck them out of the way to make some space :lol: 

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14 minutes ago, Andre91 said:

I think you're underestimating what's popular with R&L's main target audience now. Both Major Lazer and Giggs had pits that looked way more fun and committed than what Architects had. I tried my best during These Colours Don't Run, I really did. Sixteen year olds fly surprisingly far when you physically pick them up and chuck them out of the way to make some space :lol:

Architects were early though. Never ceases to amaze me at Leeds how busy the campsite is during the day. I'm sure a lot of people don't see any bands at all!  I don't think I've taken part in a festival pit this year although I've waded through a few to get pals up surfing. Actually I'm struggling to remember one I've ever done at Leeds. Probably for the reasons you state. When you've played 2nd row forward for 25 years, jumping into what looks like a bunch of infants weighing half what you do playing ring a roses just doesn't feel right. :) 

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9 minutes ago, devilman said:

 

Architects were early though. Never ceases to amaze me at Leeds how busy the campsite is during the day. I'm sure a lot of people don't see any bands at all!  I don't think I've taken part in a festival pit this year although I've waded through a few to get pals up surfing. Actually I'm struggling to remember one I've ever done at Leeds. Probably for the reasons you state. When you've played 2nd row forward for 25 years, jumping into what looks like a bunch of infants weighing half what you do playing ring a roses just doesn't feel right. :) 

Giggs was on right after Architects and as soon as they left the stage people just swarmed to the stage. The crowd dwarfed what Architects had just half an hour before. 

I actually loved seeing it. Giggs was brilliant and the crowd was wild. It was cool to see the younger kids losing it and having a great time. I guess its the same as when I was going at 17 and pitting to You Me At Six, people who were 25 at the time and had been used to seeing band like Dillinger and RATM must have thought, 'What the hell are these kids going mental to this for?' 

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31 minutes ago, JSmurphy said:

I just caught the highlights of At The Drive-In's set. Jeez. It looked rough. Was it any good in person?

Watched maybe 10 minutes, dogshit, it's like they were a completely different band to the one who recorded the stuff and had spent one play through of each song practicing.

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