The White Stripes

Leeds Festival 2004 review

published: Thu 2nd Sep 2004

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2004
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
£105 for weekend (sold out), any day £45 (still available)
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Wed 4th Aug 2004

After seeing Green Day, and The Darkness headline over the previous two nights, I was hoping that this was going to be the best finale to a Leeds festival ever- how mistaken I was.

After that infamous finger accident which caused them to pull out of headlining last year, you would have thought that they would have done something spectacular to close the Leeds festival and make up for their cancellation last year. However it wasn’t to be.

From the opening song which I couldn’t work out as it just sounded like a cat drowning in a bag, then they proceeded to make more warbled sounds, with Meg just keeping a simple drum beat going. Talk about money for old rope. Some people argue that The White Stripes are good, I’m sorry but I can’t see the appeal. Am I missing the biggest joke of all time? The fact that they were even invited to headline is the all time biggest joke ever!!!

The White Stripes

After about half an hour I was on the verge of scratching my eyes out with my fingernails as these two so called musicians created some noise on the main stage. It wasn’t just me who felt this way - as many people were walking away from the main stage after about thirty minutes.

Admittedly I was impressed with ‘Seven Nation Army’, which they conveniently played at the very end of their set, so that they could keep you watching, otherwise if they had started with that track no one would be left in the arena.
review by: Luke Seagrave

photos by: Luke Seagrave

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2004
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
£105 for weekend (sold out), any day £45 (still available)
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Wed 4th Aug 2004


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