Metallica rock to end Leeds' first day in style

Leeds Festival 2008 review

published: Thu 28th Aug 2008

Metallica

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2008
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Wed 20th Aug 2008

The sun was shining today which was a good start so a light refreshment was on the cards. Now we all know that you're not going to pay the prices of your local at a festival but charging you extra for your cup may be a little extreme. Other festivals run the cup refund scheme but maybe they chose not to advertise the fact they charge you in addition to your drink although £4 for a pint seemed rather steep.

As I wandered down to the main stage the Plain White T's were on stage their catchy tunes were rather uplifting and I stuck around to catch more of their set than intended, no surprises that ‘Hey There Delilah’got their biggest sing a long.

The last time I saw Lethal Bizzle he was being booed off stage and used as target practice for free pots of Muller Rice so to give a guy a second chance I headed up to the dance stage to catch the man himself. His set included a cover of House Of Pain's 'Jump Around' and the ever-popular 'Bizzle, Bizzle'. Throughout his set he was making reference to the crowd at Download Festival and encouraged his new audience to boo them. His final song 'Pow' saw him climb onto a speaker to which the crowd went wild.

Avenged Sevenfold

I was looking forward to Avenged Sevenfold but did find it slightly annoying that they made the audience feel like we should be grateful for the fact they actually turned up (they didn't at Reading) and spent some of the set moaning about how ill they were, this was no doubt the reason they played a shortened set. They made someone's day though, a young girl was plucked from the mosh pit at the front and brought onto stage, to start with she just looked like she wanted to pass out but she soon tried to sing along to the end of the track.

With the extra time gained before the next band I thought I'd squeeze in a spot of dinner, always for me a dreaded experience being quite particular about not wanting to consume pink burgers or sausages and not being a lover of chips, but to be honest I'm slightly spoilt for choice. Festival food has definitely taken a turn in the right direction over the past couple of years and I can't fault the selection on offer.

I find myself a stone baked pizza stall and hand over the best part of £10 for my food and drink but for once it was well worth it the food was fab, a return visit tomorrow me thinks.

Maybe the band I was most looking forward to today are Feeder, I personally think they are a great live band and have yet to disappoint me. Lead singer Grant Nicholas has enough energy for the both of us and I soon find my aching legs bouncing me up and down. The boys don't let me down today ripping through hits such as 'Pushing The Sense', 'Feeling a Moment' and 'Lost and Found' but the songs that leave me with a smile on my face are the very catchy 'Just a Day' and what I see as their most memorable song 'Buck Rogers' as I look around I'm not the only one smiling.

Tenacious D

How could I now walk away and miss what is sure to be an interesting show, as soon as a 6 foot lizard aka Kyle Gass appears on stage it seems sticking around was a good idea. From beginning to end this duo are funny, Jack Black asked "Dude, why are you dressed as a lizard?" Gass simply replied "You told me to" Black then insisting he said "Wizard". Tenacious D were left in the spot of warming up the crowd for Metallica in the absence of Slipknot and they did just that. 'Beelzeboss', 'Keilbasa' and 'Wonderboy' were all acted out to the crowd. The best moment for me was 'Tribute' at one point I could only hear the voices around me and not the ones on stage, a great moment.

So could Metallica finish off day one of Leeds Festival in style, of course they could. It's hard to believe that some of their songs are older than most of the audience. 'Master of Puppets' being released in 1986 but this didn't stop the flame throwers and fireworks amazing all, I know a certain guy stood next to me was like a little kid in a sweetie shop.
review by: Julie Weston

photos by: Luke Seagrave

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2008
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Wed 20th Aug 2008


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