Placebo win hands down as the band of Leeds festival

Leeds Festival 2009 review

published: Fri 4th Sep 2009

Placebo

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August 2009
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
weekend £175 - SOLD OUT, £70 a day for Friday, or Saturday only
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Thu 20th Aug 2009

Placebo once again managed to shock me this year at Leeds Festival, because they were quite literally amazing live. They quite literally win hands down as the band of the festival.

Placebo
Brian Molko and crew strolled onto the stage presenting all of the punters with something I had never seen Brian do, which was smile. Jesus this wasn't right, it is Brian Molko the mardy temper tantrum throwing spoilt brat who whines and moans if a little bottle comes anywhere near him on stage. But no, there he was smiling like a Cheshire cat from ear to ear, and looking like he has been working out and he looks healthier for it too.

For once Brian decided to let the music do the talking, and the fans lapped it up. Opening with 'Kitty Litter', Brian was bouncing round the stage like a schoolboy who had been given way too many sherbet dips.

Immediately it was obvious that Brian had clearly worked hard to look healthy again and in doing so the band seem to have rekindled that spark that they first had when they started out all of those years ago.

The set was delivered with such passion and energy, that it really was one of the moments where you genuinely felt as if we were watching the makings of a future headlining band. Their set included 'The Bitter End' and 'Special K', and even though they missed out all of my favourite tracks such as 'Nancy Boy' and 'This Picture' and 'Pure Morning' however I was amazed that Placebo had managed to capture the attention of the young crowd without relying on their biggest hits. That alone shows that Placebo could quite easily be on the crest of their second wave.... fingers crossed!

A headline slot surely beckons!!!

Placebo
review by: Luke Seagrave

photos by: Luke Seagrave

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August 2009
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
weekend £175 - SOLD OUT, £70 a day for Friday, or Saturday only
daily capacity: 55000
last updated: Thu 20th Aug 2009


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