Leeds Festival 2012

Leeds Festival 2012 - around the festival site (1)
Photo credit: Luke Seagrave

Leeds Festival 2012

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND, England MAP
£197.50 for a weekend ticket, £85 any day
Daily capacity: 79,999
Last updated: Mon 20th Aug 2012

From punk and metal, through rock, alternative and indie to dance and nu rave, Leeds offers 80,000 music fans a chance to see hot new acts, and local bands beside big established ones, plus the odd exclusive performance.

The dates for Leeds Festival 2012 are confirmed as on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August at Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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around the festival site (2)


The opening night is headlined by Foo Fighters with their only UK appearances of the year, The Cure headline Saturday with their only UK shows this year, and Kasabian will make their only festival appearances in England and Wales of 2012 closing Leeds on Sunday.

Also confirmed are NME/Radio 1 headliners The Maccabees, At The Drive-In and Justice with Metronomy topping the bill on the Dance Stage. Other bands also announced are Paramore and The Black Keys with their only UK festival appearances, Florence + The Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Bullet For My Valentine, All Time Low, The Gaslight Anthem, Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles, Angels & Airwaves, Coheed & Cambria, Cancer Bats, Deaf Havana, The Vaccines, Enter Shikari, The Shins, OFWGKTA, Mystery Jets, Blood Red Shoes, Eagles Of Death Metal, Band Of Skulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Sleigh Bells, The Subways, Veronica Falls, Feeder, Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis, Bassnectar (DJ Set), The View, The Futureheads, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2:54, Alberta Cross, Alt-J, Bastille, Blood or Whiskey, Citizens!, Deap Vally, S.C.U.M, The Cast of Cheers, The Knux, The Minutes, Theme Park, Toy, Young Guns, We Are Augustines, Zulu Winter.Foster the People, The Courteeners, The Cribs, Billy Talent, Miike Snow, Two Door Cinema Club, The Horrors, SBTRKT, Katy B, Azealia Banks, and more. For the details to-date please see here.


General sale tickets priced at £197.50 for a weekend ticket are on sale, along with day tickets at £85, and early entry tickets (enabling festival goers to get into the site on the Wednesday, at £15), with campervan passes priced at £60, and lockers £15.

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Children under 13 (12 and under) are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Please note there is no separate children's area at this event, and eFestivals considers this an event not really suitable for small children.

There will be no box office selling tickets on site at Leeds this year.

Ticket instalment plan

There were two schemes, a two-part scheme and a four-part scheme, available to buy tickets from Seetickets, Ticketmaster and Ticketline.

The Two-part scheme involved an initial payment of £98.75 plus an £8 booking fee. This will be followed by making a second payment of £98.75 plus a postage fee priced at £5.25 per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking).

The Four-part scheme requires an initial payment of £49.38 plus the £8 booking fee per ticket. Followed by two more monthly instalments at £49.38, and then a final £49.38 payment plus £5.25 postage fee per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking).

If a payment is missed, or you decide you no longer want to attend the festival, a refund on the amount already paid is not possible. The four-part scheme offer ended once there is less than four months to go before the festival, but the two-part will still be on offer.

Coach travel

Travel to Leeds Festival with National Express.


No aerosols (over 250ml) or gas canisters this year. Those wanting to cook need to bring disposable BBQs, trangias or solid fuel stoves. Anyone seen with canisters or cylinders will be ejected from site.

This year only small, clean, campfires only are allowed in the campsites they must be kept below knee height and less than one pace wide. They will be monitored and extinguished if otherwise.

Organised bonfire displays will be held onsite at Yellow bubble, Red and Orange campsites.

Once again this year no flags will be allowed to be taken into the festival arena, as they obstruct the view of people behind.

Disabled info

Festival Republic produces a guide to Disabled Access and Facilities for all it's festivals, which includes details of the 2-for-1 ticket scheme. Please request a booklet and application form on 020 8961 5490.


Campsite will open on Thursday morning at 3am (23rd August), and early bird permit holders have access from 2pm Wednesday 22nd August. On site facilities include: Bars, Cash Points, First Aid & Paramedics, Food & Non Food Stalls, Information.

Getting there

As with previous years organisers Festival Republic are keen to encourage festival goers to respect the local residents and the environment, and to encourage everyone to leave their cars at home.

There are special National Express and See Coaches festival services running directly into the site from all over the UK.

The Car Share scheme:
Find someone travelling your way to save yourself some money, be kind to the planet and have fun travelling with other festival goers. Visit the festival's car share partner goCarShare.com and go together www.goCarShare.com

Shuttle bus services (Leeds and York Stations):
There are regular shuttle bus services to and from Leeds Railway Station (Sovereign Street), Leeds Bus Station and York Railway Station run by Geldards Coaches straight into site.

car: Please travel to the A1, M1 or the A1(M) whether you are coming from the north, south, east or west and then follow the signs from the motorway. All routes to Leeds Festival start from the A1(M). Please follow the signage on the routes rather than checking against a map or using sat nav. Remember that traffic levels on the routes to the festival will be heavy, so please act responsibly and drive very carefully and safely.

Please travel at a safe but reasonable speed. If every car hesitates or holds up the traffic for one more minute than is necessary, it would take nearly a fortnight to get everyone in. The volume of cars attending Leeds Festival means that the success of the parking plan relies on each vehicle following the signs from the motorway, do not stop on the roads, park as directed and, most of all, travel to the festival safely. The access roads have temporary 'no stopping' traffic orders on them and the police will be enforcing this. Remember to use the toilet before you get near the site and please respect the environment and don't drop litter on your way to or from the festival.

Once onsite, please follow the instructions of the traffic marshalls and park where they direct you. You can get to all of the campsites from all of the car parks. The car parks are filled in a particular order to maximise the volume of cars coming into site at peak periods. Where you end up parking completely depends on your time of arrival. So if you have been before, don't try and battle across the site to head for a favourite parking space, but instead follow the directions of the marshalls. All of the car parks are within reasonable reach of a campsite gate.

Dropping off:
If you are dropping someone off or picking someone up, please again follow the signage from the A1(M) and then pick up the drop off signage once you have left the A1(M).

More information will be here when available.

Below is the eFestivals' video of Leeds festival 2008.

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