This year's line up for Leeds Festival appeared to be more diverse than in previous years with acts that appealed to a wide age range from the young female teenagers who just cant get enough of Babymetal, and Mumford & Sons to the ageing rock fans who adore Metallica.
Over the many many years that I have attended Leeds Festival, I have always just parked myself in front of the main stage and not bothered with the other thought that this year they would attempt to catch some of the bands on the smaller stages and see what hidden gems I could stumble across.
So the first gleaming gem I came across was Cancer Bats. No strangers to playing at festivals, they didn’t let being on a small stage dampen their live performance. They brought their hardcore punk sound to the crowd and left no one in any doubt that they are worthy of being a main stage act at next years festivals.
Another band that appeared to pull a gigantic crowd which caused queues outside the Lock Up stage tent was Frnkiero And The Cellabration. Possibly one reason that this band puled such an herculean sized crowd was because vocalist Frank Lero used to be in the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. However Frnkiero And The Cellabration proved that they are a band with a different sound to his former band. They have developed a gritty grunge rock sound which has been expertly developed by Frnkiero and the Cellabration.
The Libertines appeared to be back to their former selves on the main stage, although for me they haven’t really done anything noteworthy in the last ten years and so questions need to be raised as to why they deserved to be headlining the mainstage.
Saturday, the main arena was jam packed with teenage girls worshipping their idols such as Alt-J, and Mumford & Sons. Whilst those bands were entertaining the youngsters, I trundled off to catch some of the bands which I had never heard of. One such band was Sunset Sons. Their sound is a refreshing vibrant melodic pop music sound. They clearly know how to write a song that has an infectious hook.
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