Fri 27 Aug – Leeds Festival 2010
Oooohh just had the best sleep ever since getting back on the train after lunch. Fucking exploded when I got home, completely violated the toilet like!!
Anyway......... The highlight for me was undoubtedly The Libertines, was right near the front. Absolutely incredible as for the others, ill do a player rating type system
Friday - Just stayed on the main stage most the day
Arcade Fire -9.5 Absolutely superb as expected, all my mates went to see Pendulum instead (do like them too), but I know I made the right choice. Dont think ive seen a main stage headliner crowd that small before in all the 6 years ive been to Leeds fest, which is a shame as they are amazing.
The Libertines - 10 Incredible, been waiting for that moment for a long time, just hit after hit, was right near the front and there was quite a bit of crushing going on, came out pretty bruised and battered.
Dizzee Rascal -7 Got the crowd going in the glorious sunshine
The Cribs - 7.5 Good set from The Cribs
The Maccabees - 6 Dont like them that much, its nice music, but not very inspiring
Modest Mouse - 7.5 Started pissing it down when these came on, gave a great thunderous performance, proper toe tapping stuff to keep warm
Gaslight Anthem -7 Only really heard 59 sound before festival, so wasnt familiar with the other songs, but thought they were decent
Mystery Jets - 6.5 Really like them, but rating goes down as the sound didnt seem right for the first few songs
The Futureheads - 9.5 One of the bands of the weekend, seen them several times and this was one of the best ive seen them
The Walkmen - 7 Didnt know there stuff, but was a really nice start to the weekend
Saturday - Rubbish mainstage, so just stayed in the NME tent all day
Klaxons - 6.5 Wasnt the best headliner tbh, did too much of the new album which only came out 2 days before festival. Were still ok
We Are Scientists - 8 Brilliant performers as ever, very entertaining. One of my favourite bands
Foals - 7.5 - Amazing set spoiled as the sound was far too quiet, speakers needed turning up
Band Of Horses - 6.5 - Nice relaxing chilled out music.
Kele - 9 - Best performance of the day, fucking amazing atmosphere + 5 Bloc Party songs.
The Drums - 6 - Slighlty dissapointed by them, plus they left out Lets Go Surfing
Wild Beasts - 7 - Really entertaining
Los Campesinos - 6.5 - Pretty lively and energetic performance
Abandonman - 3 rubbish comedian we saw for 15-20 minutes when having dinner, saw the guy who plays Angelos Epethemou walking past in his normal clothes too, also saw Steven K Amos watchign him
Local Natives - 7 - Enjoyable, but guitarist needs a shave
The Joy Formidable -7 - Decent way to open the set, the blooming woman was smashign her guitar up most the set.
Sunday - The crowd were fucking lifeless all day, felt sorry for most the bands that played, just an unresponsive crowd for almost everything. We were all tired, but come on people enjoy yourselves!!!
Guns N' Roses - 9.5 Really like GNR but came into the set with no expectations except thinking it was gonna be awful and that Axl Rose was going to walk off or turn up late (he did), so after a cagey first couple of songs where he looked knackered and kept wandering off the stage to have about 6 costume changes, GNR really stepped up and played a fantastic set. Very impressive against all the odds.
Queens Of The Stoneage - 8 You know what you get with QOTSA, just pure quality as ever.
Biffy Clyro - 7.5 Massive crowd, seemed that a few people wernt familiar with the older songs they played, qas quite funny when they had the sound problems and he threw the amp off stage. ALSO wtf has he done to his hair and beard?......
Yeasayer - 6 Only watched a couple of songs as I went to get my hoodie from my tent as it was freezing
The Bink Pink - 2 Appalling crowd, felt really sorry for the band, but they were also boring, but you could see it was hard for them having a lifeless crowd...other than Dominoes, But probably worst band of weekend
Two Door Cinema Club - 8 Were in the top 3 bands I wanted to see this weekend but part of the set clashed with one of the others in Gogol Bordello so missed first few songs, but they were absolutely amazing
Gogol Bordello 8 - Amazing live band, but the crowd were dissapointing, should of been jigging and jumping around like any GB show does
Billy Talent - 1 Saw a bit of these to get a good spot for GB, Is this shit actually for real? God awfu
lNew Young Pony Club - 7 Good performance, despite a subdued crowd, im in love with the female Keyboardist
Surfer Blood - 7 - Another enjoyable new band,
Frankie And The Heartstrings - 7 Kinda has some sort of 50's sound to it, really enjoyable
Young Guns - 0 Dear me, fucking woeful!
All in all a superb weekend. As always. Met some great people along the way. At 22 years of age, I started to feel quite old at this festival, seemed more youngsters than usual (maybe because there are a lot of 'new' bands around?, either that or Im getting older) My fav 5 were The Libs, Arcade Fire, GNR, The Futureheads and Kele.
Just going to have to catch up on the lack of sleep from all weekend now.Plus, The thought of anymore alcohol for the next couple of days is pretty off putting.
Been watching the highlights on BBC3 and BBCi since I got back. Already miss it