When: 25th – 27th June 2017
Where: Bramham Park, Leeds
Ticket Prices: Range from £70-£213
Living up to its legendary festival status, Leeds brings Reading Festival’s insane line-up to the north of the country. In previous years Leeds has been home to some of the biggest names in music, including Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down. And this year is no exception, with festival legends Kasabian, Muse and Eminem taking the headline spots on the main stage.
Bringing a mix of all the best names in rock, grime and alternative, you can be sure to expect a diverse weekend, as well as one of the muddiest atmospheres imaginable thanks to the northern weather. But the community spirit of the campsite means no-one feels the same of getting messy.
On Friday 25th, Leeds Festival will be home to Liam Gallagher’s highly anticipated solo performance, as one of the most recognised faces in British music. Muse will also be bringing their high-octane performances back to Reading and Leeds Festival. Known for their huge events filled with robots and rock anthems such a Plug-In Baby, Supermassive Black Hole and Time Is Running Out, they will also be performing tracks from 2015 album Drones.
Saturday 26th hosts the likes of festival royalty Kasabian and Jimmy Eat World, who will be showcasing 2016 album Integrity Blues in their single UK visit of 2017.
UK Festival exclusives on Sunday 27th include electronic trio Major Lazer, plus At The Drive In and Flume ahead of headliner Eminem, making for a final night to remember.
Tickets range from £70-£220 – a good deal for the big names on the bill.
If you’re short on the cash, you can sign up as a Green Messenger to nab yourself a free ticket and see some of your favourite bands for nothing.
Leeds Festival originated from the National Jazz Festival, cooked up by Harold Pendleton in 1961, while Reading Festival came to fruition in 1971. John Vincent Power, founder of the Mean Fiddler Group (now named Festival Republic), took control of the Reading Festival back in the late 80s. And Leeds Festival is now run as a sister festival alongside the Reading Festival, sharing the same line up on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend.
Leeds Festival is essentially an expansion of Reading. In 1999 the first Leeds event began at Temple Newsam. Popularity of outdoor festivals surged in the 90s and the Reading event was selling out faster every year, so Leeds was a necessity to stop lots of people from missing out. Predominantly known as a rock festival, the emergence of the Leeds site made room for more indie artists. Hip-hop made a massive appearance at the event during its popularity in the early noughties. During 1998 – 2007 both events were known as the Carling Weekend: Reading and the Carling Weekend: Leeds, but the name was abolished in 2007.
Travelling to Leeds with Megabus couldn’t be easier. Our stop at Leeds bus station, from a number of towns and cities including Birmingham, London, Southampton and Newcastle, gets you less than a 30-minute taxi ride from Bramham Park. Perfect for the DIY camper, the generous luggage capacity stops you from having to sacrifice the necessities this August Bank Holiday.
For the full line up, head to the official website: http://www.leedsfestival.com/line-up/poster
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