Music returns to Leeds’ Roundhay Park for major event

Wolfe Alice at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016.  Picture By Nathan Folan
Wolfe Alice at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016. Picture By Nathan Folan
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It’s the first time in more than a decade that Leeds’ largest park has played host to a major music event.

And a combination of glorious September weather, crowd-pleasing music acts and a host of food and drink options made sure the inaugural OnRoundhay Festival went off with a bang.

Festival goer Lee Adams at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016.  Picture By Nathan Folan

Festival goer Lee Adams at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016. Picture By Nathan Folan

Thousands of people piled into the park over the course of a sunny Saturday before Scottish rockers Primal Scream and indie rockers James concluded the day in style with spectacular sets.

With local music acts, including Leeds act The Haggis Horns, playing during the day, festival-goers sampled the wares of the John Lewis Food Village, including the Chef’s Demo Stage full of professional demonstrations.

By mid-afternoon, big queues were already developing at the Churros Amigos stand and a stall run by Leeds restaurant Ox Club, whose slow-cooked Yorkshire lamb on an outdoor grill pulled in the crowds.

There were plenty of activities for children too, with under-12s allowed in for free. Puffin Books hosted the festival’s Family Area, taking well-loved children’s books and bringing them to life in an immersive zone for youngsters aged two to 12.

James at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016.  Picture By Nathan Folan

James at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016. Picture By Nathan Folan

Steve Walker, 56, from Scarcroft, the director of a flooring firm, said: “It has been very good. I think the weather makes it good, it has been absolutely perfect.

“I am here with my children and they are loving it, they have had some good food. The Haggis Horns were amazing, I think they are local as well.

“It is about time they did something [at Roundhay Park]. If it had been raining it might have been a different thing. But it has been very good and it seems like everyone is enjoying themselves.”

Fiona Thorne, 40, a psychologist from Roundhay, said: “I am enjoying it, it has been great. It combines things for different age groups really well. Just having silly things like the Clangers is great.

Primal Scream at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016.  Picture By Nathan Folan

Primal Scream at On Festival at Roundhay. 16 September 2016. Picture By Nathan Folan

“I come to this park all the time. They have put a lot of effort into it. I have come with my daughter and her friends from school, they love it.”

The last major music event at Roundhay Park was a concert by Robbie Williams in 2006, though stars including Bruce Springsteen and Madonna have played there in the past.

Saturday’s event was organised by promoter Harvey Goldsmith in conjunction with Leeds City Council and John Lewis, whose flagship northern department store opens next month as the part of the Victoria Gate development in Leeds.

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