AUDIO: Take plenty of wet wipes, says 'Mr Leeds Festival' Frank Turner

Mr Leeds Festival Frank Turner

Mr Leeds Festival Frank Turner

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Drink lots of water, get a timetable and take plenty of wet wipes - the top three tips for every music festivalgoer this summer.

Who says so? Mr Leeds Festival himself, singer songwriter and fan favourite Frank Turner.

He should know, he's not just been to more Leeds and Reading Festivals than most, he's played at them for a record breaking nine consecutive years.

AUDIO: Listen to Frank Turner's full chat about celebrating a decade of appearances, what will be going through his mind when he steps out on stage and his advice to bands playing for the first time, in conversation with Graham Walker - CLICK HERE.

And this year he's back, celebrating a decade of sing-a-longs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances to open the main stage in Reading, on Friday, August 26, then Leeds Festival on Saturday, August 27 - supporting the likes of Foals, Disclosure and Churches.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out boy are among the superstar names headlining this year.

Top new local bands, like Leeds locals Pulled Apart By Horses and Sheffield's latest Radio 1 stars The Sherlocks are also at the two festivals, which run from Friday to Sunday, August 26 to 28.

TICKETS: For tickets and more details about Leeds Festival visit www.leedsfestival.com and www.readingfestival.com

Frank, aged 34, who is planning to take a year off the Leeds and reading Festival circuit next year, is an English folk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire.

He began his career as the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, then embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005.

In the studio and during live performances,he is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano) and Nigel Powell (drums).

And he can't wait to be back, yet again, at Leeds and Reading Festivals, which he rates as highlights of the UK festival circuit.

He is promising a party to get things underway with songs from his chart-hit albums, including latest offering, last summer release - which reached number two in the UK album charts - Positive Songs for Negative People.

He credits the festivals for growing his army of fans, which have seen each of his six studio albums climb higher up the charts each release.

And his catalogue of distinctively British anthems has seen the troubadour stand as a true Reading and Leeds icon.

“It comes around so quickly, like Christmas. For me its a participation event. I like the audience to be involved.

"Every year I'm always a little worried whether they are going to ask me back. I probably won't be doing it next year - because 10 years in a row is fair enough. Take a year off after that.

"I'm sure I will be back but I feel I can take a year out without abandoning the place.

"When I step pout on the stage I'll be thinking about what songs I'm playing. and in what order.Of all the things I've done in my music career, this is the one I'm most proud of.

"I've been to Reading and Leeds Festivals many times as a punter before playing there. I'm very happy to be making my tenth annual return. That's the record, by miles, and I'm proud of it. They've always been supportive of my career, loyal to me, and I'm more than happy to repay that in kind. It's the best festival in he UK.

"I've played the main stage twice before but this year we're doing a special hour long set. A gentleman never reveals his set list in advance.

"I still get very excited about playing Reading and Leeds. My first big live music experience as a punter was wondering in through the gates with my mates and was blown away by people wearing all these band T-shirts. I felt like I had found my tribe. And that belonging has never left me."

And those top tips for festivalgoers and bands playing for the first time.

Frank laughed: "I would say to music fans...drink a lot of water, make sure you have a programme on you, so you can plan where you are going to be...and bring wet wipes. They might just do more than you ever imagined. You can never have too many of them.".

His advice to new bands, he said: "Don't change what you do. You got there because you re who you are. So stay true to yourself."

TICKETS: For tickets and more details about Leeds Festival visit www.leedsfestival.com and www.readingfestival.com

Taking the plunge for the tenth year at Leeds and Reading Festivals will be Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls

Taking the plunge for the tenth year at Leeds and Reading Festivals will be Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls

Date: 24th June 2017.
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