THIS year’s Leeds Festival got off to a storming start as thousands of music fans descended upon Bramham Park.
Headlining the main stage yesterday were American rockers Blink-182. The Leeds Festival veterans first performed at Bramham in 1999, headlined in 2010 and played their only UK shows of the year at Leeds yesterday and twin festival Reading this weekend.
Also on the main stage yesterday were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, You Me at Six, A Day to Remember and Sleeping with Sirens.
But with seven other stages to check out, there was a lot to pack in for music fans, many celebrating exam results.
Clean Bandit got one of the biggest crowds at the NME/BBC Radio One Stage with their culture clash of bass, beats and strings. The band could stand and watch as the crowd belted out every word of their number one single Rather Be.
There was a good showing of Yorkshire music on the BBC Introducing Stage, with Castleford’s Allusofondrugs kicking off a hat trick of acts from God’s Own County early in the day.
Watching Allofusondrugs, and the bands solitary crowdsurfer, were Rachel Huby, 19, and her partner Luke Hall, 20, of Pontefract.
Rachel, who was attending the festival for the third time, said: “It’s a great line up this year and a great atmosphere.”
The band was followed by Cleckheaton’s The Hijacked, who seemed to have brought half of the Kirklees town with them in support, watching to tune of chants of ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire’.
Teenager Billie Marten brought with her a change of pace, with a melodic performance complete with acoustic guitar.
The Ripon Grammar School pupil may only be 15 years old, but is already making her mark on the music scene with multiple festival appearances and airplay from Radio One djs Hum Edwards, Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe.
She told Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was absolutely incredible. A completely different experience to any other festival I’ve played before.”