Fans pitching up early for Leeds Festival weekend

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The main musical entertainment might not begin until tomorrow but some revellers just can’t wait to get the party started at this year’s Leeds Festival.

Campsites for early-bird ticket-holders threw open their gates yesterday afternoon at the annual rock extravaganza’s home of Bramham Park, near Wetherby.

Long queues developed for shuttle buses running between Quebec Street in the city centre and Bramham as fans scrambled to secure prime camping spots and soak up the festival atmosphere.

Many people joining them today are likely to be armed with brollies and Wellington boots, after downpours turned some parts of the site into quagmires last year.

The good news for fans with an aversion to mud, however, is that Mother Nature looks set to smile on the big weekend.

Mainly dry conditions are expected tomorrow, other than a light rain shower in the early evening.

Sunny intervals are predicted for much of Saturday, while Sunday should stay cloudy but dry.

Music lovers on social media looking forward to the festival yesterday included Natasha Hickey, who tweeted: “This time tomorrow I will be sat with everyone, can in hand #LeedsFestival.”

Also on Twitter, Andy Hewitt wrote: “Only one more day in work until I can get away with being a degenerate again! #LeedsFestival.”

Drew Campbell, meanwhile, tweeted: “Leeds Festival tomorrow, third year in a row! #excited #LeedsFestival.”

Acts playing the festival tomorrow include Blink-182, You Me At Six, The Horrors and Klaxons.

The line-up for the rest of the event includes Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

*Fans have been warned that Bramham Park is a no-go zone for so-called legal or herbal highs.

A statement on the festival website says: “We don’t sell them on site and we ban them from the event, as they are unpredictable and can be dangerous.

“Our medics and the local hospital may not know how best to treat you, as it may not be clear what you have digested.”

Seven people were arrested at last weekend’s V Festival in Essex for selling legal highs, which include nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

Other items banned from the Leeds Festival site include smoke bombs, flares and fireworks.

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