Mad Fer It: Leeds Festival lines up

A packed Leeds Festival last year.
A packed Leeds Festival last year.
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The end of the working week (well for most of us) and an extended weekend as a bonus.

The Bank Holiday is upon us so across these pages we will look at what Leeds has got going on from carnivals, downward dogs, beer festivals and some music gig.

That’s it, it is the most talked about music event in the city, and even the country, as Leeds Festival absolutely pulls it out of the bag with its three-day line up this year.

It kicks off today with no less than the legendary Liam Gallagher on the main stage today.

The Oasis frontman created a frenzy when he announced he was playing Leeds and Reading this year and he is in good company as Muse and the Blossoms are also on later today.

Radio 1 has a stage with its own picks and the BBC introduces ones to watch on a separate stage.

Dance fans will be buzzing to see MistaJam and Monki while away from the music Jonathan Pie and Katherine Ryan lead the laughter.

Tomorrow’s headliners are Kasbian and Bastille and there is no wonder Sunday sold out so quickly with tickets being like gold dust.

One of the greatest rappers of all time and one of the biggest selling artists of the 21st century, Eminem is bringing his act to Leeds with what is set to be a show-stopping hour and a half set.

Major Lazer and Glass Animals and Goldie support the epic line up which has had music fans beside themselves for months.

@Sam_Goodinson tweeted: “Buzzing for Leeds Festival this weekend, class line up, good weather forecast, showing McGregor Mayweather and there’s about 40 of us going.”

@TOliver92 said “Never been so scared, nervous and excited about anything in my life. #leedsfestival on my own” and @DavidMcRrLive said: “Can’t believe I’ll be heading back to Leeds Festival this weekend. Never thought I’d go back there. Proper nostalgia trip for me.”

Gates opened on Wednesday to tens of thousands of festival fans who are literally setting up camp in Leeds for the Bank Holiday weekend.

And camping also got cute with more options for tents and pop-up pods than a Butlins bonanza. Sheds, wig-wams, eight-man tents – you name it someone is providing it.

And if you can’t be bothered with lugging your stuff from the car to your pitch – you don’t have to because you can get someone to do that for you so all you really need to worry about is who to watch, what to wear and what to drink.

Due to the sheer volume of people making their way to Bramham Park, event organiser Festival Republic says a series of changes have been implemented to the traffic management plan that mean it should achieve “significantly” better results than last summer.

The A64 will be closed eastbound between the Fox and Grapes pub and Bramham Interchange from 9pm on Sunday. Thorner village is off-limits to through traffic from now until late afternoon on Monday. Potterton Lane is closed at its junction with Kiddal Lane near Barwick in Elmet until late afternoon on Monday. A Festival Republic spokesman said the revised traffic plan had been drawn up following discussions with Leeds City Council, parish councils and other relevant agencies.

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