Leeds Festival 2012: Day One review

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American rock superstars the Foo Fighters stole the show to officially kick-start Leeds Festival.

Thousands of revellers braved a few showers to see frontman Dave Grohl and co headline the three-day festival with a monster set.

Their high-octane set and firework display officially opened the festival with a bang on the main stage.

They played a variety of songs from their enormous back catalogue including Monkey Wrench, My Hero and The Pretender.

The band closed their epic set with a rocking version of Everlong.

Leeds’ very own Kaiser Chiefs were greeted with a rapturous applause on the main stage as they played on home soil.

The group looked clearly delighted to be playing on the stage back in Yorkshire.

They treated festival-goers to a special rendition of Pinball Wizard which they recently played at the Olympic closing ceremony.

They also featured songs from their back catalogue including Oh My God.

Pulled Apart By Horses, Band of Skulls and Eagles of Death Metal had the honour of being some of the first acts to take to the main stage yesterday.

Grammy-nominated Justice headlined the NME/Radio One tent after one of the country’s biggest new success stories Two Door Cinema Club.

Sunderland’s finest The Futureheads treated fans to a special treat with an extraordinary acapella and acoustic set on the Festival Republic Stage.

Glam folk star King Charles, who recently played at the inaugural Them Crooked Ways Festival in Pontefract, also played.

Other bands who stole the show included The View and Less Than Jake.

American rockers Polar Bear Club also rocked up a storm in the Lock Up Stage earlier in the afternoon.

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