Monday, 31 August 2015

FESTIVAL


My ears are still ringing, the smell of make shift camp bonfire is still clinging to my hair, i'm tired and in need of a good meal. My bank account is sad and empty, it's only been roughly 18 hours and festival blues have already started to settle in. I really do love Leeds Festival. 

My first Leeds fest was back in 2007 and as mentioned in previous post's I have been going every year ever since, minus 2009 whilst I was traveling. This year we weren't meant to be going at all due to every single bit of spare cash we have gong to our Japan fund for October. But then we saw BabyMetal were playing and loads of really great bands that were my life back in my Emo days and, well, before you know it a Saturday and Sunday ticket had been purchased and we were going to Leeds for bank holiday. 

We started the day off by getting supplies from Tesco, snacks booze and chocolate - oh man you can't ever ever forget to pack yourself up some chocolate - and made our way to the shuttle bus ready to see the first band of the day. Now if you're into ''that'' kind of music scene i'm pretty sure you will have heard of Neck Deep. They seem to have exploded in the past year and this was the first time of me seeing them. I am a huge huge fan of all things pop-punk so even though I hadn't really heard much of Neck Deeps stuff I was still able to enjoy them. How can you not love a pop punk show? So with it being barely half 12, James and I were getting happily merry on smuggled in beer in the sun [yep yep that bright fire ball thing in the sky] watching a great starter band getting pumped for the rest of the day.



Possibly the highlight of Saturday for me and I'm pretty sure James will agree was watching Panic. We started off by standing near the back so we could watch them at a leisurely distance but as soon as Brendon came out and sang his first note, Jim and I looked at each other, ran and wiggled our way forward as much as possible screaming along ''Camisado'' as loudly as humanly possible. In that moment a huge wave a nostalgia hit me, we went back to being 15 again, our giant fringes had grown back and our jeans as tight as we could stand them before our circulation was cut off with one too many stud belts worn. Lowlife of course. Even if your'e not a fan of Panic, you can't deny the sheer amount of talent Brendon has, the range his voice has is all kinds of crazy. The loveliest thing I think about watching him perform was seeing him in his element with the hugest smile on his face, just pure enjoyment and love for what he does. Oh and their own versions on ''Bohemian Rhapsody' was pretty sweet too ;)



I was pleasantly surprised by All Time Low. I've never really formed much of an option, I found I could either leave them or take them. I wouldn't go out of my way to go watch them I find them quite ''kiddy'' says the girl that has a huge love for NFG. . . . I was just very meh about them, even though the genre is what I gush over when it comes to music. They put on a fun show, and I enjoyed watching them. Kudos to you ATL. There very very Blink-esque, i'm guessing very heavily influence by them even hoodwinking a few of their puns from the live album. I had Blink in my youth i'm guessing these are someone else's version of blink and what they were to me to someone of this generation. Tom, Travis and Mark obvs still the kings of catchy lyrics and too much toilet humour. 



We were so very lucky with the weather this year, the only time the rain graced the festival with its presence was on Saturday during P!ATD set. Sods law the only time it doesn't rain at Leeds was the year we decided not to camp. Having the weather so rarely beautiful meant we could chill out on the grass in between bands we weren't so bothered about, we could wear basically what we wanted I managed bare legs both days with no need for wellies. It felt like a festival, beautiful weather, lovely company, music and all the alcohol. I like being able to just sit and soak up my surroundings, watch other people [in a none creepy way] have fun and enjoy themsleves. Take in the atmosphere and wave summer out with a bang ready to welcome in the rapidly approaching Autumn. 


[Above picture taken from the Leeds Festival website]















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4 comments

  1. Sounds like you had an amazing time! It's awesome that you've been going to Leeds for that many years in a row. I went to Reading in 2011 and 2012, but I enjoy exploring new festivals so I don't know if I'll ever go back!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I would love to go to other festivals but Leeds has a special place in my heart, plus it's so convenient for me as it's just down the road ^_^ and its kinda an annual thing I just can't seem to brake :) thank you for taking the time to read and comment lovely! X

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  2. I am so jealous, haven't been to a festival in about 4 years, used to go every year! Its becoming more and more necessary for my mental health. Looks like you had a great time :)
    Constant Clash

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    1. Oh most definitely I insist the second the tickets go onsale for next year you buy some stat ^_^ it really was an excellent weekend. Thanks for reading lovely x

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