Acts included the Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Foster the People, Dry the River, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Jimmy Eat World, Blood Red Shoes, Crossfaith, Pulled Apart by Horses, Gnarwolves, The Hives, Peace, Deaf Havana, Hacktivist , Paramore, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, Blink-182 and Sleeping with Sirens – to name but a few.
Like many of the major summer festivals, lots of people going to Leeds Fest stayed for the whole event, camping on site. You can bring food and your own cooking stoves and BBQs to Leeds Fest, but most people make use of the many food stalls available on the site. There’s the usual array of camping facilities, but if you prefer to glamp rather than camp you can book a wristband for access to the luxury loos – known as the Seat of Luxury. It’s an extra £30 to pay, but it’s probably worth it to avoid having to use the same loos as everyone else. Many people abandon tents and camping equipment after festivals these days, causing a lot of waste for the organizers to sort out. For anyone who doesn’t want to travel with a tent etc, you can pre-order a recycled camping kit called a Festikit, use it while you’re at Leeds Fest and if you return it to the pick-up point at the end of your stay, you’ll receive a £10 as a thanks for being green.
There are always downtimes at festivals and that’s where a mobile phone comes into its own. There’s no excuse for being bored when you consider the range of entertainment that you can access through a couple of touches. From games like Candy Crush that require hand-eye coordination through to simple and amusing games of chance like online bingo games or mentally-challenging word games like Scrabble you can download plenty of apps to keep you entertained in those quiet moments at Leeds Fest – even though, in reality, there probably won’t be too many times when you need to seek alternative entertainment.
If you enjoyed this year’s Leeds Fest, but you want to go for free next year, why not consider being a festival volunteer? The Campsite Assistance Team (CAT) is made up of volunteers who help the festival-goers find their way around the site and get the most out of their time at Leeds Fest. Alternatively, you could be a Green Volunteer and help make sure that festival-goers recycle their rubbish while at Leeds Fest. Both types of volunteering mean that you will have free access to the festival.
Whichever way you decide to be a part of Leeds Fest, it’s one of the biggest festivals in the UK calendar, and it’s growing in popularity year by year. It’s certainly an experience not to be missed and you’ll get to see some great live music acts while you’re there.