With the dust still settling over the Leeds Festival site at Bramham Park, the buzz of three amazing days will live on for months to come.
The good news is that festival goers can already plan ahead with the first weekend and early bird tickets for 2015 now on sale for a limited period at 2014 prices from See Tickets.
With a homecoming headline show for Arctic Monkeys, who closed Leeds Main Stage in triumphant fashion on Sunday night, the rapturous return of Blink 182 with a career spanning set, Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore’s co-headline slots plus hundreds of top performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs, fans certainly enjoyed a weekend to remember.
From his debut on the Leeds Festival Republic Stage in 2012, Jake Bugg brought his Leeds success story to a career defining spot on the Main Stage. The Nottingham-based singer-songwriter whipped thousands of fans into a sing along frenzy with opener ‘There’s A Beast And We All Feed It’ plus his stomping hits including ‘Seen It All’, ‘Two Fingers’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, meanwhile, put on a show complete with fireworks, smoke and pyros as their set boomed with tracks off their Grammy Award winning album.
The Relentless Stage returned to Leeds Festival, kicking off proceedings on Thursday night along the tree-lined avenue. Zane Lowe, DJ Fresh and Klaxons were just some of the DJs to bring the noise and get the party started. The infamous Picadilly Party, this year in partnership with XFM, continued to keep its reputation as one of the best late night parties Leeds Festival has to offer.
Now each in their second year, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage and the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage attracted more festival goers. The BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage saw stand out sets from Netsky, Annie Mac, Pendulum and Flume, who had flown in from Australia. Klaxons were a huge draw receiving rapturous cheers for previous material including ‘Atlantis to Interzone’ as much as they did for new tracks such as ‘There Is No Other Time’.
Once again the Alternative Stage brought some of the best in comedy and spoken word to the festivals. The line-up was topped by favourites Bill Bailey, Milton Jones and Simon Amstell who commanded huge audiences, showing the appetite for comedy is stronger than ever.
Kate Tempest treated fans to a delightfully infectious show whilst People Just Do Nothing proved their epic TV sketches easily translate to a festival audience live on stage. Not only that but with the silent disco and Transgressive hosting the likes of Kelis, Gengahr and The Two Bears at Leeds as well as a DJ set from Frank Turner, the Alternative Stage was truly one of the most vibrant areas of the festival.
With so much going on across the weekend there was never a dull moment, highlights from the Festivals include Palma Violets and Band Of Skulls smashing the Festival Republic Stage; incredible sets from Gerard Way whose show was a UK Festival first, Disclosure, Bombay Bicycle Club, Royal Blood, Brody Dalle and SBTRKT who was joined by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koeing for ‘New Dorp New York’ on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.
The all new Pit Stage hosted by Daniel P Carter was buzzing with Of Mice And Men being the standout act of the weekend, and Jimmy Eat World and Gogol Bordello both blew audiences away with their headline slots at the Lock Up.
The BBC Radio 1 Signing Tent had fans arriving in their hundreds to meet their idols. More than 20 bands from the line-up took time out across the weekend to meet the queues of people. Particular highlights from Leeds included Gerard Way and The 1975.
Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn reflected on the weekend: “Without a doubt, my highlights this year were all four headliners and I’d like to thank Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 for putting on absolutely incredible shows.
“I really enjoyed Imagine Dragons too, their set on the main stage blew me away.
“Across the weekend I’ve witnessed 200,000 music fans having a ball, what a fantastic year for our beloved festivals.
“I would also like to thank our sponsors and media partners for their continued support - 2014 is going to be a tough one to beat but one special headliner for 2015 is confirmed, now the work continues to confirm another mind blowing line-up for the fans next year.”