Great news for festival-goers itching to start planning their summer gigs, as organisers have announced the line-up for this year’s Leeds Festival, revealing which tops acts will be playing to the crowds across the bank holiday weekend in August.
According to the local paper, the Yorkshire Post, old-school rockers Guns N’ Roses have been confirmed to headline the festival by playing its last show on Sunday 29 August, which is bound to be fantastic news for rock fans. The band hasn’t played at the festival since 2002, when they caused some trouble for not starting their show until after the curfew has finished – that’s rock attitude for you!
But maybe even better news for those indie lovers among you is that the once disbanded Libertines will be reuniting, including their notorious singer Pete Doherty, to play their first reformed show at the legendary festival on Saturday 28 August.
Tickets went on sale this week and are sure to sell out fast. Dubbed “the world’s greatest festival” by organisers, they may not be wrong, especially with huge names like Arcade Fire and Blink 182 billed to headline the other two nights and other major players including Dizzee Rascal, Biffy Clyro and Enter Shikari making sure there’s something to appeal to everyone. That’s not to mention Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Klaxons… the list goes on!
Along with its southerly counterpart, the Reading Festival – which shares the same line-up, meaning no one’s left out – these are two of the most talked-about events of the summer festival season, probably second only to Glastonbury itself. Take it from a very recent Leeds devotee – I was dragged along by friends to the 2007 festival when Razorlight and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were headlining, only to have one of the best experiences of the summer!
I didn’t think I’d go in for the festival experience but I was proved wrong, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who loves a great party atmosphere. And of course, you don’t have to sleep in a grotty tent when you stay at one of our Leeds hotels. Going to the festival also helps support a worthy cause, as organisers Festival Republic are hoping to raise upwards of £100,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Leeds over the next three years, with talent competitions and other events held in local schools.
Stay tuned for more news on this summer’s music events as the festival season draws ever nearer!