Leeds 2016: My Highlights

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Even by British festival standards, this Saturday at Leeds was a wet one. Revellers were rewarded however, for sticking it out in the pouring rain and boggy terrain with some top-notch performances from some of the hottest acts from around the world. Here are my highlights from the 27th:

Hinds

Despite admitting feeling a little worse for wear after playing at Reading Festival on Friday, the girls from Madrid lit up the Radio 1/NME stage with an energetic performance. The garage/indie rock four-piece always look like they are having the time of their life when they’re on stage and this set was no exception. A mix of songs from Hinds’ recent album ‘Leave Me Alone’ and some oldies pleased the spectators.

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Die Antwoord

South African ‘rap-rave’ trio Die Antwoord made the most of their main stage slot with numerous costume changes, dancer, pyrotechnics and crowdsurfing. DJ Hi-Tek and rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser got the crowd going with their unrivalled energy levels.

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Boy Better Know

The godfathers of grime were on top form at Leeds, playing all the big hits and even dishing out free T-shirts to the crowd. Skepta, JME, Wiley and co proved their worth in an epic main stage performance.

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The Neighbourhood

Californian five-piece The Neighbourhood created an electric atmosphere inside the Radio 1/NME tent with monochrome big screen footage and moody lighting. Frontman Jesse Rutherford led the singalongs as he pranced around the stage shirtless.

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Crystal Castles

Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles incited hysteria in the Radio 1/NME tent with electrifying beats and non-stop strobe lighting. The group’s first appearance at Reading and Leeds with vocalist Edith Frances in the place of former member Alice Glass was a success, with Edith matching the stage presence and enthusiasm of Alice all the way to the end.

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Foals

Oxford indie giants Foals rocked the main stage on Saturday during their ‘co-headline’ slot with garage duo Disclosure. The five-piece played all the fan-favourites and a few from last year’s hit album ‘What Went Down’. Frontman Yannis didn’t let the crowd down with his now-customary crowd surf during the title track of the aforementioned LP. Early single ‘Cassius’ was a fitting encore to bring the set to a raucous close.

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