Leeds Festival 2016: My Highlights


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:


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.