Fans defy deluge on day two of Leeds Festival

Kate Nash on the Festival Republic Stage on day two of the Leeds Festival.  Picture: IAN HARBER
Kate Nash on the Festival Republic Stage on day two of the Leeds Festival. Picture: IAN HARBER

Wellies were out in force as the Leeds Festival continued at Bramham Park on Saturday.

After the heavens opened mid afternoon it was a soggy scene followed by a sea of mud and standing water all over the site making the park look more like the First World War trenches.

On stage the battle of the crowds was all about who would brave the elements and who preferred to rush for the tents, all of which were predictably full for the day once the rain came.

The weather did not stop Green Day pulling in a big crowd as main stage headliners with singer Billie Joe Armstrong having fans eating out of his hands as they were beckoned to join in.

Their two-and-a-half hour set saw them play famous album Dookie in full alongside plenty of old favourites and a rare treat of a cover of The Who’s A Quick One, which featured on their Live At Leeds album.

As Green Day gigs go there was less larking about then usual, although they did pull a fan out of the crowd to give surprisingly good renditions of Welcome To Paradise and Longview.

The main stage was the place to be for more entertaining sets from System Of A Down, Frank Turner, who was defying a back injury to appear, and Yorkshire’s Bring Me The Horizon, who make up for a lack of tunes with plenty of audience participation.

The NME/Radio 1 Stage closed with a packed tent for Skrillex and featured more dance music with ASAP Rocky as well as the pop of Bastille and Kodaline, who managed to fill the tent before it rained with their popular early slot that showed they are one of the best additions to the music scene this year.

The Lock Up Stage was back and had highlights from Alkaline Trio, The Living End and an energetic set by The Creepshow.

The Festival Republic Stage provided the best alternative entertainment with great sets by Kate Nash, The Strypes, Surfer Blood, Chvches and Temples.

Over at the actual Alternative Stage there were plenty of laughs provided by Craig Campbell, Holly Walsh and Katherine Ryan.

The laughs were certainly in short supply as the deluge struck the field, but the typical British spirit shone through in the end with fans feeling they were rewarded for their efforts with what is likely to prove the best of the three days of this year’s festival.

The event continues today with Eminem set to close the show.