Preview: Leeds Festival 2015 – Friday (Day One)


This year we’ll be on the ground reporting from the Leeds leg of Reading & Leeds 2015 – armed with a camera, a couple of writers and some cheep booze… Looking ahead to the weekend, we’ve previewed some of of the acts we’re most excited about.

The Libertines are set to appear at the dual-venue festival for the first time since their re-incarnation back in 2010 and it promises to be the highlight of the first day for many. Pete & Co will be hoping their big Friday night headline slot goes down a storm with the masses – with the release of their much (and long anticipated) third studio album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ right around the corner.

Before The Libs rock-up, the Main Stage will be graced by acts including; Yorkshire stalwarts The Cribs, as-well as The Maccabees who are sure to be on triumphant form after celebrating their first number one album last week with ‘Marks To Prove It’ – and The Gaslight Anthem who could be appearing at the festival for possibly the last time, after they recently announced an indefinite ‘hiatus’ – they’ll be hoping to go out in a blaze of glory.

Festivals aren’t all about the ‘big’ headliners, and earlier in the day The Big Moon will be appearing on the BBC introducing stage – the London quartet might only have one single under their belt at the minute, but expect their set to be littered with tracks that’ll (literally) be all over the radio-waves in due course.

Over on the Festival Republic stage – our picks for day one include Gengahr, who’ll be smashing out hits from their recent debut album ‘A ‘Dream Outside’ and Brighton’s semi-cryptic quartet Black Honey – who seem to come alive when its festival time.

If you’d prefer to ease yourself into the weekend at a more gentle pace… Then look no further than the Film Oxford Cinema Tent – where there will be a series of films and clips running throughout the day.

Click here for our Saturday preview.