Going into the weekend there was little time to get over Fridays hangover, as first up on Saturday morning on the main stage was Mariachi El Bronx, the LA punks played their first of two shows that day – The first show saw them put their hardcore punk roots to one side, as they seduced the early dwellers with their Mexican lined folk.
The NME / BBC Radio One tent saw a plethora of performances from established indie bands over the last two days of the weekend. Saturday belonged to Birmingham’s Swim Deep and Peace, who inspired sing-alongs in equal measure. Swim Deep are due to release their second album this Autumn and their set was littered with new material taken from it.
Their performance was in stark contrast to Parquet Courts, the Brooklyn rockers looked genuinely us-easy and distracted throughout their stay. Admittedly they weren’t helped by a lethargic crowd but they were hands down the disappoint of the entire weekend.
Better news came courtesy of Foals. Whispers began to circulate on Sunday morning about a ‘Secret Set’ after they graced Reading on Friday. Those whispers did indeed come to fruition during the afternoon when they took their turn on the NME / BBC stage for a 25 minute set, slotted in between Twin Peaks and Slaves – This proved to be good news for Slaves with the majority of the Foals’s crowd staying behind to take in a typical frenetic performance from the Kent duo.
Least we forget Wolf Alice, Ellie and the boys might have been on a come down from their (by all accounts) riotous set at Reading the day before – but they kept their energy levels high throughout their Leeds performance.
The weekend wasn’t all about indie rock, and as the sun began to set on Sunday evening Charli XCX was limbering up over on the dance stage. The ‘Boom Clap’ starlet added a touch of glamour to the festival after this writer spent an entire weekend surrounded by sweaty bands.
For our Friday review click here