“Having sex with you would be like having sex with a 12 year old” – A friend to me
I am back from my second Leeds festival. A five day experience of camping, music, drink, mates and lack of sleep. This is my review of my 5 day in Bramham park. All photos on this blog are by Jo Threlfall, Mike Kryjak or the BBC website.
We started early at 8.00 am was the time we met, we traveled on the 110 bus to Leeds bus station already they was a few festival goers but we were one of the first at the station. What followed next was a 4 hour wait for the ticket office to open, so we could buy the shuttle tickets to get to the festival. It was a very slow and boring 4 hours. But the queues behind us in the front did soon built up. In hindsight, we got there way to early another hour in bed would have been much appreciated.
We picked up the tickets for our large group, then waited more time for the Bus. On the bus we waited some more for the bus to set off, after a while the bus did final set off, but only after letting two bus loads of people who were in the queue behind. After our group arrived at the park, we then had a trek up to the Orange camp site because we like to camp near loud fair ground music, playing till 5 in the morning. Every year i surprise my self , at the level of unfitness I’m at, after lugging our camp load to the chosen site, i was shattered.
That night was one hell of a boring one, nothing to do just to sleep some drink. I here some of the girls found something to do or someone, but i am not sure what.
Another day to me that dragged because of the lack of things to do. Over night the camp area soon filled up. A nice surprise that morning was that I found ride in the fair, called the stargate based on the stargate TV show (my favorite TV show), sadly I never got a chance to ride it.
This day we added more people to our camp bringing our number to a whopping 25 people. Some more drink and a trip to the arena toilets made up the day. Finally at the night we had something to do. The silent disco which is basically a tent with music, but you are listening to the music through head phones, wild right? There was a large queue and a massive amount of people pushing in, the staff managed to finally stem those pushing in, it only took a balder filled hour to get in. I remember from last year how much fun the disco was, it did not disappoint this year. It is a cool and unique way of listening to music and very funny to see the people all around you when you take the head phones off, we all looked like idiots. We was in there till about half 3 then we decided to call it a night, mainly because of thirst. No Kaiser Chief songs were played either :(.
I woke up at about 7 am because of a desperate need for a pee, so I traveled the annoyingly long walk towards the shitty toilets.
By the time I got back people were beginning to wake, so i thought there was not much point in going back to bed. In hindsight I think everyone who was up realized what a bad time to get up that was. Some time later I was ready for the day with some new clothes on and dry shampoo applied to my head, its just a shame it was so early and nothing starts till 12.
That morning there were no bands I wanted to see, so I was easy about who I went to see, so with some people I saw 3oh!3 not a fan and the Hadoukens, also not a huge fan but i thought they were pretty good. Later in the day I went to see a couple of bands that I was more interested in, with the Maccabees and the Cribs(who are from my hometown in Wakefield). I then went back to the camp for a little rest and some food.
That night i saw the band that i was most looking forward to, Arcade fire the main stage headliners. It was just me and my friend Jo, not that many people wanted to go to see them, choosing Pendulum or Ash instead. They did not disappoint I did expect a few more people in the crowd, still there was large amount of people. It was premature at this stage but i was confident that these would be the band of the festival.
That night i was boring and went back to sleep about 2.00 in the morning.
This day I have no idea what time I got up. I just remember going with my friend Rob for a lovely Bacon and egg sandwich, but for the price of just a bacon sandwich SCORE!.
In the morning I had a break from the music with a trip to the alternative stage. The alternative stage for those that don’t know is a stage for comedy, films and some other stuff an alternative to music if you will. So me and a few other decided for a morning of comedy. We found seats right at the front. First up was a bearded compare whose name I can’t remember, he was the type that would make fun of people in the audiences, mostly from the people sitting in the front row (us) so sat in the front made me feel a little uneasy. We were missed somehow, he soon left and introduced the first comedian was Emo Philips, what a fucking strange little man. I have seen him odd times on the Internet, but it can’t prepare you for been at the front of one of his shows, i felt a little sick after the show. Next up was the turn of Sean Walsh. He was very funny, He had been on shows like mock the week before, I still surprised how funny he was. A highlight was his jokes about the old video game Streets of rage (I so got it).
Now the reason we was there, Stephen K Amos. I’ve seen him on TV loads and must have know a lot of of the punchlines but that did not stop him been hilariously funny. Never knew he was gay though, after 5 minutes of him talking about the fact he was gay, my friend Jo (who was there) was still shocked when we mentioned it. Sadly it was not all fun and games during the gig, as i was been text the score of the Leeds game at the time and my heart sunk every time i saw it, in case you did not know Leeds lost the final.
After that i had a nice Yorkshire pudding with lots of beef in it and mash potato (wow you all wanted to know that).
After the comedy I went back to the camp to chill (I am not normally this obnoxious) a little. I went back to the arena area for Limp Bizkit who was alright, then it was Cypress Hill who i was totally digging as you can see with this photo.
Then it was Weezer who was great and Rivers Cuomo (what a name) went wild with covers of Teenage dirtbag and Kids/pokerface song he even had a lady gaga wig, of course they did Buddy Holly as well.
Paramore a band that to be honest I am not bothered about were made less enjoyable by them coming on late and some poor sound systems. Blink was the headliners that night and they did put on a show, which climaxed with a Travis Barker doing an awesome drum solo on a spinning stage that even went upside down!
Back to the camp then and a long night was on for today. Lots of drink and a bit of raving made it a pretty good night. We tried to get in to the silent disco but it was too late they had closed it to newcomers, even though it was open for another hour and half yet….strange. So i decide to have a roll down a hill, slightly embarrassed about that now. Some time later I slumped in to my tent and had a great night sleep.
The last day of the festival but there was no bands I wanted to see in the morning, so lots of us just stayed in camp and chilled (how much of a wanker do i sound). With one brief excursion to see a band called New young poney club, another band I did not know much about, they was okay and then it was back to the camp for a little longer to rest the old feet.With no need to move for a few hours, we drank and talked and then it was time to end the festival with a few hours on the main stage. A nice and relax viewing for Lost prophets yet another band I was not that bothered about, was nice and relaxing. Then we moved closer and met up with so more people to watch the awesome Biffy Clyro.
Then to one of my favorite band Queens of the stoneage. Some more forward steps closer to see them and we got a good view. I really enjoyed them and they were a great band live, as i knew they would be after seeing Them Crooked Vultures last year.
After they completed the set, the Headliners was on next. Many people left and we was left near the front of the large area that had no people and so we had lots of room. I guess not a lot of people wanted to see Gun’s n Roses. We had heard they was an hour late for Reading (apparently because he over slept), so sitting down on the grass near the front we did expect a delay and we got 40 minuet one. I was surprised that when they did come out, that they was so good and Axl voice was still so strong. He kept leaving the stage maybe twice a song, we assumed to an oxygen tent, to keep that strong voice of his. They played most of their classics and some of the new songs, that i had no idea about. I found it funny that Guns now have a slash wannabe guitarist, he was still enjoyable to watch, it just went on a little two long. At the end Axl had a rant at the organizers for not letting him carry on and completing his set, he could of course try and come on stage on time, that might have been too hard for him.
Back to the camp for one last night in which in which I went on one of the rides. We left for home at 5.45 in the morning.
All in all a Great festival. If you asked me, did i prefer this year to last? I would have to answer no. Last year it was my first time and was one hell of a experience and there was Kaiser Chiefs that played last year and that was an amazing gig.
I really enjoyed and it was a good way to see some of my friends that I may not see as often now as they are of to university. Sure there some people that I might not be that sad if I don’t see often, but they are few that i will be very sad if I don’t see them often. Whether the group from the last two years will go to Leeds festival again together, remains to be seen it depends on what happens through this next year. I sure hope I stay freinds with a lot of these people for a long time to come.
Muse this Saturday just as my ears recoverd.