Leeds Festival 2017

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph BurrowsAugust is over, summer is on its way out, and Leeds Festival 2017 has brought festival season to an end.

I first attended Leeds Festival in 2010, and I’ve been going every year since then. Taking place only 45 minutes from our doorstep, Leeds Festival offers one of the most varied lineups on the festival circuit and always attracts some huge names, making it the perfect way to mark the end of festival season and bring summer to a close.

My Leeds Festival 2017 highlights

I’m gonna be straight up here and say that the lineup this year was not one of my favourites. That being said, I still saw some of my favourite bands over the weekend.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows
Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows
Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

I called it well in advance, but Billy Talent were undoubtedly the band of the weekend. Their energy was relentless and it was quite possibly the best I’ve EVER seen them. This weekend also saw Breaking Benjamin return to UK shores, which meant I got to see them perform live for the first time – something I never thought would happen. After catching them at Download, I also made sure to catch Fizzy Blood, and they definitely didn’t disappoint.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows
Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

Although Muse are known for their amazing shows, I actually got a bit bored this year. But that’s fine, because that meant I could go check out Haim playing tracks from their excellent new album. They sounded even better than last time I saw them, and I can guarantee they’ll be headlining by the time their next album is released.

One of the best things about festivals is discovering new bands, and this year the award for best discoveries goes to indie-pop duo Oh Wonder, and pop-punk band Boston Manor (think Neck Deep, but heavier). Both put on fantastic shows, and I’ll definitely be listening to them a lot more in the future.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows
Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

The best festival weather ever

I’ve been going to festivals for quite a few years now, but never have I experienced weather like Leeds Festival 2017. And guess what? I’m not talking about rain.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

The whole weekend was bathed in glorious sunshine. In fact, it was so nice, that I actually ended up wearing trainers. I’ve never worn trainers at a major festival before.

I thought Download was a fluke this year with a dry weekend, but Leeds Festival 2017 kept my dry festival dreams alive. I’m SERIOUSLY worried for next year now, though, because I’m expecting stunning weather again next year and I know I’m going to end up cold and wet in a muddy field.

The Leeds Festival experience

In the past few years, I’ve had a few gripes with Leeds Festival. I’ve found the organisation a bit lacking sometimes, and they didn’t always cope well with the weather. That being said, I was incredibly surprised with Leeds Festival 2017.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

Basically every issue I’ve had in recent years has been eliminated. The organisation was fantastic, there were plenty of staff, and I felt incredibly safe.

Everyone at the festival (including basically every 16-18 year old in Leeds) is there to have an amazing time, and an amazing time was most definitely had by all.

Leeds Festival 2017 | Joseph Burrows

Leeds Festival 2018, anyone?

Were you at Leeds Festival 2017? What were your weekend highlights? Let me know in the comments!

Photos taken by myself and Rhianna

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