LEEDS FESTIVAL SERIES // Chapter 3: 2012




2012 was the best year for the music. Why? Foo Fighters bloody headlined! In case you don't know, Foo Fighters are my all-time favourite band. 
On the Thursday afternoon I set off on my own on the tram to my mums work in Salford (with lots of heavy luggage). After my mum, her boyfriend Stan and his son Shaun had finished working we packed up the car and off we went to LEEEEEDS! 
We got there around 7/8 when the son was setting so quickly attempted to set up our big ass tent! When it was all finished we grabbed our alcohol (smirnoff ice snuck in by water bottles because we were being rebellious) and journeyed into the main arena to check out the site - although I knew what it was like anyway! 
It's weird because even being miles away from home I bumped into so many people I knew (ones I didn't like though) that didn't refrain to shout my name quite a lot. We got some chips and then ended up spending the night sat in the Guest Bar meeting the "locals". 
The day after I woke up extremely early as my god (Dave Grohl) was definitely already in the city at least. We grabbed a coffee and some breakfast and ate in the Guest Area whilst I browsed the people to see if anyone famous was lurking about. 
The first band on was Pulled Apart by Horses; a band I'd heard quite a bit on the lead up to Leeds fest. They were pretty heavy and I loved them. They were followed by Band of Skulls, Eagles of Death Metal and The Gaslight Anthem who were all pretty good! All Time Low are always a must-see; although they make me cringe I can never really pull myself away from seeing them - they're my guilty pleasure. Bullet For My Valentine were a new love of mine and as we watched them me and my mum realised that the guitarist was topless in our camp earlier...and we didn't go and say hi! Kaiser Chiefs were brill; watching them reminds me of a few years back when my dad would play them constantly around the house! The Black Keys got me very excited (mostly because they were on before the Foos) and I loved dancing to Lonely Boy. Last of all was Foo Fighters. The set was truly magical. It started to chuck it down with rain during their set but it was so unnoticeable that I only realised after I'd watched them as I was drenched. The sun set as they played and it was truly bloody INCREDIBLE. I didn't shut up about them all night. 
After waking up to a little bit of sunshine the next day, we ate, drank, toileted ect. and then headed to see the bands. I saw Deaf Havana with my mum first as I'd been obsessed with them for the whole year. We were pretty close to the barriers which was a first for me! We then headed into the Guest Bar where we drank a lot whilst listening to Cancer Bats. We then headed to the NME stage to watch The Hives, although we'd forgotten they were on and missed most of the set and had to just dance outside the tent as it was jam-packed! They were amazing! We then headed to the Main Stage area again and sat on our garden chairs whilst watching Angels and Airwaves and Crystal Castles and then I got into party mode when You Me At Six played and they were AS ALWAYS incredible. We then parked our bums on those chairs and watched Bombay Bicycle Club but I can't recall if I enjoyed them or not. We ran to the 'pit' to watch Paramore, who were incredible as always!  The Cure headlined that night but they weren't impressing any of us so we decided to go on the big wheel instead and saw incredible views of the festival! 
The final day is always a sad one but that doesn't stop us from enjoying it. The sun was blazing that day and I was going to see one of my other favourite bands Enter Shikari on this day so I had to be cheerful. I dragged my mum to see OFWGKTA which was a bad idea. She hated them and kept snarling and asking me "what on earth are they saying?" and kept getting annoyed each time they said the C word. Lol. We then went to the barriers to see Enter Shikari who were absolutely brilliant! We then watched The Vaccines who were such a great, happy band to watch in the sun. We then got a great spot and watched Florence and The Machine who I adored. She was so fairy-like I loved her! I then got right into the crowd to watch Kasabian and they were literally epic - when they played Fire the roof was lifted. Well there wasn't a roof as it was open air but that's how good it was. 
I then ended the weekend a little too drunk, getting in trouble for drinking too much by my mum and then having a little bit of an argument with a man who said that Foo Fighters were "shit". How dare he. 




Click the titles to see Chapter 1 and 2 of Leeds Festival Series. 
Leeds 2010
Leeds 2011

Lots of Love
Jen xo

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