Ever since we heard Twin Peaks' early single 'Stand In The Sand' we've been on board with them.
It was all going so bloody well for Morrissey, too. Last year there was ‘Autobiography’ and, more crucially, this year along came ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’: two back-to-back documents which proved that his trademark wit, sharp-tongued barbs and oddly moving poetry were still intact. Deck the halls with boughs of gladioli, for pop’s arch miserabilist had returned. But then, if any Morrissey fan knows anything at all, it’s this: you can always trust ol’ Bigmouth, aka Stephen Patrick, to chuck a spanner in his own works.
Everything about tonight was extraordinary. First, for Kate Bush fans, it was a moment we never thought would happen. After 35 years away from the stage, we had accepted it was likely that our live experience of Bush would be consigned to the 1979 The Tour Of Life documentary and the music videos that followed. Second, well, we’re going to see Kate Bush, the ultimate one-of-a-kind. It is, really, the most extraordinary live event of the century so far. Never has so important an artist shunned the limelight for so long, while gathering legions of fans, generation after generation.
Since its advent in 1999, Leeds festival has grown to become a festival that pulls in a crowd of many cliques - there’s the teenagers, fresh-faced with their GCSE results in one hand and plastic tubes of neon paint dappling the other. There’s also the music enthusiasts, a clientele who congregate nonchalantly in the sidelines, tucking highlighted itineraries in their backpacks and bumbags.
Reading and Leeds Festival may have shut its gates again for another year but, as ever, it's given us an array of talking-point sets. Between its world-beating returning heroes (Arctic Monkeys) to its breakthrough stars (Royal Blood, Jungle), via more controversial performers like Fat White Family, tongues were set wagging around both sites. To gauge a sense of what it was like to really be there at the front at some of the weekend's biggest sets, we got fans at Leeds to give their three-word instant reviews straight after the gigs. The bands taking the stand for judgement?