Sad news, everyone - UK festival season is at almost at an end, with winter beckoning and only a smattering of exciting record releases to brighten up the gloomy months ahead. But hang on a second, it's not done quite yet - Bestival takes place on the Isle of Wight this weekend, offering one last hurrah for British festival-goers to check out their favourite bands.
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?
From Arctic Monkeys to Danny Brown and Warpaint to Paramore, Reading & Leeds festival 2014 had a varied line-up.
It wouldn't be too much of a superlative stretch to say that 'AM' has become the album of the decade so far. Since its release back in September of 2013, Arctic Monkeys' fifth effort has propelled the band from British national treasures to a world-beating concern.