Mariachi El Bronx and Neck Deep kick off day two of Leeds Festival 2015

Hardcore band The Bronx's mariachi side project begin second day of festival

Mariachi El Bronx played their second set of the Reading & Leeds Festival weekend today, opening the Main Stage at Bramham Park in Leeds.

The eight-piece band – which includes members of hardcore punk outfit The Bronx, who are due to play the Lock Up Stage later this evening – turned up onstage dressed in black and gold mariachi outfits.

Frontman Matt Caughthran was a lively presence throughout and led the band through set opener ‘Right Between The Eyes’ and crooned the 2009 single ‘Cell Mates’. Backed by a string player and brass band, the band played for just half an hour and kept stage chatter to a minimum.

Caughhtran ended the set with ‘Revolution Girls’ and took the opportunity to introduce each member of the band, before ending by screaming the name of his band at the top of his lungs.

Neck Deep, meanwhile, recovered from the departure of guitarist Lloyd Roberts earlier this week to get the Leeds Festival crowd bouncing. Roberts left the band after having been accused of sending innapropriate text messages to an underage fan.

Lead singer Ben Barlow, wearing a red baseball cap, asked fans if they liked his long blonde hair when he removed the hat and dedicated one song to his girlfriend, who was in the audience watching.

The Welsh pop-punk act ended their set with acoustic sing-along ‘A Part Of Me’ and ‘Over and Over’. For the latter, Barlow, asked fans to “give everything you’ve fucking got” and commanded fans start two circle pits near the front.

Later on today, Leeds Festival will see performances from the likes of Run The Jewels, Alt-J and Mumford & Sons.

Further performances on the Main Stage today will come from Drenge, Palma Violets, Alt-J and headliners Mumford and Sons. Keep up to date on NME.COM.
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