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Toy and Superfood battle adverse weather conditions on first night of music at Leeds Festival

Honeyblood and Fryars also performed on Thursday night of festival (August 20)

Toy and Superfood battle adverse weather conditions on first night of music at Leeds Festival

Photo: Andy Hughes

Toy and Superfood battled torrential rain as they kicked off the musical performances at Leeds Festival last night (August 21).

Following a performance by Fryars, Honeyblood were greeted by a large crowd in front of the BBC Introducing stage and played through a half-hour set featuring songs from their debut album, released earlier this summer.

Speaking to the audience, lead singer Stina Tweeddale said, "Holy fuck guys, it's only Thursday." and asked if the audience was "Ready for the weekend?" The short set featured songs including 'Bud', 'Killer Bangs' and 'Choker' as well as new single 'Super Rat'.

Spotting audience members from their native Glasgow, Tweeddale also joked, "Watch out," before saying that the addition of Scots to the Leeds site made it feel like a "home away from home."

Shortly after Honeyblood finished, Birmingham band Superfood (pictured above) took to the stage and helped create the first mosh pit of the festival. Songs such as 'Bubbles' and 'TV' were greeted warmly by the audience, the biggest for all of the bands performing prior to the official start of the festival on Friday (August 22).

"Thanks for letting us start off your weekend," said frontman Dom Ganderton. He then referenced the poor weather conditions, saying "What a way to start the festival. In the rain," before playing new song 'Palisades'.

Finally, Toy (pictured right) arrived on stage as the rain reached its heaviest. The band managed to avoid a repeat of last years events, when Dutch Uncles were forced to cancel their performance on the same stage due to similar conditions. Playing a set comprised of songs from their 2012 debut and last year's 'Join The Dots', the London act kept the on-stage chat to a minimum and played eight songs during their 45-minute set.

Toy played:

'Colours Running Out'
'Too Far Gone To Know'
'Left Myself Behind'
'It's Been Too Long'
'Kopter'
'Fall Out of Love'
'Motoring'
'Join The Dots'


Blink-182 headline the first official day of Leeds Festival. They will be followed by Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore's joint-headline slots on Saturday and Arctic Monkeys on Sunday.

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