Alt-J pay tribute to city where they formed as they play Main Stage set at Leeds Festival 2015

Band began at Leeds University in 2007

Alt-J paid tribute to “the city where it all began” as they played Leeds Festival tonight (August 29).

It was a homecoming of sorts for the trio, who formed in Leeds University in 2007. Striding on at 7.15pm, the band launched into ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ – featuring a sample of Miley Cyrus’ voice – and ‘Fitzpleasure’ – before keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton enthused: “It’s great to be home.”

All dressed in black, with Unger-Hamilton sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with a US flag with the stars replaced by weeping eyes, the group played a mix of tracks cherry-picked from their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ and its follow-up, 2014’s ‘This Is All Yours’.


Warming up for Mumford & Sons on the main stage, the band utilised the same setlist as their Reading appearance the night before, with the group – bolstered by touring bassist Cameron Knight – remaining static behind their instruments, subsumed in smoke, and lasers. Screens at the side of the stage projected the band members in sepia, with a grainy, flickering filter over it.

During ‘’Left Hand Free’, the crowd vaulted onto each others’ shoulders, while ‘Matilda’ and ‘Every Other Freckle’ elicited communal sing-alongs.

After ‘Warm Foothills’, Unger-Hamilton again praised the city, saying “Thank you for such a wonderful reception in the city where it all began”, before introducing the 2012 single ‘Breezeblocks’ – greeted by a sea of fans making triangle hand gestures – as “our last song It was written in a terraced house like so many others.”

Alt J played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Bloodflood Pt. 2’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Warm Foothills’