Wild Beasts triumph at Leeds Festival homecoming

Post-rockers weird out crowd at Festival Republic stage

Wild Beasts played a triumphant ‘homecoming’ set at Leeds Festival today (August 22).

Although originally hailing from Kendal in Cumbria, the post-rockers have been Leeds residents since 2005 – and they were given a warm reception by the crowd during their set on the Festival Republic stage.

The band played a set composed mainly of tracks from their recently released debut album ‘Limbo Panto’, including the singles ‘Please Sir’ and ‘The Devil’s Crayon’.


During the set, however, they barely acknowledged their fans, concentrating instead on weirding them out with their strange lyrics and epic post-rock songs.

Their bizarre falsetto-led tunes were matched by their onstage outfits – with singer Hayden Thorpe particularly notable for his shorts and trenchcoat combo.

The band closed with the fitting ‘Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye’, before finally breaking their between-song silence to thank fans for their patience.

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