Carling Weekend: Leeds begins with pleas for peace

Bands and fans unite to support 'Love Not Riots'

The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival has kicked off with bands, organisers and fans sending out a warning to potential trouble makers.

Festival bosses have backed the ‘Love Not Riots’ campaign, organised by two fans, Zena Gardner and Amy Last, who are fed up with violence at festivals. Last year’s final night in Leeds saw trouble for the second year in a row.

Since the festival began today (August 25), many music fans are wearing white ‘Love Not Riots’ badges. The campaign has even reached the attention of some bands.


Hometown heroes Forward Russia sent out their support for the ‘Love Not Riots’ campaign during their set.

Drummer Katie Nicholls told the crowd: “Look at my bass drum skin, it says ‘Love Not Riots’. Don’t burn any toilets!”

The bands are now in full swing at Bramham Park in Leeds. On the main stage Mastadon opened a day dominated by rock music, which will be headlined by Pearl Jam and see a performance later by My Chemical Romance.

Over in the dance tent, Lady Sovereign drew a big crowd for her thirty minute set as she performed The Ordinary Boys track ‘Nine2Five’, alongside forthcoming single ‘Love Me Or Hate Me’.

On the NME/Radio 1 stage Metric drew the biggest early afternoon crowd of the day, while other highlights included Tapes N’ Tapes and Hope Of The States.

For full festival coverage go to our festival mini site NME.COM/festivals.


Plus check out next week’s issue of NME, on newsstands nationwide from August 30, for the ultimate review of the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals.