Babymetal bring ‘true metal’ to Leeds Festival 2015 with Main Stage opening set

Japanese band opened the final day of this year's festival

The final day of Leeds Festival 2015 (August 30) has begun with Japanese trio Babymetal opening the Main Stage with a spectacular performance.

A huge crowd gathered to see the three-piece, including fans who dressed in Baby Metal’s distinct wardrobe of red puffball skirts and black leather tunics.

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The band’s fictional back story was revealed before they arrived on stage at 12pm, with a voice over stating that “a new style of heavy metal” was invented “A long time ago in a heavy metal galaxy far away…” by a mythical fox god.

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Singer Su Metal of the group sported a demonic cat mask during second song ‘Megitsune’ while her bandmates, Yuimetal and Moametal, performed a choreographed routine to the heavy metal riffing going on around them. Backed by an older, all male band who all sported white robes and face paint, Babymetal went on to unveil a special Babymetal flag in the colours of the union jack.

Toward the end of the set the music stopped and the band’s manifesto was projected on the big screens flanking either side of the Main Stage. Cut between photoshopped images of the band meeting members of Metallica and Rob Halford of Judas Priest, the message read: “If you show true courage we will show true metal.”

The half-hour set ended with the band plugging their April 2016 live date at Wembley Arena in London and performing the song ‘Zettai’

Babymetal played:

‘Babymetal Death’
‘Road of Resistance’
‘Gimme Chocolate!!’
‘Ijime, Dame, Zettai’


Metallica headline the same stage tonight. Today sees performances from Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen and a surprise Foals set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.