Feed The Rhino open Leeds Festival with energetic Main Stage set

Early sets also come from The Skints, Petite Meller and The Six

Feed The Rhino opened the Main Stage at Leeds Festival 2015 with an energetic set that ended with the first crowdsurfing band member of the weekend.

The heavily tattooed Kent metal band played a selection of tracks from their ‘The Sorrow And The Sound’ album, released in summer 2014, in front of the early morning crowd.

Frontman Lee Tobin wasted no time in embracing his fans on the front row, while bass player Oz Craggs situated himself by the audience during a chaotic run through ‘Deny And Offend’. The band’s drummer, Chris Kybert, stayed onstage after everyone else had left and threw his sticks in the air before running off the stage and diving into the crowd where he was held aloft by fans.

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Elsewhere on the site, The Skints brought their blend of punk and ska to the NME/Radio 1 Stage. “Leeds, it’s Friday morning,” said guitarist Joshua Waters Rudge. “You’re wicked. Thank you for coming down and having a Skints party.” The London band’s laid-back set included a cover of Katy B’s 2010 single ‘On A Mission’, which was a good showcase for Marcia Richards’ vocals.

Leeds based musician Robert Harvey, meanwhile, was on the Radio One Dance Stage with his new band The Six. Harvey is better known for his time in The Music and Mike Skinner’s The DOT and is appearing alongside former Delphic member Richard Boardman in the house-pop act. Their energetic set brought a number of people into the tent and acted as warm-up for Petite Meller and her unique brand of pop straight after. Meller’s set included the single ‘Baby Love’ and a memorable bongo solo from a member of her backing band.

Further performances on the Main Stage today will come from The Cribs, The Maccabees, Jamie T, Kendrick Lamar and headliners The Libertines. Keep up to date on NME.COM.