Eminem will headline final day of the Yorkshire festival.
The final day of Leeds Festival 2013 is underway, with acts including Drenge and EarlWolf – the collaboration between Odd Future stablemates Tyler, The Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt already having performed.
Jake Bugg repeated his set from Reading Festival on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage, playing the same songs he did on the sister site when performing directly before tent headliners Alt-J . Space in the tent was minimal with thousands of people gathering to watch the teenager perform new songs and his hit singles. Lit by a single spotlight, Bugg opened with ‘Fire’ and then also performed ‘Broken’ to a sea of lighters held aloft in the audience. Elsewhere in the audience was a fan holding a sign which read: “Jake Bugg Plz Sign My Boobs”. New tracks from Bugg’s forthcoming second album included the upbeat ‘You and Me’ and another unheard track titled ‘Kingpin’. Later on in the set, Bugg complimented his vocal crowd, saying: “You’re all very good singers” and performed the hit singles ‘Two Fingers’, ‘Seen It All’ and set closer ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Tame Impala performed a truncated set after arriving 20 minutes late for their 7:40pm slot on the NME Stage. Speaking to the audience, frontman Kevin Parker explained that he, “Woke up feeling very sick,” but that the huge turnout was making him feel better. Opening with ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’, the band ran through a number of tracks from their 2012 album ‘Lonerism’, including ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’. Parker also thanked Imagine Dragons for performing before them, commenting that they were an “appropriate fit” shortly before playing the rapturously received ‘Elephant’.
Leeds festival-goers were running to get to Chase & Status on the Main Stage, where they proved to be by far one of the biggest draws of the weekend. Despite the enthusiasm of the audience, there was no early repeat of yesterday’s events at Reading, where the show was stopped on numerous occasions because of crushes in the crowd. Opening with ‘No Problem’ ‘Eastern Jam’ and ‘Hypest Hype’, they performed atop a flashing ‘C’ and ‘S’, as MC Rage worked the crowd.
Foals ended their game-changing summer with a third-from-top slot on the Main Stage. Kicking off with ‘Prelude’, ‘Olympic Airwaves’ and ‘My Number’, singer Yannis Philippakis then addressed the numerous crowd. “It’s muddy out there right?” he questioned. “This song’s about being an animal. The first animal in the trough.” Foals then played a heavy take on ‘Providence’, with Philippakis descending into the crowd, before the singer dedicated a following ‘Spanish Sahara’ to “all the people who’ve been on a three-day bender, all the single mums and all my friends”. The Oxford quintet continued with ‘Red Sox Pugie’, ‘Late Night’ and hit single ‘Inhaler’ – before which the fiery frontman told the audience they were better than Reading and instructed them “to go apeshit”. Foals then climaxed with an extended ‘Two Steps, Twice’, with Philippakis crowdsurfing into the front rows before exiting to huge applause.
Johnny Marr, meanwhile, graced the NME Stage after Palma Violets, drawing in a packed-out and enthusiatic crowd to his 40-minute slot. “It’s good to be back up North,” the Manchester legend declared. “I went down south for a whole 24 hours yesterday and it was too weird.” Marr then played a host of tracks from recent solo venture ‘The Messenger’ including ‘Generate! Generate!’ and ‘Sun and Moon’ befire breaking into Smiths classic ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, inciting a massive crowd singalong. Marr then covered ‘I Fought The Law’, before ending with a double-whammy of oldies, ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’.
Chance The Rapper brought his ‘Acid Rap’ mixtape to Leeds, performing tracks to a small but dedicated audience on the 1xtra Stage. Bounding on to ‘Good Ass Intro (So Good)’ the Chicago rapper charmed the crowd with his charismatic stage presence and also performed mixtape highlights ‘Pusha Man’, ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ and ‘Everybody’s Something.’
Jagwar Ma played a late-afternoon slot on the Dance Stage, beginning with an elongated opening to ‘What Love’ before vocalist Gabriel Winterfield emerged to finish the track. The group, completed by Jono Ma and an additional live bassist, then continued with single ‘Man I Need’, ‘Exercise’ and a well-received ‘Come Save Me’. Moving onto ‘Four’, the band then thanked the Sunday crowd for attending their set, with Winterfield stating, “We’re just getting going and now we have to finish,” then telling the stage crew to “turn the fucking smoke machine off”, before ending with a lengthened take on breakthrough hit ‘The Throw’.
Palma Violets took to the NME Stage at 4:20pm, bearing witness to the sight of a man wearing a Mick Jagger mask crowdsurfing during their set. The rubber-faced individual was spotted during ‘Step Up for the Cool Cats’, which was played shortly before the warmly received ‘Best Of Friends’. Elsewhere in their set, the London band played ‘Johnny Bag O’Donuts’ and ‘Brand New Song’. Dressed in a black Nick Cave t-shirt, bass player Chilli Jesson thanked the audience for coming to see the band.
Over on the Main Stage, White Lies were blessed with glorious sunshine but cursed by technical demons. After telling the crowd how pleased they were to be back at Leeds, they had to abandon an attempt to play new single ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ due to “technical problems”, instead diverting to a crowd-pleasing ‘Fairwell To The Fairground’. The new single followed, with singer Harry McVeigh declaring it “second time lucky”.
Swim Deep played a hugely well attended set on the Festival Republic Stage. Performing songs from their debut album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’, the Birmingham band stuck single ‘Honey’ early in the set, going on to play ‘The Sea’ and ‘She Changes The Weather’ with a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ tucked inbetween. The set ended with a huge singalong to ‘King City’. Later at the same stage, The 1975 trumped them for attendance, being the day’s first example of a band performing in a tent that’s way too small for them, the crowd spilling out at the back and sides.
Earl Sweatshirt performed songs from his new album ‘Doris’ alongside fellow Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator on the Main Stage. Performing under the name EarlWolf, both artists took turns playing tracks from their respective back catalogues, with Sweatshirt treating mud-soaked fans to ‘Woah’ and ‘Molasses’ from the new album, released this week. Meanwhile Tyler, The Creator shouted “Give it up for black people!” before playing ‘Domo23’ and ‘Bimmer’. Tyler later ended the 45 minute set five minutes early, saying “Thanks assholes,” as he left the stage.
Drenge mightn’t have had much to say to the large crowd awaiting them at the Festival Republic tent, but their no-nonsense performance did the trick anyway. It’s perhaps unsurprising, given that they recently sang the praises of the local scene. “The scene in Leeds is fucking ridiculous and I’m really envious of it. I really want to move to Leeds just so I can go to the Brudenell every night and watch the support bands,” drummer Rory has said.
Playing much of debut album ‘Drenge’, which came out this week, the Loveless brothers turned in a heavy set that climaxed with the dirgey ‘Let’s Pretend’. “Thanks for having us Leeds, it’s been a lot of fun but we’ve only got one more song for you. Sorry,” said singer/guitarist Eoin. It seemed like it was news to Rory, who had already left the stage. The set proper ended with guitarist swinging his guitar wildly above his head and the drummer throwing his sticks into the crowd.
Eminem will bring the festival to a close as he headlines the Main Stage tonight. Johnny Marr, Jake Bugg, Foals and Chase & Status will also perform across the final day at Bramham Park.