Yorkshire’s own The Cribs performed first and opened their 4pm set with ‘Mirror Kissers’. Gary Jarman of the band thanked fans for coming to see them and “welcoming us back home.” He added that today marked their eighth occasion performing at the festival.
A fan let off a green flare while another waved an inflatable penis as the Jarman brothers continued their set with ‘Come On, Be A No One’ while Ryan Jarman dedicated ‘Another Number’ to the “old school Cribs fans.”
“I remember when we played the comedy tent in 2002 and there was 50,000 fans there and it was fucking great.” Ryan Jarman recalled, exaggerating the band’s early popularity for comic effect.
With members of The Maccabees watching alongside fans in the crowd, the set ended with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo appearing on a video screen for his part on ‘Be Safe’ while a mosh pit started up for set closer ‘For All My Sisters’.
The Maccabees took to the stage off the back of new album ‘marks to prove it’ going to Number One in the UK Album Chart. Frontman Orlando Weeks thanked fans for helping them achieve the landmark chart position, saying: “Thanks to everyone who bought the new record we put out. You really helped us out.”
The band slipped the album title track into the middle of their set and also aired new material including ‘Something Like Happiness’, ‘Kamakura’ and ‘WW1 Portraits’.
However, it was older material that elicited the biggest cheers from the crowd with ‘Can You Give It’ and ‘Latchmere’ both perking up an audience basking in the mid afternoon sun.
Guitarist Felix White recalled the bands Leeds Festival journey, saying: “The first time we played Leeds we were first in the new bands tent. If you know this song then sing the chorus as loud as you can” before performing 2007 single ‘Precious Time’
Jamie T also payed tribute to The Maccabees chart success, revealing to the audience how he had “been watching the charts” all week when the band battled Lianne La Havas for the Number One spot earlier this month (August).
He dedicated a solo acoustic version of ‘Back In The Game’ to the band during a set split between 2014 album ‘Carry On The Grudge’ and older material given a new twist.
Opening with ‘Limits Lie’, the south-London singer asked the audience if they “like bouncing” before playing ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ and ‘Don’t You Find’. Jamie T apologised for not performing at the festival last year (he performed a secret set at Reading Festival in 2014) before playing ‘Man’s Machine’.
T’s band left the stage to allow him to play ‘Calm Down Dearest’ solo. He went on to set the record straight about his feelings on playing ‘Sheila’ too. “I was recently misquoted by XFM as saying that I don’t like playing this next song. What I said was I always think I don’t like playing it and then I see you lot going fucking mental and I change my mind. So print that XFM.”
The 45 minute set ended with ‘Zombie’ and a rapid fire run through ‘Sticks and Stones’, with a fan holding up a home made sign reading “lightweight prick”, after a lyric in the song, being caught on camera.
Jamie T played:
‘Earth Wind and Fire’
‘Don’t You Find?’
‘Calm Down Dearest’
‘If You Got The Money’