The second day of Leeds Festival 2015 has come to an end with a headline set from Mumford & Sons and appearances from alt-J, Run The Jewels and Neck Deep among others.
Mariachi El Bronx played their second set of the Reading & Leeds Festival weekend, opening the Main Stage. The eight-piece band – which includes members of hardcore punk outfit The Bronx – turned up onstage dressed in black and gold mariachi outfits.
Frontman Matt Caughthran was a lively presence throughout and led the band through set opener ‘Right Between The Eyes’ and crooned the 2009 single ‘Cell Mates’. Backed by a string player and brass band, the band played for just half an hour and kept stage chatter to a minimum.
Neck Deep, meanwhile, recovered from the departure of guitarist Lloyd Roberts earlier this week to get the Leeds Festival crowd bouncing. Roberts left the band after having been accused of sending innapropriate text messages to an underage fan.
The Welsh pop-punk act ended their set with acoustic sing-along ‘A Part Of Me’ and ‘Over and Over’. For the latter, Barlow, asked fans to “give everything you’ve fucking got” and commanded fans start two circle pits near the front.
Run The Jewels performed a passionate set on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage. Killer Mike thanked NME for having them on the stage and requested that the rap duo win an award at next year’s NME Awards. The set was filled with tracks from the band’s two albums, including Zach De La Rocha collaboration ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)’.
Alt-J paid tribute to “the city where it all began” as they played on the Main Stage before headliners Mumford & Sons.
It was a homecoming of sorts for the trio, who formed in Leeds University in 2007. Striding on at 7.15pm, the band began with ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ – featuring a sample of Miley Cyrus’ voice – and ‘Fitzpleasure’ – before keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton enthused: “It’s great to be home.”
After ‘Warm Foothills’, Unger-Hamilton again praised the city, saying “Thank you for such a wonderful reception in the city where it all began”, before introducing the 2012 single ‘Breezeblocks’ – greeted by a sea of fans making triangle hand gestures – as “our last song It was written in a terraced house like so many others.”
Mumford and Sons brought the day to a close with lead singer Marcus Mumford having his shirt ripped open after embracing fans in the audience.
The band played a 90-minute set on the Main Stage and opened up with the rocky ‘Snake Eyes’, a taste of the band’s 2015 album ‘Wilder Mind’ which accounted for the heaviest moments of the set. “We’re super proud of this album,” keyboard player Ben Lovett told the crowd before introducing the album title track.
Having weighed the middle of the set with songs including ‘Tompkins Square Park’, ‘Thistle and Weeds’ and ‘Below My Feet’, Mumford declared it “time for a fucking party” while Lovett took the chance to tell the Leeds fans how people in the north are much better looking than in the south. The transparent crowd pleasing move working on a crowd who cheered loudly.
Taking the chance to embrace his UK fans, Mumford entered the crowd to sing ‘Ditmas’ in the front row of the audience. He emerged at the end of the song with his shirt ripped open and his hair ruffled. The sight of the bedraggled Mumford amused his bandmates, who openly laughed at their frontman’s plight.