Mumfords light up day two of Leeds Festival

With the weather being kind again the 2015 Leeds Festival continued on its merry way into day two at Bramham Park.

By Tony Harber
Sunday, 30th August 2015, 10:39 am
Headline act: Marcus Mumford on the main stage at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber
Headline act: Marcus Mumford on the main stage at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber

Once again there was varied fare on offer from big names to those just stepping onto the road to fame and all music genres were represented across the nine stages.

The main stage was the place to be most o the time with a great line-up all day and into the night.

Headliners Mumford & Sons may not be everyone’s idea of an ideal Leeds Festival band and their near two-hour set may not go down as the most exciting in the event’s rich history, but for sheer class there cannot have been many better.

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Switching from their new full on electric guitar sound to their acoustic style of old they played a mix and match set that contained most of their best songs with a particular feature being the top notch sound that meant there was no trouble hearing what was going on wherever you were in the main arena.

Alt J, who met and formed in Leeds, were less impressive in the second from top slot as their original and hard to pigeon-hole indie style struggled to fill the huge field.

More showy and entertaining were All Time Low. Still a bit Green Day-lite in music style they may be, but for energy their late afternoon slot was hard to beat. They added some nice touches of humour and were joined on stage at one point by members of the crowd who were invited up to dance along and join in. Watch for this band being higher on the bill next time.

Panic! At The Disco also delivered an entertaining and unpredictable main stage set that included a full cover of Bohemian Rhapsody and a more than passable version of AC/DC’s Shook Me All Night Long.

Polite indie pop band Bastille worked hard to keep the good vibes going into the evening while earlier in the day great modern day British punk band Palma Violet, Welsh pop-punks Neck Deep, alternative rock band Drenge and the cheerful Mariachi El Bronx brought contrasting music to a terrific main stage line-up.

Elsewhere on day two, the biggest crowd could be found at the NME/Radio 1 Stage where old boys Limp Bizkit resurfaced to huge acclaim.

Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels also went down well on the same stage while Don Broco, Peace and The Struts had their share of fans.

The Lock Up Stage brought some nice surprises with The Menzingers and Skinny Lister proving entertaining new names to his event. The Bronx were their usual energetic selves and headliners New Found Glory went down well in a good slot for them.

The Festival Republic Stage drew bigger crowds than on the first day with highlights being Canadian indie pop band Alvvays, led by the charismatic singer Molly Rankin, the charming Misty Miller and the tuneful Saint Raymond and Eliza and the Bear.

Once again the Alternative Stage was the place to be for some big laughs, particularly from the ever so slightly dangerous Reginald D Hunter - who pulled in a massive crowd - and Andrew Maxwell.

Sara Pascoe was not at her slickest, but raised plenty of chuckles and was thought provoking in some of her subject matters while Andrew O’Neill’s History of Heavy Metal was perfect for this event and Joel Dommett and Paul Chowdhry were also good choices for festival crowds.

The Leeds Festival continues into its third day today with main stage headliners Metallica.