August Bank Holiday means a couple of things. It’s likely to rain at some point and of course, it’s the Leeds Festival. Here, KVH Studios head of music picks some of the highlights for the next three days.
The first day of the festival is being headlined by Muse, who don’t have any new material to push, so a greatest hits set would be nice. Away from the main stage Festival Republic and the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage both have a great line up. Festival Republic have Ten Tonnes, Will Joseph Cook, Phantogram, the brilliant Ash and the amazing voice of Tom Grennan, all topped off by The Hunna.
Over on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage, longtime KVH Studios favourites Fickle Friends, SG Lewis, The Sherlocks and Mura Musa joined by headliners Haim.
While Rat Boy, Circa Waves and Two Door Cinema Club are doing the business on the Main Stage on Saturday, we suggest that you start early and position yourself at the Festival Republic Stage. The awesome Yonaka start proceedings at noon and then are followed by the equally brilliant The Amazons, Louis Berry, The Big Moon and the amazing Cosima.
Elsewhere, we have been big fans of Marika Hackman since 2012, and she brings her latest album to the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage just before 1pm. Another singer that has been on our radar since 2012 is Josephine Vander Gucht. Back then she was known as Layla, now she has joined forces with Anthony West to form Oh Wonder. Their single Ultralife has to be one of the best songs of the year. They are also on NME/BBC Radio 1 stage, at 4.15.
Eminem returns to the Leeds Festival for the first time in 4 years to headline the Main stage on Sunday.
Once again, the Festival Republic and NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage are where it’s at on Sunday. The former has the amazing Japanese House, who we have been following for a couple of years here at KVH Studios and she continues to produce amazing music. Superfood are also performing early doors.
Over on the NME/BBCR1 stage there’s some great acts. Take your pick from Glass Animals, Everything Everything, the truly brilliant Loyle Carner and Sundara Karma.
Elsewhere, there’s artists from both ends of the fame scale. On the Introducing stage are Pale Waves and one of the artists of the moment, Stefflon Dan is playing BBC Radio 1Xtra stage, while the legendary Goldie is on the BBC Radio 1 dance stage.
Full details of the event can be found here https://www.leedsfestival.com/, and if you are an armchair fan, the BBC will have coverage of Leeds Festival partner, Reading Festival across the weekend, but obviously the line-up for each day is different in Reading, so check listings for full details.