Leeds Festival - Friday review feat. Gaslight Anthem, Coasts, Years & Years, Little Comets, The Libertines & more...
Gaslight Anthem has made no secret that after Reading and Leeds festival that they will be going on an indefinite hiatus. The New Jersey rockers told fans, “We’re all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we’d like to step away from the band until we decide what we’d like to do next.”
The Maccabees take to the main stage mid-afternoon and the fervent crowd couldn’t be happier. It is no mean feat having to step up to the stage ahead of the likes of Jamie T and Kendrick Lamar but their blend of pop and quirky indie beats wins the crowd over in no time. With a new album in fans minds they play hits both old and new. ‘Marks To Prove it’, the album’s title track is building and lead singer Orlando Weeks is right at home their on the huge stage. Effortless in nature The Maccabees put on an impressive performance. Older classics such as ‘No Kind Words’ are still infectious and the crowd sings every word back. Worthy of their spot on the main stage they have quite easily wooed the festival goers at Leeds. 8/10
Coasts may be a new name on the scene, but they’re a name you should get on your radar pretty swiftly. Having just been added to the Radio 1 playlist and with an album on the near horizon (Sept 25 for your diaries) they are definitely one of the best new acts we check out today. The sun is shining, the beers are flowing and their tropical indie sound is the perfect afternoon serenade. Although the Festival Republic tent is only half full, the further along their set goes the more people are lured inside. And the crowd that is present are whole heartedly throwing themselves to the infectious sounds of the Bristol five piece. Highlights include ‘Wallow’ and single ‘Modern Love’. Saving the best until last, Coasts dazzle with huge summer anthem, ‘Oceans’. They are a band to watch out for, so tune in now and they will soon become your new favourite.8.5/10
We Are The Ocean
Have had a phenomenal 2015 so far and we are back at the Festival Republic stage to check out their set this year. With their ‘Ark’ album newly unleashed they bring a new vigour to the stage. Far gone are their post hardcore days and in their place an impressive rock edge with a vintage and classic feel. They bring to the stage a sense of purpose and their set is filled with confidence and the packed out tent is hanging on every single word. Front man Liam Cromby’s vocals bring a passion and soulful mix to the set; songs such as ‘Young Heart’ and ‘The Road’ show off the bands tight skill. The short and sweet set is the perfect length and amount of energy is raucous within the tent. The newer tracks are stand out; ‘Holy Fire’ captivating and soars over the tent as the sun sets on day 1. 7/10 However the night is still young and on the festival continues… 7/10