Live Review: Leeds Festival – Bramham Park, Wetherby 25.08.2023 – 27.08.2023

Jason Siddall

A Brilliant Weekend of Music and Memories  

Leeds Festival 2023 proved to be an electrifying and unforgettable weekend with attendees enjoying music, camaraderie, and some epic performances. 

The festival, held against the picturesque backdrop of Bramham Park, once again showcased why it remains a staple on the summer circuit. From the stellar lineup to the vibrant atmosphere, this year’s edition solidified its status as a must-attend event for music enthusiasts of all ages and genres.

The lineup was a blend of established legends and rising stars, catering to diverse tastes and creating an eclectic yet somehow cohesive experience. Headliners such as The Killers, The 1975, Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Foals and Imagine Dragons brought their A-game, delivering powerful and captivating sets that spanned discographies. The Leeds crowd’s energy during these headlining performances was nothing short of electric. Other notable Main Stage performances came from Nothing But Thieves and Inhaler who were both incredible.

It wasn’t just the headliners though that stole the spotlight. The variety of stages allowed festival-goers to explore different sounds and stumble upon hidden gems. The lineup boasted an array of talent across genres, from indie rock to electronic and hip-hop. On the BBC Introducing Stage acts like Frankie Beetlestone, Frozemode, Matilda Man, Haunt The Woods and Charlotte Plank left a lasting impression, gathering new fans with raw talent and energetic stage presence. Yard Act surprised with a brilliant ‘secret set’ on Saturday.

Caity Baser pulled a huge crowd (again!) on the BBC Radio 1 Dance stage on Sunday. The Festival Republic stage saw a brilliant lineup of Indie / Hard rock talent, Magnolia Park really impressed. The Alternative Stage offered a mix of fantastic (and funny!) comedians. 

The festival grounds were a vibrant tapestry of sights and sounds, offering more than just musical performances with a variety of food stalls, fairground rides and stand alone chill out bar areas. The Silent Disco, a perennial favourite, provided a unique way to carry on the festival party into the early hours, for those with more stamina than me of course! 

One of the standout features I picked up this year was the sense of community at the event. The festival organisers had clearly worked hard to ensure a safe environment for younger festival goers, security staff were friendly and clearly visible and help always seemed to be on hand.

Of course, no festival is without its logistical challenges. While the organisers made significant strides in managing crowds and ensuring a smooth flow, some areas experienced congestion. However, the overwhelming positivity and collective spirit of the attendees managed to overshadow these minor inconveniences.

In conclusion, Leeds Festival 2023 was an exhilarating celebration of music, culture, inclusion and togetherness. The seamless interplay between iconic headliners and emerging talents, the vibrant festival grounds, and the genuine sense of community made it an experience that will resonate with attendees. As the sun set on Bramham Park, it marked the end of a festival where cherished memories were created and future headliners were born. 

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