The second day of a festival always has a weird vibe, you’re a little bit hungover but you know you’ve still got two days of amazing music to go.
The only way to blow any cobwebs off is getting in a moshpit and sweating it out and the most perfect act to supply the music is non other than British legend Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes. Dropping Devil Inside Me before anyone has had their dinner is truly the most perfect way to start the day. Their women-only moshpit will forever get mentioned in reviews of the band as a poignant moment of their set- this is because it is unusual for acts to do something like this. Take note all acts, make a point of making your gigs a safe space for anyone who identifies as a woman.
The Festival Republic stage today was playing host again to the heaviest bands of the festival, however Irish folk band The Scratch did not quite fit the mould. However, they stormed their set and left everyone feeling hyped and ready for the rest of their day. Other acts we caught on this stage today were the fiery Witch Fever (who we interviewed, keep an eye out!), the curiously interesting Scene Queen, headbang heavy Tiger Cub and the effervescent Tigress. Two acts that are worth mentioning individually were As It Is and The Interrupters. As It Is have gone through some serious line-up changes with front man Patty Walters being the only surviving original member. The new era of As It Is is very different but it seems exciting, don’t worry fans of the band, they still play the old bangers including Dial Tones! The Interrupters were announced just before the festival as secret special guests and they did not disapppoint! Their cool ska beats got the whole tent bouncing from the first song until closer She’s Kerosene.
The BBC Radio 1 Dance tent was the place to be on Saturday for all the good vibes, revellers were losing their shit to each act no matter who entered the stage next. See below for some photos taken in the tent of the festival goers!
After a short visit to the Alternative Stage to catch Ed Gamble, our day had been mainly spent in the Festival Republic tent but we did manage to catch All Time Low and Megan Thee Stallion on the main stage. ATL have played the festival countless times and know exactly how to wow a West Yorkshire crowd, their cheeky pop punk going down well on the West Main Stage. Megan Thee Stallion arrives 20 minutes late to her set but wow was it worth it! She brought sexiness, sass and hot girl summer to the Main Stage. Inviting “hotties” from the crowd to dance with her on stage, she silenced anyone who was questioning if she would be good enough to headline the festival, her performance was huge and exciting. Although I’d advise her to arrive on stage on time next time, Leeds doesn’t like waiting.
Overall a great day of exciting new music and two interesting headliners to close out the day.