Leeds fest is known for its rock and indie acts and never fails to disappoint. Last year’s head-liners included the likes of Foo Fighters, the return of 1970’s The Cure and finally, Kasabian. However, 2013 has given us the biggest (unwanted) shock since Jay-Z headlined Glastonbury in 2008. Eminem is headlining. Yes, it’s controversial, but it could work. Okay, so maybe it won’t, it definitely won’t. Especially with confirmed acts such as alternative metal band Deftones , electronic Sub Focus and alternative/indie Mercury Prize winners Alt J also taking to the stage. However, many people have dubbed the Slim Shady Singer as ‘an icon of modern culture’ and ‘the most successful rapper in history’ but I still can’t quite see the out-of-date rapper as the missing piece of the Leeds/Reading Fest puzzle.
This week saw the second hit of confirmed acts for the 2013 line up; and oh how people’s music tastes have changed over-night. It’s quite amazing really, the beauty of Spotify online; ‘Sheep #1 is listening to Bring Me The Horizon’ ‘Sheep #2 is listening to System of a Down’ ‘Sheep #3 is listening to Biffy Clyro’. Yeah, you get the picture I’m trying to paint. However, putting the sheep aside, I’m so happy with the line up so far! I can’t wait to relive my early teenage years with the return of pop/punk Fall Out Boy who have recently described their reunion as the band equivalent to ‘Saved by the Bell: The College Years’. They have begun their reunion with new single My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark.
The line-up has also delivered us greatly desired Foals, Biffy Clyro and Jake Bugg that have all brought us incredible new music this year. Not forgetting the re-appearance of Oli Sykes led Bring Me the Horizon that also took to the festivals stage in 2011. Oh, and how could I forget this year’s rumours. If they are true it will be, in my opinion, the BEST weekend of music this summer. The festival is known as the place to be to experience new music phenomenon’s, so how could it not be with acts such as Peace, Django Django and Palma Violets at the top of the rumoured list for the NME stage.