Saturday at Leeds was a little quieter for me – I saw seven acts in total, one of which was unplanned. The weather was fairly good, with only a couple of heavy showers throughout the day which were, thankfully, easy to avoid. Here are the photos I snapped:
G E R A R D W A Y ★★★☆☆
Some of Gerard’s new songs sounded pretty decent, and I found myself tapping my foot along to them. However, some of them seemed to miss their target for me, and I think I would need to listen to them again to be able to gauge if buying his solo album would be a good choice.
R E D F A N G ★★★☆☆
I didn’t plan on watching Red Fang, but when it started to rain I decided to camp in the NME/Radio 1 Stage until La Dispute came on. I had no idea what to expect from these guys, but their live performance was good and I enjoyed their songs. I’ll definitely be checking out their music now that I’m home.
L A D I S P U T E ★★☆☆☆
I expected big things from La Dispute, considering how vocal their fanbase is on social media, however I found their live performance really disappointing. The vocals from Jordan were seriously lacking, and even though the rest of the band performed well I wouldn’t recommend seeing them live. Also, Jordan gave himself a bloody lip after swinging the microphone into his mouth – not a particularly good omen.
D E A F H A V A N A ★★★★☆
I also expected big things from Deaf Havana, and unlike La Dispute these guys really delivered. They had a great energy and stage presence, and the vocals were spot on throughout the set.
M A L L O R Y K N O X ★★★★☆
Mallory Knox were absolutely brilliant. They played a nice mix of heavy and slower songs, as well as songs from both their previous album Signals and upcoming LP Asymmetry, out in October. Mikey’s vocals were strong throughout, and I don’t think any member of the band (excluding drummer Dave, of course) stayed still for more than a couple of seconds throughout the performance – I could really tell that they were excited to be on stage.
T W I N A T L A N T I C ★★★★☆
After hearing the Scottish four piece perform live previously I didn’t have particularly high expectations for them, because they’ve performed a few lower-than-average gigs in the past. Their performance on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, however, surprised me in how good it was. Sam’s vocals were on point throughout, and the band were really good at getting the crowd excited. I will definitely have to invest in their latest album.
E N T E R S H I K A R I ★★★★☆
Enter Shikari really know how to put on a show. They played a good mix of older and new songs, as well as a preview of their latest song The Anaesthetist. Drummer Robert’s “I met God, she’s black” t-shirt was a nice touch, as was Rou’s denouncing of racism, homophobia, sexism and misogyny between songs.
What were your Saturday highlights? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!