After what has been a terrific festival season, its only right that we descend on Reading & Leeds, perhaps a student’s mecca. Taking place just as GCSE day rolls around its often a party for students and this year’s line-up certainly brought a party.
Leeds Festival 2017 boasted perhaps the best full line-up of the year with staple student radio artists tucked into every nook and cranny of stages across the festival. From headline performances from the likes of Kasabian down to BBC Introducing slots from next big things Pale Waves, there was a lot of music to talk about and below you can hear our podcasts from the three days of the festival.
In our Friday podcast you’ll hear CSRfm’s Head of Music Jack Allcock talk through interviews with Scottish hip hop group The LaFontaines, singer songwriter Ten Tonnes, Irish indie rockers Picture This, grunge rock band VANT & one of our favourite voices of the year, Tom Grennan.
There were also plenty of bands to catch on the Friday. We opened the day with a secret set from Rock gods Queens of the Stone Age which was a huge surprise for festival goers. Later in the day Liam Gallagher brought the thunder by storming through Oasis hits Rock N Roll Star & Morning Glory to start his set. It was one of the biggest crowds of the weekend for certain. Muse triumphantly followed but on the smaller stages there were hit laden sets to be found from Charli XCX, Haim & Dave, the latter bringing out J Hus to perform their student radio favourite, Samantha together.
In our Saturday podcast, Spark Sunderland’s Steph Chungu brings us highlights from the Saturday including a plethora of interviews from indie rockers Circa Waves, Louis Berry & The Amazons as well as the heavier Arcane Roots, Idles, Mallory Knox & Deap Valley. Last but not least, Steph speaks to pop band Oh Wonder.
There were tonnes of musical highlights on the Saturday especially the relentlessness of the Festival Republic Stage which boasted all of our favourites in a row with The Amazons, Louis Berry, Idles & The Big Moon all on simultaneously. The night-time was all about rave as Fat Boy Slim took to the stage and played through an insane set of trance and acid house tunes.
Lastly in our Sunday podcast, Shock Radio’s Tom Hinckley brings us the close of the festival which turned out to be a fantastic day. We spoke to an insane amount of artists with Pale Waves, Frank Carter, Glass Animals, Superfood, Get Inuit, Sundara Karma, Everything Everything, Marmozets & Sigrid all featuring.
Musically the day was all about Eminem to close who put on a career spanning set which drew perhaps even a bigger audience than Liam Gallagher. To have Braham Park graced by both legends in one weekend is testament to the great booking of the festival. Other highlights included the fashionably late Migos, PVRIS who debuted new album material and a packed out Major Lazer.
Tickets for 2018 are already available and with some of the line-up set to be revealed this year, you should start saving your pennies now for a weekend you won’t forget!