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Downpours fail to dampen spirits at Leeds Festival

Picture shows a festival goer diving into the mud at the famous Leeds Festival 2013, held for the 15th year at Bramham Park, in the grounds of a historic house on August bank holiday weekend. The festival is the largest in the north of England and attracts crowds of 80,00 people.

rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

Picture shows a festival goer diving into the mud at the famous Leeds Festival 2013, held for the 15th year at Bramham Park, in the grounds of a historic house on August bank holiday weekend. The festival is the largest in the north of England and attracts crowds of 80,00 people. rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

Revellers continued to enjoy Leeds Festival as heavy rain battered the Bramham Park site on Saturday.

Music stars such as Bastille and Parquet Courts entertained crowds on the second day of the rock event near Wetherby.

Wellington boots were a must as the rain ensured mud swiftly caked the main pathways and car parks.

But the weather failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands of music lovers who had endured heavy rain on Friday night as they enjoyed watching Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro headline the Main Stage.

Rock fan Frankie Jackson, 24, said: “I always knew there was a chance it would rain, I’ve been to Leeds Festival before, and it was torrential, so I’m not surprised.

“I think people just forget about the rain and enjoy watching bands, that’s what it’s all about.”

Student Henry Cross, 28 said: “I really enjoyed Parquet Courts this afternoon, their set was great.

“I’m looking forward to Eminem tomorrow night, I hope he gets through the mud!”

Others at the festival took to Twitter to have their say.

Steve Garrigan of band Kodaline, who played the NME/Radio1 stage early on Saturday, said: “It’s definitely raining at Leeds festival.”

@Lannn_Gardner wrote: “Swimming around Leeds Festival. #RainRainGoAway”

@Archer_Samantha wrote: “Would really really really like the rain to stop for Leeds Festival tomorrow”

Green Day will headline the Main Stage tonight, while Skrillex wil entertain on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Among those performing on Sunday are Leeds band Alt-J, rapper Eminem and British Sea Power.

See Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser series for a full report and reviews.

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Leeds Festival: Friday

 
 
 

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