Leeds Festival - Sunday

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Yorkshire’s own Arctic Monkeys brought the show to a close at Bramham Park on Sunday after three days of Leeds Festival mayhem.

Music fans descended on this final festival day in their droves, with an estimated 60,000 people making up huge crowds filling every inch of the mud-splattered site.

The weather held, the fields were dry, and the atmosphere was lively with a carnival spirit.

The only dampener on the day was when Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses cancelled their main stage appearance just minutes before they were due to perform.

The crowds were ready, the stage was set, but then a message flashed across the screens to say they were unable to perform. It later emerged that bassist Rob Lee had collapsed backstage.

Organisers rallied, and the crowds carried on.

Highlights included a very-chilled acoustic set from Jake Bugg as the sun set on Bramham Park, happy fans swaying in time to the tunes.

My new favourites, We Are Scientists, drew the crowds to the Festival Republic Stage, while an inspiring performance from a clearly delighted-to-be-there Bombay Bicycle Club on the NME stage stepped the party fever up a notch.

But with indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys headlining, the crowds were clearly waiting for the big finish. And there were chants of “Yorkshire” as the Sheffield superstars took to the stage for the final performance.

Loyal fans joined in with the opening lines, but the song that everyone was waiting for, regardless of their successes since, was always going to be their chart-topping number-one hit.

And they as the opening notes of ‘I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ rang out, the crowds went wild.

The atmosphere was electric, thousands of people chanting and cheering, shouting out the lyrics to this classic hit.

They were happy to be here, to be enjoying this moment as these Yorkshire legends brought the curtain down on yet another belter of a weekend.