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Leeds Festival Introduction

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Leeds Festival offers 80,000 music fans a chance to see the hottest rock bands and acts from around the world. The Leeds event is held in Bramham Park, near Wetherby, the grounds of an historic house. The dates for Leeds Festival are often on the bank holiday weekend in August. 

Leeds Festival is often seen as the Reading Festival “little brother/sister”, just don’t mention that to the regulars or a Yorkshireman! The Leeds and Reading festivals are run by Festival Republic, which was divested from Mean Fiddler Music Group. Leeds Festival is the newer northern leg that started in 1999 in addiction to the long running Reading Festival. In 1999, the Reading Festival gained a second leg at Temple Newsam in Leeds, where the V Festival had been held in 1997 and 1998, when it was clear that the Reading event had become too small to deal with the increasing demand. For promotional purposes during 1998-2007 they were known as the Carling Weekend: Reading and the Carling Weekend: Leeds.


Leeds Festival Location 

It moved site to Bramham Park near Leeds in 2003 after having previously been at Temple Newsam in Leeds since being established. 

Leeds Festival Tickets

Weekend tickets are generally priced around £210, plus booking fees, and postage fees
Day tickets Friday, Saturday, Sunday are priced £66.50.

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Leeds Festival Stages

Leeds Festival Photographer:  Giles Smith
Giles Smith // From the Leeds Festival official website

The Leeds festival typically has the following stages:

Main Stage – Major rock, indie, metal and alternative acts. Headliners are often exclusive
NME/Radio 1 Stage – Less well-known or up and coming acts, building up to an alternative headline act. The odd secret set to be found on this stage.
Dance Tent – Dance music acts to state the obvious, having previously sharing a day with the Lock Up stage, now a stand-alone 3 day stage.
Lock Up Stage / The Pit – Underground punk and hardcore acts. If heavier music is you thing, this stage is often where its at
Festival Republic stage (formerly known as the Carling stage) – Acts with less popular appeal and breakthrough acts.
1Xtra Stage – New stage for 2013 that stages Hip-Hop, RnB and Rap artists.
Alternative tent – Comedy and cabaret acts plus DJs in the evening.
BBC Introducing Stage – Typically unsigned/not well known acts. (Formerly known as the Topman Unsigned Stage at the Leeds site). Sometimes the BBC host a larger act that will be broadcasting live on the radio. 

The Leeds Festival Camp-sites

The campsite will open on Thursday morning at 3am, and early bird permit holders have access from 2pm Wednesday.

If you want to plan where to camp with friends before you arrive, these are the names of the campsites.



Where should I camp at Leeds Festival?

YELLOW BUBBLE and BLUE VALLEY CAMPSITESThey’re the closest camp-sites to the arena and market area so understandably they fill up pretty quickly, generally with people with early passes. Pre-2007 these camp-sites were all the Yellow camp-sites. White, yellow and blue are known for there party atmosphere, and traditionally its residents enjoy staying up late. By far the most sociable camp-sites.
Avoid these camp-sites if you want a decent nights sleep.

Walk to Arena – 2-3 minutes (Yellow/White) 5 minutes (Blue)

RED CAMPSITE Red is your in-betweener campsite: being close to the arena and still lively, still very sociable, but you maybe able to get a few hours sleep while being close to the arena and market areas. Parts of the Red campsite can be quite hilly and can be difficult to navigate to your tent after a few shandy’s. This site can get quite crowded at times, but not as cramped as Yellow and Blue. Prime spots fill up by mi