Classic moments to savour at Leeds Festival

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

I’m getting excited already about going to this year’s Leeds Festival - and it’s still more than a month away.

It’s not so much the thought of seeing headliners such as Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem or other big names like Foals, System of a Down or Chase and Status or even the appearance of Harrogate’s Alt-J (okay, I know only two of them are from Harrogate) that’s turning me on.

When I think of my favourite Leeds Fest moments over the years, it doesn’t tend to be the bigger acts I remember anyway.

It must be the same for football fans. Afterall, what do season ticket holders rave on about years later?

The time their team beat a lesser team by the expected number of goals or the time they came back from two goals down against a much better side to steal a late winner?

Before it was held at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival used to take place at another beautiful parkland site - Temple Newsam with its goats and its rare breeds farm and its assorted array of slightly exotic creatures.

In those days of the late 90s/early noughties, Muse would play on a side stage, rather than the main stage, and Foo Fighters would be below Primal Scream on the bill.

It was none of the expected names that blew me away that year, however. The jaw-dropping moment came when two little-known, up-and-coming American bands played in the NME tent on the afternoon of the Festival Sunday.

Both …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and Queens of the Stone Age were blazingly exciting in a way I’d never seen from a British band – and still haven’t by the way.

Embrace, The Wannadies and, even, Black Box Recorder may have been higher up the bill that memorable day in 2000 than either of those two fiercely rocking outfits but the form guide counted for nothing.

I expected a score draw or a narrow win at best but, in the event, the result was far better than that.

Here’s to more sensational discoveries at this year’s Leeds Festival this August Bank Holiday.

What are your favourite moments from past Leeds Festival?

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For tickets, call 01765 658312, or buy in person at Masham Community Office/Ripon News/Cowies Newsagents or on the door.

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