Music fans flock to bank holiday festivals

Music fans flock to bank holiday festivals

The crowd sings along to one of the acts at the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park. Pictures: David Harrison.

Fans in the main arena.

Sleeping With Sirens on the Main Stage at Leeds

Papa Roach stirs things up among the crowd on the main stage at Leeds

Fans in the main arena at Leeds festival

Sleeping With Sirens on the Main Stage at Leeds

Campers make use of a tricycle luggage service at Galtres Parklands Festival. Pic: Mike Tipping (9610089)

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Thousands of music lovers will be spending their bank holiday weekend singing along to some of the biggest bands on the planet.

Music from the likes of Blink 182, Disclosure and The 1975 got underway yesterday at Leeds Festival, in Bramham Park, and the hits will continue to be belted out throughout the weekend.

The line-up at one of the summer's biggest festivals includes Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Twin Atlantic, and runs alongside Reading Festival - the more senior of the two.

The event is supported by BBC Radio 1 and features bands, DJs and comedians across nine stages.

A festival was first held in Reading during the 1970s, but did not arrive in Leeds until 1999 with the explosion of Britpop and the popularity of Oasis and Blur.

Although it is traditionally held over the August bank holiday weekend, weather is not expected to be favourable for the campers.

Rain is expected today, and the sun may break through heavy clouds on Sunday, but temperatures will struggle to get past 17 degrees.

For information on remaining day tickets and camping at the festival site go to

Those hoping for a dose of nostalgia can head to the slightly smaller Galtres Parklands Festival, at Duncombe Park, in Helmsley, where The Human League will be headlining on Sunday.

Now in its tenth year, the festival will see 100 bands across eight stages throughout the weekend, and is expected to be the largest yet as families descend on the site to camp around the stunning setting and enjoy the live music.

The festival also involves a celebration of the region's finest food and drink, with more than 100 beers and ciders on offer for the crowds.

Adult weekend tickets cost £95 or an extra £10 if camping. Day tickets are £40.

Young person tickets are £20.

York Press:
Robert Loxley-Hughes, singer with York band We Could Be Astronauts, soaks up the atmosphere on a deckchair at Galtres Festival.

York Press:
Campers make use of a tricycle luggage service at Galtres Parklands Festival  

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