AUGUST bank holiday is notorious for its unpredictability surrounding the weather, leaving Leeds festival often a wash out of thick mud. This year however, attendees were treated to rarely seen baking sunshine and temperatures of up to 29 degrees.

Friday saw hordes of rock revellers flock to Bramham Park awaiting the triumphant return of Foo Fighters. Having called out for setlist requests, their headline show was predictably packed with dozens of classic singles and tracks from their 1995 eponymous debut. Dave Grohl interacted with the crowd throughout, even bringing a man dressed as Freddie Mercury onstage for a rendition of ‘Under Pressure’.

Making their headline mainstage debut, Saturday evening’s visual spectacle came from The 1975. Their latest single features environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaking of the world’s current climate emergency. This was a topic heavily expanded on by frontman Healy, as he encouraged the crowd to leave the festival site as clean as they found it.

Billie Eilish has been one of the most successful new artists of the last year, causing her to outgrow her original slot on the BBC Radio 1 stage and draw one of the largest main stage crowds of the weekend. Despite being 17 years of age, the singer opened with hit single ‘Bad Guy’ and oozed with confidence. Her energetic performance proved infectious and pleased her adoring fans.

Following the weekend’s glorious weather and sizable water queues, let’s hope Leeds Festival continues to champion environmental change and the banning of single use plastics. By Ellie Nolan