With less than two weeks to go until 75,000 punters turn up for Leeds Festival, preparations are underway. Beehive can report that the Radio 1 tent has been erected, as has the skeleton of the mammoth main stage and your faithful reporter has been keeping himself busy dragging big, red wheelie bins around site under a friendly sun.
This year promises to be one of the best yet with a stellar line up across a range of genres rocking out this August bank holiday weekend. Friday will see Foo Fighters headline the main stage where twenty years ago at Reading, Dave Grohl was behind the drums at what turned out to be Nirvana’s last ever UK gig. Kurt Cobain was infamously wheeled out onstage in a wheelchair after rumours of his deteriorating mental health.
The Black Keys are also on the main stage on Friday night, following what will probably be a fairly rowdy Kaiser Chiefs set in front of their home crowd. Beehive predicts a riot and will be there to report if there is one! Away from the main stage, highlights on Friday include Justice, The View and ska legends Less Than Jake.
Veteran rockers The Cure enjoy top billing on Saturday night whilst The Maccabees headline the NME/Radio 1 tent and will compete for a crowd against Katy B on the Dance stage. Those still standing by Sunday can look forward to bands like At The Drive-In, Mystery Jets, The Vaccines and, of course, Florence And The Machine whose Spectrum (Say My Name), remixed by Calvin Harris, still sits proudly at the top of the UK Singles Chart.
And then suddenly it will be Monday morning and time to clear it all up, sustained by the previous days – a drunken haze of summer rays and good live music. Bring it on!