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Leeds festival 2006, the stage
All eyes will be on-stage...

That Friday feeling

By Layla Painter at Bramham Park
OK, the weather forecasters seem to have got it wrong, but in a right way if you see what I mean.

It's blazing hot on Friday morning - beautiful blue skies and white fluffy clouds and... no mud (yet!).

Still loads of the festival chicks look great in their multi-coloured patterned wellies. So even if it does turn wet we're prepared.

Ice cream at Leeds Festival
Queuing for the ice cream van too

Traffic wasn't as bad as expected getting in but it's jam packed once you get on site, with people everywhere. The usual queues for toilets, the cash machines and the NME signing tent.

Strangest sight so far - a man in full Santa regalia - it's too, too warm for head to toe red fur and false beards!

The unsigned stage kicked off with a bang with an in-yer-face performance from Hull's The Bonnitts - there is even more crowd around the stage than there was last year, which just goes to prove that the north's music scene is on the up and up.

Our pictures from the festival
Friday at the festival >
The unsigned stage >

Next up were The Hair from Leeds with a  fantastic set including the throwing of jaffa cakes into the audience and a spirited rendition of Sorry But I Want Your Girlfriend.

If that doesn't get ‘em dancing, nothing will.

They have put up big screens outside the NME/Radio 1 Stage this year so I watched Leeds' Forward Russia from there.

The weather took a turn for the worse in the late afternoon - while Slayer were on the main stage. Rain started falling for a heavyish shower and there was a mass rustling in bags for plastic macs, umbrellas or even carrier bags. I was shocked by the number of people that headed away from the main stage area, presumably looking for cover or back to their tents for waterproofs, leaving the Slayer set. Wusses.

The Unsigned stage continued to be popular - Four Day Hombre were definitely a highlight, I'll let Rich tell you all about that in his BBC Leeds blog.

Read more of Rich's blog
The view from the stage >
Tent blogging >

Other personal highlights of the day included Goldie Lookin Chain (NME/Radio 1), noodles and vegetable tempura, The Research (Carling) and of course Friday's headliners Pearl Jam.

last updated: 26/08/06
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