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The Duels
Leeds' the Duels, kick-off on Saturday

Saturday at Leeds

By Layla Painter at Bramham Park
Saturday has started off quite calmly at the festival but the Kaiser Chiefs are on the way.

Everyone seems to have got up quite early, which is quite impressive and by 11am there were loads of people queueing up for breakfast (maybe brunch at that time of day) of burger, roast beef sarnies, burgers or fish and chips and the first beers of the day.

The Unsigned stage got off to a bit of a shaky start when Vessels had to start three times due to technical problems, but when they finally got an entire song in they made it a good one, with five guitarists on stage.

Before lunch we had already seen two Leeds bands, Duels opening the NME/Radio 1 Stage, and Send More Paramedics bringing their unique brand of Zombie rock to a very receptive Lockup Stage audience.

Obviously there's nothing like threatening to eat their brains to get the festival crowd on your side.

The Unsigned stage continued to throw up gems - Scaramanga Six had seven drummers - including three ex-band members and even BBC Raw Talent's Alan Raw. At least one member of the band was up on stage again later performing with Napoeon111rd, the fact that I am still singing away to myself "This is not my life, it's just my day job..." suggests their set was a success.

Sunset with the Kaiser Chiefs
Saturday sunset with the Kaiser Chiefs

Everything today seemed to build up to the Kaiser Chiefs' performance on the Main Stage. It's hard to imagine that just two years ago they were an unknown band opening the Carling Stage. It took a while for them to get on, though, as compere Colin Murray introduced fellow DJ Chris Moyles who introduced comedian Peter Kay who finally introduced the band.

With a set including songs from their new album as well as favourites from Employment, they kept an excitable home crowd very entertained. The lads seemed very proud of their massive KC in lights at the back of the set, but even more impressive was the display the sky made as the sun went down while they played.

The dilemma of the weekend, from my point of view, was Franz Ferdinand (Main Stage headliners) v Primal Scream (NME/Radio 1 Stage headliners). A dilemma I managed to solve (not very successfully) by dashing between the two stages.

Tomorrow (Sunday) I intend to sit down more and run about less.

For another festival view read the blog of Four Day Hombre's Rich Huxley.

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