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Local bands played the Leeds and Reading Festival 2009
By Kristi Genovese, Blast Reporter, Nottingham
Frontiers, The Living Daylights, Minaars, What Makes You Beautiful and Lovvers played the BBC Introducing Stage.
Saturday 29 August 2009
Frontiers were the first Nottingham band to play the weekend, warming up the crowd for headliners Radiohead later that day. Charlie, their guitarist, was really looking forward to seeing Thom and the boys and almost had to keep pinching himself that they were playing on the same day!
The crowd was full of people from Nottingham supporting one of their best local bands, with chants and clapping galore. This is a band has grabbed people's attention with their indie alternative talent and you can expect to hear a lot more from them.
The Living Daylights, from Lincoln, have not had it easy lately so their Leeds and Reading slot was the bit of good luck they needed. They recently had to cancel gigs due to their singer Sam having a sinus operation and bass player Kurt also left the band (he's been replaced by Danny).
Despite all this they played their punk rock to a surprisingly decent sized crowd considering Gallows and Bloc Party were on at the same time. Saturday is the day when the punk and hardcore Lock Up Stage turns into the dance tent so people were getting their punk fix from this band.
Sunday 30 August
Minaars have been impressing us over the summer with their dancey feel good tracks that sound like Leicester's version of Foals. The experimental indie lads got the fans bopping away to their festival friendly songs and proved once again they're the perfect festival band.
What Makes You Beautiful can give you all the genres you will see over the weekend in just one set. Quickly going from Rap to Dance to Rave to Rock they made the crowd enjoy their songs as much as they enjoyed playing them. Proud to be from Derby as well they tell their fans they can have a free T-shirt if they come and talk to them.
Nottingham's Lovvers return to Leeds Festival after playing the festival republic stage last year with an earlier slot. This year they had the 20:00 slot clashing with Black Lips, Alexisonfire, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs. Despite this folk clambered down for the last Introducing band of the weekend to enjoy their hardcore influenced noise-punk rock set.
last updated: 02/09/2009 at 15:53