Arctic Monkeys close Leeds festival

By Sinead Garvan & Steve Holden
Newsbeat reporters at Leeds


Arctic Monkeys closed the final day of Leeds festival, albeit ten minutes earlier than scheduled, while Blink 182 appeared as the final act at Reading 2014.

The Sheffield band raced through tracks from all albums with the AM waveform as their backdrop.

Alex Turner only addressed the crowd a few times to ask how their weekend had been.

This is one of the last gigs Arctic Monkey's will play off the back of their latest album AM.

Festival goers didn't seem too bothered about the slightly earlier than scheduled finish.

"Oh well," said Emma from Ripon, "they made up for it in how cool they were."

"They are really cool, like super cool. I think they are the coolest band by far.

"I love the waveform at the back that flashed AM, it was brilliant."

Mark Leigh, 18, from Liverpool, loved their set too.

"Boss, just absolutely amazing, Arctic Monkeys was just absolutely amazing.

"Jake Bugg was boss as well.

"We didn't mind the weather as we had them poncho things, if we didn't have them we would have been soaked."

German electro folk duo Milky Chance took the second slot on the dance stage and were sensing a few hangovers in the crowd.

"It was a little more relaxed [than Reading]," frontman Clemens Rehbein told Newsbeat.

"A Sunday morning session, it was cool."

Some were there just to see them perform their hit track Stolen Dance.

image captionDec Hart (L) and Eddy Thrower from Lower Than Atlantis

It is fast approaching 60 million hits on YouTube and has been their breakout song.

"It is still really surprising, we didn't have any achievements at the beginning of this," Rehbein explains.

"It's cool, it's very exciting for us, we never expected this, we are trying to go with the wave and see where it takes us."

Elsewhere, Pulled Apart By Horses pulled out just before they were due to play as their bassist Rob collapsed.

In a statement they wrote: "We're massively sorry about being unable to perform in our home town and we'll be back very soon."

"We hope you understand and we hope you have a great festival."

The much talked about rock duo Royal Blood packed out the Radio 1/NME stage in the early afternoon.

They were followed on stage by Lower Than Atlantis who admitted it was a little nervewracking going on after them.

"We were really worried about it," drummer Eddy Thrower said afterwards.

"When they came off stage at Reading, we were like 'you're nice guys and you're a sick band and everyone loved it.'

"There's nothing we can do about that is there?"

image captionOrganisers say the first headline act has already been confirmed for next year.

"When the festival was booked obviously they weren't as big and now they've exploded, fair play to them."

Headlining the Introducing stage was Rae Morris, who was as excited as the fans to be playing.

She had plenty of support at the festival.

"I just spotted my Mum and Dad," she told Newsbeat.

"My Dad's wearing a Rae Morris T-shirt which is not really acceptable," she said jokingly.

"I'm going to have to go have a word with him about that.

After her set she had to run to the Radio 1/NME stage to sing with Bombay Bicycle Club for their track Luna.

They packed out the tent and like many bands were reminiscent of when they have played before.

Frontman Jack Steadman said they had first played seven years ago.

"I think it was in the Lock up tent at midday, not sure the site was even open at that time."

Chvrches returned this year to a less muddy site.

"Last year it was our first time playing here," singer Lauren Mayberry told the crowd.

"We remember a tunnel of mud, you've had better weather this year."

"Reading and Leeds is one of those festivals we heard about growing up, so it is really cool to be here."

As the crowds leave the Bramham Park site for another year, attention turns to 2015.

Melvin Benn, organiser of Reading and Leeds festivals has told Newsbeat, the first headline act has already been confirmed.

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