IT’S the business end of the summer, folks.
That means thousands of music lovers have already exposed their ears to outdoor aural action...but the clock is ticking towards arguably the best line-up of the year.
And this year Leeds Festival includes the only Yorkshire performance by revived Sheffield indie legends Pulp who share main stage headlining duties with The Strokes, Muse and My Chemical Romance during the August bank holiday weekend.
While that would be enough for most the three-day feast also plugs in a Yorkshire first from Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Madness, Elbow and White Lies.
This year Bramham Park also sees Sheffield metal globe-trotters Bring Me The Horizon make their Main Stage debut ahead of the likes of Deftones and The Offspring.
Offering a taste of several acts heading to Sheffield this autumn The NME/Radio 1 Stage hosts the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Patrick Wolf, Miles Kane, The Vaccines and Metronomy.
Jane’s Addiction, Noah & The Whale, the sugar-rush of The Naked And Famous, Chapel Club, The Streets and Cage The Elephant also raise the marquee canvas between August 26 and curfew on the 28.
Elsewhere the Dance/Lock-Up stage tenders Devlin, The King Blues, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Crystal Fighters while The Alternative Stage bill offers comedy and topical diatribe ranging from the irrepressible Henry Rollins and Mark Thomas through to Tim Minchin and former Sheffield school teacher turned gagman Rob Rouse.
Reinvented act The Horrors are a major draw of the weekend for the Festival Republic Stage along with Pete Doherty, but plenty will be looking to vintage indie chaps Rival Schools to give the likes of in-form Tom Vek, White Denim, Viva Brother and the much-touted Ed Sheeran a run for their setlist.
As always there’s a glimpse of possible future festival giants when the BBC Introducing Stage reconvenes
With Jarvis Cocker’s crew match fit and giving their final UK festival/only northern appearance of the year Sheffield is clearly on the Leeds Festival map once again.
Although there is speculation of more shows next year, at the moment this looks like the best chance of catching the ‘temporary’ reunion.
“There have been some offers from far away shores for later in the year which hasn’t been formalised or decided upon,” said drummer Nick Banks when The Star grabbed an exclusive chat.
“We’ll get a few more concerts done and if everything’s going really well then we’ll go somewhere else.”
Weekend tickets are still available for Leeds, but you’ll need to be quick if you don’t want to miss out.
Unless, that is, you win our competition for a pair of weekend camping tickets for Leeds Festival.
Simply tell us how many years Pulp were in hibernation before reforming for shows this year.
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Visit www.leedsfestival.com for more information and full line-up.