Mud is over! and so are Pulp!
Typically being the last day the mud was no longer acting like glue and the sludge wrestling and sliding had stopped.
The Lock Up stage had saved their heaviest and best for the final day, and Canadian outfit Comeback Kid were just one of the acts trying to rip the faces off the crowd. The band’s career has spanned just over eleven years and today they were intending to sing to the fans. The band gave their all and lead singer Scott Wade’s voice was more powerful than their sounded on their records. The unfortunate thing about the performance was that the audience, who, on large were extremely lethargic and the mosh pits seemed almost non-existent. This lack of audience participation didn’t seem to effect the band’s motivation- they just made sure they sang to the die-hard fans, who were punching the air and screaming the words back to them.
Jimmy Eat World have graced the main stage several times, and are a good choice for mid afternoon when everyone’s knees have started to crumble and the urge to sit down is too much to withstand. If you could encapsulate the emo phase, from a few years ago, into one unit this unit would be Jimmy Eat World. Singing song after song about fitting in, the girl being out of their reach and other ”Ëemo’ related subjects, they are the perfect band to sway too and more and more couples saw this as a perfect opportunity to engage in public displays of affection.
Jimmy Eat World are inoffensive, good at what they do and have crafted some great songs. They wouldn’t be THE talking point of the weekend but they do manage to entertain a lot of festival goers.
Next up on the rock spectrum was Glassjaw, the band were welcomed onto the stage by screaming fans, whilst both men and women swooned over the singer Daryl Palumbo. He pranced femininely around the stage, and as he squeezed out the notes he looked as if he was surprised by each syllable leaving his mouth. Fans pinched themselves at the very realisation they were seeing the band that they thought they might not see again. For those who didn’t know the songs, they were willing to learn and there seemed less people mouthing along the words compared to other acts that had taken to the stage before them.
Britpop royalty were closing the festival, and sharing their rumored last performance with the Leeds festival crowd. Pulp, were by far the most popular headliners and the sea of fans seemed to go on forever. Front man Jarvis Cocker made the crowd forget the coldness setting in as he acted as comedy compere to the band as he kept festival goers chuckling. After each individual track Jarvis created links in between each song to act as a story. He wanted the performance to have a beginning middle and end and, of course, they saved the best to last playing “Common People”Â.
This year’s Leeds Festival may have had a few hitches, lineup changes and enough self righteous moments to make Bono cringe, but seeing everyone leaving with a smile on the face was a middle finger to the critics that were saying that festivals are on their last legs.