Returning back to the NME Stage, the next act up were the quirky American pop-punk group Panic! At the Disco. Even before the band had started the slightest glimpse of them prompted girly screams. The band performed a set of crowd favourites of their first album ”ËœA Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’, which kept people singing along. They threaded in new material between short intervals from lead singer Brandon Urie. He fawned over his band pawing them in front of hysterical girls talking about what each one meant to him, pausing for reaction.

Manchester’s Elbow wowed the crowd, warming up the freezing fans with their impressive back catalogue. Lead singer Guy Garvey even took a minute to talk about the riots “I don’t usually like doing this Bono bollocks”, before talking about the negative impact people were worried about and comparing it to the positive energy of the crowd. Elbow finished on the masterpiece, “One Day”, the combination of the strings, the words and the fuzzy feeling washing over the crowd you almost forgot that you were slowly turning into a human prune.

New Kid on the Block Ed Sheeran, had fans pouring out of the tent. Playing the Festival republic tent, crowds who had come over to watch him perform weren’t going to get a look in. Ed made sure that the audience were involved using tricks of cross harmonies, with different sides of the audience during his performance of his newest song, “you need me”. Sheeran surprised the crowd switching from soft singer to a very capable rapper. He kept the fans happy with a sing-a-long version of his number one single “A-Team”.

Muse closed the main stage, the audience were happy to wait in the cold in anticipation; music with numerous best live bands acts under their belts drew in the biggest crowds of the day. The band came out to the eerie sound of Tom Wait’s ”ËœWhat’s he Building in there?’.

They dedicated most of their set to their second album ”ËœOrigin of Symmetry’, as a special treat to fans Muse had decided that for the ten year anniversary to that album’s release they would play the album in full. As well as they album they crammed hits such as, ”ËœTime is Running Out’, ”ËœPlug In Baby’ and ”ËœBlack Holes and Revelations’. Addressing the crowd more than usual the three piece seemed confident and comfortable. Their performance was flawless and watching Matt Belamy craft unbelievable sounds was sobering.

Despite their flawless performance something seemed like it was missing from the atmosphere, the volume seemed quieter than usual but that’s if you were being picky. ”¨

Closing Friday with ”ËœKnights of Cydonia’, their exit was met with a brief but impressive fireworks display. Well it wouldn’t be Muse without entertaining pyrotechnics would it?
Everybody cross your fingers for dry spells for Saturday! Leeds festival:Friday review part 2

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