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Reading & Leeds Festival 2022: Sheffield’s finest ready to dominate the weekend

Leeds Festival 2021 + Matt Eachus

Reading & Leeds Festival; arguably one of the best music festivals in the world. Taking place annually over August bank holiday weekend, R&L has seen many of the greatest artists of all time, from the likes of Many of the greatest bands and artists of all time have played at these festivals over the years, from the likes of Metallica, Oasis, Foo Fighters, Eminem, Pulp, The Strokes, Linkin Park and too many more to name.

One of our favourite things about this festival is that it’s so diverse. There’s such a wide variety of artists over the course of the weekend, there really is something for everyone. It gives people the opportunity to discover bands they may have never listened to or even heard of before. Years ago, the festival swayed towards being solely for rock music, however, over the years and with the ever-changing music scene, we see a difference in the line-ups and artist genres over-time. The UK grime, hip-hop and rap scene is ever-growing in popularity and we see more and more of this each year at R&L.

Leeds Festival 2022

This year poses yet ANOTHER fantastic line-up spread across the weekend with names such as, DAVE, Halsey, Run the Jewels, Bastille, Little Simz, Pale Waves, Glass Animals, DMA’s and SO many more! Unfortunately, American rock band, Rage Against the Machine (who were set to headline), Italian glam rock royalty, Måneskin, and American rapper Jack Harlow have all pulled out of the festival. Their replacements have recently been announced as indie pop/rock group, The 1975 (who also headlined back in 2019), British pop queen, Charlie XCX and grime legend, AJ Tracey. Although there are many disappointed Rage Against the Machine fans, we’re sure that The 1975 will smash it yet again and put on an amazing show. Equally, Charlie XCX and AJ Tracey both have huge followings and won’t be ones to miss!

Leeds Festival 2014 + Victor Frankowski

This year, Sheffield Magazine will be heading up to Leeds for a very special Sunday line-up. On arguably the best day of the festival, we’ll see not one, but TWO Sheffield-born headline bands. Indie Rock Legends, the Arctic Monkeys and one of the world’s favourite alternative rock bands, Bring Me the Horizon. That’s not all, we also have the pleasure of seeing more Sheff based artists such as indie rock lads, The Sherlocks and synth icon, DJ Tommy Farrow. The day is essentially a Sheffield wet dream.

Leeds Festival 2018 + Cai Dixon

We were buzzing when we saw this line up, and for two of the headliners to be Sheffield born is such a massive thing for our city, and a big inspiration for all of the aspiring bands and artists of today; it really gives them something incredible to look up to. We’re filled with a massive sense of Yorkshire pride when we see our own folk, taking on the big stage.

Alongside the Sheffield bands that we’ll of course be seeing, we’re going to catch lots of other amazing artists throughout the day, such as; Enter Shikari, Wolf Alice, Fontaine’s DC, Cassyette, Kid Brunswick, The Lathums and however many more we can squeeze in!

We’re super excited for this one and we can’t wait to fill you guys in with a full review of the day from start to finish. Make sure you’re following our Instagram @sheffieldmagazine as we will be doing social media coverage throughout our day at the fest.

Leeds Festival 2021 + Emily Marcovecchio

We’ll end with a few of our top-tips for camping festivals that may be of use to some of you:

  1. If you can, become acquainted with your neighbours. It’s always nice becoming familiar with the people you’re going to be camping next to. It’s also worth double checking which campsite is right for you; you don’t want to be staying in the louder/busier camps if you’re after a good night’s kip! Keep an eye out for the festival maps, which will give you an idea of where each campsite is located.

  2. Drink water, even if it’s in between the bevs! Especially when the suns out, it’s so easy to get dehydrated. You can re-fill your bottles up for free at the water stations that are dotted around the festival.

  3. Take a portable phone charger. In such a colossal crowd, losing your pals is easily done. Make sure you always have phone battery so that you’re able to get in touch with your group. Arrange a meeting point as well, just in case!

Leeds Festival 2014 + Victor Frankowski

You can find out more useful info HERE or download the Leeds Festival app which is available on iOS and Android.

We’re counting down the days until we step foot into Bramham Park- it’s going to be biblical! We hope to see some of you lovely lot in the field. Watch this space for a full review of Sunday’s shenanigans!


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