Category Archives: Festival

267. Samuel S. Parkes: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds [1.9.17]

Artist: Samuel S. Parkes

Support: LunaBlind

Venue: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds

Date: 1.9.17

Home grown northern soul in North Leeds, as Samuel S. Parkes headlined Friday night at the 20th Chapel Allerton Arts Festival.

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266. CUD: The Leeds Show, Temple Newsam [29.7.17]

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Artist: CUD

Support: Glass Mountain

Venue: The Leeds Show, Temple Newsam

Date: 29.7.17

Last time I paid £3 to see CUD was during the late 80s at a packed-out ‘Duchess’ gig in Leeds. Nearly 3 decades later I’m one of merely 30 people in a field at Temple Newsam Estate. Ever the indie-rock stars, the band played on regardless and on fine form.

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242. OnRoundhay: Roundhay Park, Leeds [17.9.16]

242a_OnRoundhay [170916]Artists: James / Primal Scream / Wolf Alice

Venue: Roundhay Park, Leeds

Date: 17.9.16

With sponsorship from John Lewis and Puffin Books, and an emphasis on being family friendly, the inaugural OnRounday event had a somewhat middle-class feel, but proved to be a rather pleasant one-day festival.

It was nice to see so many kids enjoying their first experience of live music, from an excellent selection of bands. The family-friendly vibe (or possibly the expensive drinks) seemed to ensure that the event was devoid of the usual herds of drunken knobheads – always a plus-point!

OnRoundhay would be a welcome annual event, so long as they can match the high standards of its first year.

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130. Carling Festival: Bramham Park, Leeds [27.8.04]

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Artists: Supergrass / The Von Bondies / 50 Cent / Placebo / The Streets / Dropkick Murphys

Venue: Carling Festival [2004], Bramham Park, Leeds

Date: 27.8.04

Memorable moment: A field full of middle-class white kids attempting to get down with 50 Cent & crew’s gangsta rap. Fail.

057. The Reading Festival [25.8.91]

055_Reading Festival [1991]

Artists: The Sisters of Mercy / Ned’s Atomic Dustbin / Nitzer Ebb / The Family Cat / New Fast Automatic Daffodils / Catherine Wheel / The Pooh Sticks

Venue: The Reading Festival [1991]

Date: 25.8.91

Compered by the late, great John Peel.

055. The Reading Festival [23.8.91]

055_Reading Festival [1991]

Artists: Iggy Pop / Sonic Youth / Pop Will Eat Itself / Dinosaur Junior / Chapterhouse / Silverfish / Babes in Toyland / Revolver / The Belltower

Venue: The Reading Festival [1991]

Date: 23.8.91

My first festival. With hindsight I regret not seeing Nirvana, who were relatively unknown at the time. We also had a Nirvana backstage pass, which we never used. A wasted opportunity!