Leeds is the funky little sister of Reading taking place at the same time and sharing the same bill. Leeds may be the smaller of this musical duo but it holds it own with a lively atmosphere over the three days. Leeds Festival is an annual event in August towards the end of the European Festival run making it a grande finale for your Northern Hemisphere summer. Accessible by train or coach from many destinations, Leeds provides yet another fun British festival with international headliners.

Music and anarchy collide at Leeds Festival, making it one for the full-spirited and not faint-hearted. This little festival comes with a big line-up including Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2016. The line-up genre changes from time to time with the musos the first to know of the crowd's discontent (ie bottles thrown at them on stage). Nowadays, with more stages people are able to spread out and enjoy their music more avoiding much of this chaos. Still, if you want a festival about the music and not other stuff including what you're gonna wear this one is for you. There's loads of other fun stuff there too, like signing up to be a campground DJ and silently rocking with 6,000 others at the silent disco. 

The British festivals do seem lively if somewhat messy at times. Advice for camping at Leeds includes bringing baby wipes (portable shower), condoms PLUS paracetamol (you will need one or both) and don't camp near trees (they get used as toilets). Bringing bottled water is a festival golden rule as is keeping the bottle to refill.  Featuring the fourth largest student population in the UK, the festival is fun and the nightlife is vibrant. The city is well-served by trains and planes plus has many local attractions including what was once the world's largest woollen mill (now a museum). As with most of the country, the weather can take a turn so be prepared.

Leeds

When is it?

26th August 2016 to 28th August 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Tickets sell out fast so get in quick

  • Bring a landmark for your tent to avoid wandering lost in the wee hours.

  • Drugs are banned and there are body searches

  • Leeds Festivals takes place in Bramham Park is in the historic grounds of an old house.

  • All ages are welcome with restrictions for under 16s

  • Student Flights can assist with getting you to Leeds and further exploring The UK.

 

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