Leeds Fest - Harrogate musician to headline NME stage

ALT-J - Email Interview
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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

The second big announcement of acts for Leeds Festival took place this week at The Cockpit with news that a band with local connections will have a plum slot.

Alt-J, whose drummer Thom Green hails from Harrogate, will headlining the NME/Radio 1 Stage on the final day of Leeds Fest at Bramham Park, the same stage where brilliant French band Phoenix will also be appearing.

Talking to my colleague Laura Connor, chief supremo Melvyn Benn of organisers Festival Republic said: “There is an atmosphere about Leeds Festival that defines itself as northern. It’s amazing when you see the guys from Alt-J say this is the greatest festival, especially as a local band. Alt-J met at Leeds University and the drummer is from Harrogate - we can claim them as our own!”

Recently named the Best Festival at the NME Awards, this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals over the August bank holiday promise more stages and more bands than ever,

The Leeds headliners for 2013 will be pop-punk pioneers Green Day playing Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds, global rap icon Eminem who takes to the stage on Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds and Best British Ban’ NME Award winners Biffy Clyro closing the show on Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.

System Of A Down and Deftones return to Leeds with UK festival exclusive performances, playing on Saturday at Leeds.

On the Friday at Leeds, Nine Inch Nails are back for the first time since 2007 to perform a 2013 UK exclusive show on the main stage along with Fall Out Boy.

In terms of indie, there’s a good smattering of hot names such as Foals, Johnny Marr, White Lies, Tame Impala, Palma Violets, Bastille, Editors, and The Strypes.

For acoustic fans there’s also Jake Bugg and Frank Turner.

On the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, newly expanded from one day to three days for 2013, English electronic music producer Sub Focus Live, Magnetic Man and electronic dance music heavyweights Knife Party will all headline.

Other dance-related acts will include dubstep star Modestep, Dagenham-based rapper Devlin, production duo Disclosure and Harlem rapper Azealia Banks.

The BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage, one of the most exciting additions that Reading & Leeds have witnessed for a long time, will play host one to of the pioneers of grime Wiley and UK rapper Devlin as the first confirmed headliners for 2013.

What do you think of this year’s Leeds Festival line-up?

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