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Just as another summer is ending, you need the perfect weekend full of memorable moments with your best friends, great music, and a party with thousands to end it in style. Every summer, thousands from around the UK and the world flock to Leeds to rock out with some of the world’s greatest artists. The line-up is always impressive, ranging from rock and indie to rap and grime, and comes complete with a weekend of fun bonus activities and amazing food trucks.
Getting to Leeds Festival
Leeds is situated in the central North of the UK, which makes it easily accessible by train from all over the country. With such an easy journey there and back, all you have to do is pack up your festival clothing and tent and spend the CrossCountry train journey listening to all the artists you’ll see over the weekend!
- If you’re coming from the South West, Leeds is directly accessible from Bournemouth and Southampton, as well as Penzance and Exeter
- With plenty of routes running through the midlands to Leeds, you have a variety of options. If you’re local, hop on a direct route from stations, Coventry, Birmingham, Stafford, or Stoke-On-Trent. If you’re less local, these stations service countless national routes, so you can easily change for a smooth onward journey
- If you’re already coming from the North or even Scotland, CrossCountry runs direct services from York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and more
- If you’re really dedicated to seeing one act at both Reading festival and Leeds festival, a direct train runs between the two cities, making it easy to attend both festivals
About Leeds Festival
Leeds Festival was born in 1999 as an expansion to the popular Reading Festival that had been running for 38 years. To make room for thousands more rock music fans every year, and to make the festival accessible to people from other areas of the country, Temple Newsam in Leeds was chosen to host an extra two days of Reading Festival, where the same acts played the day after Reading.
Leeds Festival originally began as a jazz and blues festival, but gradually became a site of pilgrimage for fans of rock, heavy metal, grime, and more. With artists like Metallica, Nirvana, The Charlatans, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, and Wolf Alice hitting the main stage throughout the festival, Leeds has become a world-leading rock arena.
Over time, Leeds has become a more equal part of the Reading & Leeds Festival, as Leeds hosts 80,000 music fans of its own every summer. Put together, that means that over 170,000 people come together every summer in Reading and Leeds to enjoy great music, make memories with friends, enjoy the last of summer, and witness their favourite rockstars on the various stages.
Things to Do at Leeds Festival
Now obviously there is plenty of great music acts to catch on the various stages and tents at Leeds Festival, but there is a lot more fun to keep you busy all weekend!
- Sample delicious food from food trucks around the site
- Have a laugh watching your favourite comedians
- Dance like nobody’s watching at the silent disco
- Pick up some one-of-a-kind vintage buys at the markets and stalls