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OK, at this stage I have something of a confession to make - I actually lived in Leeds for a little over 10 years but never made it to the Leeds Festival in all that time. In my defence the event didn't actually start until 1999, but that still left me a good 4 years to attend which I passed up on.
Perhaps it was the lack of appeal of attending a festival so close to home, or maybe I just assumed that it would always be there and I would make it one day (I did move away from the area at relatively short notice) but whatever the reason it remains as a gap on my bucket list. I did make it to the Heineken Music Festival in Roundhay Park back in 1995, which has the distinct advantage of being within walking distance of my house!
The Leeds festival then has been going for nearly 15 years now, and continues to grow in popularity, tickets usually selling out the same day they go on sale. One small point of order, the Bramham Park venue is actually a lot closer to Wetherby than Leeds but I guess it was felt that name wouldn't have quite the same appeal...
Full lineup for the 2017 Leeds Festival to follow.
There doesn't appear to be quite as much coverage available as previous years (funding cuts presumably) but BBC4 will have live coverage of the main sets from Reading from around 10.30pm each evening - you can watch this live online streaming here:
Or if you have problems accessing this link, try here:
BBC4 watch live online (UK viewers only)
There is the promise of live coverage throughout the festival via the BBC iPlayer from the Main and NME-BBC Radio 1 stages, but you will need to be in the UK to access this:
If any extra times are added to the live coverage schedule, or indeed if the live TV sections are streamed online as has happened in the past you'll be able to find out at the official BBC Reading and Leeds page here.
For those with access to an appropriately equipped TV there will be additional live coverage via the red button at these times:
Friday 26th August: 21:00-00:00
Saturday 27th August: 19:00-01:00
Sunday 28th August 18:00-00:00
There is an official Youtube channel for the festival, with videos of lineup announcements, previews and performances uploaded to watch:
If you're planning on being in the Leeds area for the festival there are plenty of local hotels and bed and breakfast guest houses to choose from. You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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