The Acts I’m Most Looking Forward To At Leeds Festival 2016

It’s officially time to get excited for festival season! I’ll be heading to three (so far) this summer, including my usual digs at Leeds Festival. This years line up has a slightly different feel to it, with a dance act co-headlining the main stage, mixing up the traditional indie/rock vibes. In light of the latest Leeds Festival Line Up Announcements, I thought it was just about time I give a little round up of the acts I’m most looking forward to (so far!) for 2016!

The Acts I’m Most Looking Forward To At Leeds Festival 2016

Die Antwoord

Words cannot express how freakin’ gutted I was to miss them at Leeds the other year. Die Antwoord are so weird it seemed like one of those once in a lifetime must-haves to see them live. Thankfully the rat Gods heard my secret pleas and have put them on the line up again this year. If you’ve not seen or heard of Die Antwoord before then proceed with an open mind, because let’s face it, these South African hip hop ravers (apparently that is a genre) are a little bit nuts. Not only are their songs catchy in the most bizarre and f-up way, but the…. love(?) story between Ninja and Yolandi is like Hollyoaks on acid. I can’t work out if it’s all real or not, but either way, I like it.


Last year Foals were the secret show at Leeds Festival and despite hearing about it a few days before and knowing all the details, I still ended up turning up a little too late and having to stand right at the back behind what appeared to be the tallest, widest man in the world. Typical. This year I’m looking forward to bagging my place near the front and getting a proper show from these glorious indie bastards. I can’t stop listening to ‘What Went Down’ at work which makes for some excellent background music when you’re cracking on with stuff. Seeing them in a field with a nice cold glass of cider is certainly going to be a treat.


The other day I introduced my dad to Slaves and his comment was ‘they’d be alright if they weren’t singing in that London accent, ask them where they got their 80s clothes from’ so, you know, all the regular questions a father would ask about such a band. When I tweeted them such questions they corrected him with the whole accent thing, clarifying they were from Kent, and didn’t answer about th clothes. Hmph. Anyway, I REALLY like Slaves and have done since I heard them on XFM Manchester round about this time last year. I watched a mini-documentary about them on iPlayer a few months ago and their punk sounds alongside their DGAF attitude is going to make for a pretty freakin’ good show. I’m just a bit gutted that they’re on the mainstage, as it would be next level mental in one of the smaller tents. 

Maximo Park

I managed to catch Maximo Park at a local venue a few months ago, and it’s safe to say that they’re still as wonderful as when they first came out. Books From Boxes is one of the only songs which gives me them feels and seeing it live is never a let down. It’s weird to think that these guys have been around for 10 years now, as I still remember the first time I heard Apply Some Pressure on Kerrang TV back in the day! Ah, how time flies when you’re pricking about all your life.

Dillinger Escape Plan

One of the first hardcore bands I ever got in to, and probably the reason anyone who could over heard my headphones on the bus looked at me like I was nuts, Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands that you’re either in to or your not. And a majority of the wider population are going to be on the ‘not’ side of the fence. If noisecore is your thing then DEP are the one. Last time I saw them was when Greg joined the band and Miss Machine came out, so a good 12 years ago (which just gave me an overwhelming WTF moment right there), so I’m really looking forward to re-living some noisy sounds from my youth again.
Of course, there’s a shed load of bands I’m looking forward to seeing at Leeds Festival and at the rest, but this is the starters! Let me know what festivals you’re heading to over on Twitter @HelloTerriLowe