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Reviewed on 5th September 2015.


Rat Boy

Live at Leeds Festival 2015 on Sunday, 30th August 2015

Leeds Festival 2015 turned out be unexpectedly sunny experience for festival goers and the line-up seems much 'rock' than it has been for the last few years. Loaded with every kind of bullet, from young rebels to cult headliners, this year's Leeds Festival was able to suit every rock lover - from indie kid to metal guru - and promised not to leave any of them disappointed.

Apart from a cheesy joke about a dead goldfish, prepared for two festivals in a row, this year Slaves were a real breath of fresh air on the UK music scene (or at least at Leeds Festival's NME/Radio 1 Stage). Festival goers packed the tent completely, going especially crazy, to the hits like "Where's Your Car Debbie?" and "Cheer Up London". Do we think the Kent duo deserves to be one of the UK favourites this year? Yes, we do!

After a fresh start, we come down to a set of South African grunge rockers Seether, to get a bit of the old school vibe. This bunch have played their 'Nirvana influenced' (stereotypically talking) music for nearly 15 years, and we still love!! After this set at Festival Republic Stage, we thank them for never changing their sound, or their attitude, which will always satisfy an old fan.

Overwhelmed with nostalgia from Seether's set, we move further forward to see Rat Boy, who is more like a king among teenagers and rules Festival Republic Stage. Young and seemingly unstoppable in every creative way possible, Jordan Cardy from Essex and his band, are definitely among the upcoming leaders of the UK festival seasons. I can imagine they will be the band most likely to climb much further up the line-ups in 2016. The festival crowd loves the vibe of their live shows, with the band being playful and the tunes, infectious. This is something every big festival (and small as well) is waiting for now, but not many bands can give it such a high level of devotion. This is the second time Rat Boy has conquered Leeds this year - Live At Leeds 2015 was heavily rocked by their performance back in May. We wish them much success and bigger stages, following this performance and their recent signing to Parlophone Records - the same label with Jordan's favourite band Blur.

French heavy metal band played one of the best sets at this Leeds Festival. Crushing the stage beneath the weight of their low-end guitar riffs, Gojira delivered a set that pummelled the audience and brought the already energized crowd of THE PIT stage to a frenzy. As soon as the band broke into their first song, the fans erupted with screams. Mario Duplantier is a machine behind his drum kit, and his brother Joe provides the menacing vocal layer over the relentless rhythm as the songs shifts through its numerous changes. After few powerful songs Gojira drove the warmed-over crowd into madness. Great set which left the crowd wishing for more. Without a doubt they played an incredible set this year!

Swedish pop-metal supergroup, GHOST, are pure entertainment! The group has garnered accolades from high-profile fans like Metallica, Phil Anselmo, and Dave Grohl (who coincidentally produced and played on their 2013 EP, If You Have Ghost). On a grey line up like this year, this is definitely something NOT to miss. With great costumes, fat guitar riffs and especially great solos, guys who choose to hide their identity behind dark robes and satanic pomp, brought a bit of true Halloween experience to the festival. Ghost brought one of the most memorable experiences at this year's festival. And seeing them closing The Pit Stage for the weekend was a perfect choice to make.
They recently announced their UK tour, so I highly recommend you catch them at Leeds Beckett University on the 12th December.



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