This was my sixth year photographing at Bramham Park, and presented me with the long-awaited opportunity to finally scratch Metallica from the bucket list.
Leeds Festival never fails to deliver when it comes to variety of headliners - this year accompanying the aforementioned metal gods were indie rock heroes The Libertines and the crowd-pleasing, melody-loving, tweed-bearing folksters Mumford & Sons. There was pretty much something for everyone across all the stages, which has been one of the main selling points of Leeds for as longs as I can remember.
Unlike previous years, I decided not to burn myself out photographing as many bands as humanly possible. Instead, I opted to spend a bit more time photographing the atmosphere and the people of the festival (which predominantly consisted of people displaying their tipple of choice, or direct a hand gesture akin to 'I don't care much for you' my way), as well as a few artists portraits, which was cool. My decision to not shoot as much turned out to be wise, as the lighting in the Radio 1/NME Stage was frightfully bad for a lot of acts. Ne'mind.
Possibly the biggest highlight of the weekend was joining local heroes Marmozets on stage for their Main Stage debut - massive thanks to Sam (TM) and the guys for being so accommodating.
Was also great to see Alt-J's continued rise with a penultimate slot on the main stage. Still blows my mind to see how far those guys have come since we spent 2 hours faffing about with a camera in Leeds University all those years ago.
Was great to see so many faces in the pit again, and meet a lot of new pals this year - thanks for the banter!
Massive thanks as ever to Paul, Gordon and the rest of the guys from Zeitgeist press who did an awesome job of looking after us and plying us with an inordinate supply of energy drinks.