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31
Aug

Wolf Alice incite circle pits at secret Reading Festival set

Wolf Alice played the first of two sets at Reading on Saturday, making a surprise appearance on the BBC Introducing stage.

The London quartet were introduced on stage by BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart who called the band his “favourites”. They then opened with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, taken from their 2014 EP ‘Creature Songs’.

‘Fluffy’ followed, with bassist Theo Ellis – who was wearing a white flower in his hair – jumping into the photo pit and up to the barrier that was holding the crowd back. Afterwards, frontwoman Ellie Rowsell picked up a furry tiara that had been thrown on stage and put it on her head.

‘Lisbon’ preceded early single ‘Bros’, which was dedicated to “our friends from Seattle down there” who Rowsell spotted in the crowd. “It’s good to see you come all the way,” she told them.

The group closed the short set with ‘Giant Peach’. Before it, Ellis asked the crowd: “Who’s ready for a circle pit? Literally everyone here running in a circle round and round – it’s the dream.” The audience responded by pushing back to create a circle pit and running wild as the song began.

Just over two hours later, the quartet were back on stage at the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage for their scheduled performance. “Reading, hello! It’s so good to be here, thank you for coming to see us,” yelled Rowsell after opening songs ‘Fluffy’ and ‘She’.

Following ‘Your Love’s Whore’, the frontwoman told the crowd “I love you guys already, this is gonna be fun.” They then launched into ‘You’re A Germ’ and ’90 Mile Beach’. ‘The Wonderwhy’ was one of only a few songs from the band’s debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ to be played during the set, with most tracks taken from the band’s early singles and EPs ‘Blush’ and ‘Creature Songs’.

“This is a dream come true for us,” Ellis told the audience after ‘Blush’. “We’re gonna play a song cos we’re all friends and you’re best friends,” he said as an introduction to ‘Bros’.

“Thank you so much for having us!” Rowsell shouted as the band brought the set to a close with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’. “You’ve been amazing.” As the song neared its end, she dropped her mic and jumped off stage, running along the barrier to hug fans. Ellis then jumped into the crowd, while drummer Joel Amey said by way of goodbye “Thank you Reading, this is a dream come true.”

Wolf Alice played:

BBC INTRODUCING
‘Moaning Lisa Smile’
‘Fluffy’
‘Lisbon’
‘Bros’
‘Giant Peach’

NME/BBC RADIO 1 STAGE
‘Fluffy’
‘She’
‘Your Love’s Whore’
‘You’re A Germ’
’90 Mile Beach’
‘The Wonderwhy’
‘Lisbon’
‘Storms’
‘Blush’
‘Bros’
‘Giant Peach’
‘Moaning Lisa Smile’

Wolf Alice incite circle pits at secret Reading Festival set

31
Aug

Tidal call Apple 'Big Brother' as company block rival from streaming Drake performance

Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal described Apple as “Big Brother” after the tech giant reportedly prevented a Drake live performance from being aired live via the service.

The rapper recently appeared at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Festival in New Orleans, a charity event marking the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was being live-streamed via Tidal. However, Drake’s performance was not broadcast.

Page Six reports that Apple “threatened to sue for $20 million if Drake appeared, or if his music was streamed live, on Tidal” due to Drake’s exclusivity deal with the company’s new streaming platform, Apple Music.

Posts made by Tidal during the performance seemed to confirm the reports, with the tweets reading, “Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience.”

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However, Drake’s manager Future the Prince has denied that Apple were behind the decision. “The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal. Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners,” a statement to Buzzfeed read.

“We wanted to make sure the stream represented us in the right way, and we didn’t have much insight into what they were doing. Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn’t have any control over that or time to investigate it. We were just there to participate in the benefit.”

See Tidal’s tweets below.

1/2 Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience.— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) August 29, 2015
2/2 We'll be back after the performance.— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) August 29, 2015

Tidal call Apple 'Big Brother' as company block rival from streaming Drake performance

31
Aug

Justin Timberlake responds to Kanye West's claims that he cried about not winning a Grammy

Justin Timberlake has responded to comments made by Kanye West during the rapper’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (August 30), which saw West claim that Timberlake cried after not winning a Grammy Award in 2007.

Timberlake lost out on the Album Of The Year award to Dixie Chicks that year, with West saying of the incident last night, “I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose; Gnarls Barkley and the FutureSex/LoveSounds album. I ain’t trying to put you on blast, but I saw that man in tears. He deserved to win Album of the Year.”

Responding to the remark via Twitter, Timberlake appeared to shrug off the claim. He wrote, “Kanye is so cute, y’all.”

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The singer later added, “Jokes, you guys… Jokes. #chill… Btw… I JUST watched my man ‘Ye’s FULL speech… He always has a point. And I support it. #truth”

Kanye is so cute, y'all.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 31, 2015
Jokes, you guys… Jokes. #chill— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 31, 2015
Btw… I JUST watched my man 'Ye's FULL speech… He always has a point. And I support it. #truth— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 31, 2015

During his 13 minute-long acceptance speech, West discussed his bewilderment with award shows: “I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, won, sell records, sell concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet and for the first time in their life, be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser.”

He continued: “I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Watch footage of West’s full speech below.

Does he have your vote America? @kanyewest accepts the Video Vanguard award http://t.co/pyg3SBh8gq— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015

Justin Timberlake responds to Kanye West's claims that he cried about not winning a Grammy

31
Aug

Evian Christ issues statement after being locked in 'cage' by security at Leeds Festival

Electronic music producer Evian Christ has explained his side of events after he was held in a cage by security staff at Leeds Festival over the weekend.

The Kanye West collaborator was detained at the Bramham Park site after security staff believed he was trying to break into the VIP area. He had played a DJ set on the BBC Radio One Dance Stage earlier in the day.

The musician – real name Joshua Leary – tweeted a short video from inside the holding pen with the hashtag #freeEvian gaining popularity on Twitter.

reading fest cancelled (sorry) cuz leeds put me in a cage #freeevian pic.twitter.com/sArsBnR8fg— evian christ 2015 (@evian_christ) August 28, 2015

Hudson Mohawke then shared the following picture from backstage at Reading Festival on Saturday (August 30).

Nice dressing room touch from Reading Fest organisers pic.twitter.com/RoEnuJR9FZ— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 30, 2015

After festival organiser Melvin Benn accused Leary of being “intoxicated” and “‘not in a very good state”, the producer has now posted a lengthy statement to Facebook in which he says “nobody should be detained in a cage by an employer because they can’t find their car”.

The full statement reads, “was involved in a strange incident at leeds festival this weekend which ended up in me being detained inside a cage, as has been widely reported by everyone from quietus to lad bible. while i am grateful to have finally had my work acknowledged by lad bible, there are some things i need to address:

“leeds fest, friday. after making sure blaze kidd + uli-k (who are performing with me) have got in a taxi home, i set about finding my own car so i can do the same. the artist car park is backstage and the festival layout is sprawling, so after being sent backwards and forwards by security staff i finally give up and ask one of them to call me a car to take me back there. the driver takes issue with me immediately and removes the pass im wearing that identifies me as a performing artist, asks my name (“joshua leary”) and then tells me that my pass says something different (“evian christ”). i inform him that evian christ is my artist name, and that i also have a real name, but he appears unsatisfied by this explanation and keeps the pass

“we drive past the artists car park and i identify my car (in which i have family waiting, younger brother etc), the security ogre grunts and bizarrely proceeds to take me to some weird area with a cage. i am detained in this cage and told that i am being held under suspicion of trying to “break into the festival without a ticket” – i remain here for a Very Long Time. the security guards seem to think i am there for their amusement, and a few times i am threatened with arrest by a police officer, once for saying “for fucks sake” into the distance, another time for “knocking a chair over”. i am informed that i will remain detained in the cage indefinitely until i can prove beyond doubt that i am not trying to “break into the festival”. i remind security/police they have removed the pass which i was presumably given for this explicit reason, and i suggest that my attempt to find the backstage carpark after DJing the radio 1 dance stage should be a sufficient indicator of my intentions. they respond that “anyone could have found [the pass] and stuck it on” (lol). later, i ask them to identify me photographically by googling by name, which i think is a good idea, but they have no interest in any potential solution and seem hellbent on winding me up to the point that i might snap and get myself arrested

“at this point i only had a few percent battery so i managed to take a quick video, send some tweets, call my manager and DM brodinski who heroically tried to #free me to no avail. i “cancelled” reading in an attempt to gain some leverage in the situation but nobody around me gave a fuck anyway and seemed to think it was funny. over an hour afterwards i was set #free by a “more senior” member of the security staff who seemed as bemused as me by the situation. i asked for an apology and was not given one. thank you all for the #freeevian twitter campaign btw

“i haven’t wanted to go into this much detail until now, because if the festival had emailed me a simple apology I would actually have happily played reading. but i’ve sent two detailed emails to the festival organisers since friday and have received no response. last night, however, festival owner melvin benn found a moment in his busy schedule of being an a top-class dickhead to claim via the NME that i was “intoxicated and refusing to identify myself”. even if that were true (it isn’t), there’s likely a better way to deal with that situation than to physically detain someone who isn’t actually legally under arrest for anything. so im sorry melv, you weren’t there mate, i was. i’d had a few drinks as i always do at a show (your festival provided them) but i was fine and your security staff removed the only form of identification given to me after i provided them with it. those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at a DJ they locked in a cage

“as if this all wasn’t ridiculous enough, yesterday i discovered that reading festival – too busy to respond to my emails trying to sort the situation out – thought it would be funny to create a cage behind the stage i was supposed to play on, labelling it as my backstage area. personally i didn’t find this massively appropriate and overall i feel gutted to have had a terrible experience at a festival i attended twice as a kid and was really excited to play

“we have big issues with regulation of police and private security services in the uk, nobody should be detained in a cage by an employer because they can’t find their car. didnt really want to go into this much detail publicly and im absolutely fine, but when you see defamatory quotes flying around you kinda have to say something. anyway have a nice week fuck leeds fest xo evian”.

Evian Christ issues statement after being locked in 'cage' by security at Leeds Festival

31
Aug

Taylor Swift dominates at MTV VMAs 2015 – see full winners list

Taylor Swift was among the big winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The 2015 MTV VMAs were held in Los Angeles last night, with Swift taking home three major accolades (Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video).

Meanwhile, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars picked up the Best Male Video award for ‘Uptown Funk’ and Nicki Minaj was honoured in the Best Hip-Hop Video category.

Other winners included Fetty Wap, Big Sean and Fall Out Boy. The latter beat the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine for the Best Rock Video prize.

See the full list of winners below.

Highlights at the MTV VMAs included Taylor Swift presenting Kanye West with an award and Nicki Minaj calling Miley Cyrus a “bitch” during her acceptance speech.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
The Weeknd – ‘Earned It’
Nick Jonas – ‘Chains’

Best Female Video
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’
Sia – ‘Elastic Heart’
Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’
Big Sean ft. E-40 – ‘IDFWU’

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Maroon 5 – ‘Sugar’

Best Rock Video
Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
Fall Out Boy – ‘Uma Thurman’
Florence + the Machine – ‘Ship To Wreck’
Walk the Moon – ‘Shut Up and Dance’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’
Vance Joy – ‘Riptide’
George Ezra – ‘Budapest’
James Bay – ‘Hold Back The River’
FKA Twigs – ‘Pendulum’

Video with a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Still Love You’
Colbie Caillat – ‘Try’
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend – ‘One Man Can Change the World’
Rihanna – ‘American Oxygen’
Wale – ‘The White Shoes’

Taylor Swift dominates at MTV VMAs 2015 – see full winners list

31
Aug

Ian McKellen says he was evicted from his apartment by Taylor Swift

Actor Ian McKellen has claimed that he was kicked out of an apartment in New York by Taylor Swift.

McKellen recently made headlines by reciting Swift song lyrics in a viral video, with the singer later inviting McKellen and his friend Patrick Stewart to join her “squad”.

Speaking recently to Gay Star News however, McKellen has revealed that he was living at Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson’s apartment when Swift purchased the property.

McKellen is quoted as saying, “When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave! That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift’s team, does it?”

He added, “She bought it, she had every right to — I was just lodging there for free! She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night.”

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Taylor Swift has been inviting a series of guests onstage with her at recent live shows, including Beck and St Vincent, Alanis Morissette and even Friends actress Lisa Kudrow.

On Saturday (August 29), Swift was joined by Avril Lavigne to sing ‘Complicated’ at her San Diego concert.

Ian McKellen says he was evicted from his apartment by Taylor Swift

31
Aug

Alt-J pay tribute to city where they formed as they play Main Stage set at Leeds Festival 2015

Alt-J paid tribute to “the city where it all began” as they played Leeds Festival tonight (August 29).

It was a homecoming of sorts for the trio, who formed in Leeds University in 2007. Striding on at 7.15pm, the band launched into ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ – featuring a sample of Miley Cyrus’ voice – and ‘Fitzpleasure’ – before keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton enthused: “It’s great to be home.”

All dressed in black, with Unger-Hamilton sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with a US flag with the stars replaced by weeping eyes, the group played a mix of tracks cherry-picked from their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ and its follow-up, 2014’s ‘This Is All Yours’.

Warming up for Mumford & Sons on the main stage, the band utilised the same setlist as their Reading appearance the night before, with the group – bolstered by touring bassist Cameron Knight – remaining static behind their instruments, subsumed in smoke, and lasers. Screens at the side of the stage projected the band members in sepia, with a grainy, flickering filter over it.

During ‘’Left Hand Free’, the crowd vaulted onto each others’ shoulders, while ‘Matilda’ and ‘Every Other Freckle’ elicited communal sing-alongs.

After ‘Warm Foothills’, Unger-Hamilton again praised the city, saying “Thank you for such a wonderful reception in the city where it all began”, before introducing the 2012 single ‘Breezeblocks’ – greeted by a sea of fans making triangle hand gestures – as “our last song It was written in a terraced house like so many others.”

Alt J played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Fitzpleasure’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Matilda’
‘Bloodflood’
‘Bloodflood Pt. 2’
‘Tessellate’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Taro’
‘Warm Foothills’
‘Nara’
‘Breezeblocks’

Alt-J pay tribute to city where they formed as they play Main Stage set at Leeds Festival 2015

31
Aug

The Libertines' Pete Doherty is lifted on drummer Gary Powell's shoulders as band close Reading

The Libertines brought an end to this year’s Reading festival tonight (August 30) with a triumphant performance which ended with Pete Doherty being lifted on drummer Gary Powell’s shoulders.

Taking to the stage to the strains of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, against a backdrop of the band’s logo, the track seemed fitting as the band closed the three day bash.

They kicked off with ‘Horror Show’, the first track of an opening salvo which also included fan favourites ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Delaney’, as well as 2004 single ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, which saw a number of flares lit up in the crowd.

Introducing ‘The Delaney’, Pete Doherty shouted to the crowd: “Libertines calling Berkshire is there anybody there?” before he was greeted with huge cheers.

After ‘Campaign Of Hate,’ Doherty and Barat dedicated ‘Time For Heroes’ to an “absent friend who’s life was cut short”, resulting in more flares being set off.

Backed by an extended introductory drum roll from Gary Powell, they tore into ‘Begging’ before slowing things down with ‘What Katie Did’, which saw Doherty and singer Carl Barat sharing the mic in their trademark manner.

Halfway through the show, Barat said: “We would like to welcome a friend to the stage. Mr Ed Harcourt.” He then got behind the piano for ‘You’re My Waterloo’ while Doherty took up vocals.

Jenn Five/NMEThe band played a series of tracks from their new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, including recent single ‘Gunga Din’ as well as old favourites from their 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.

As the band made a momentary departure for the encore, Powell screamed: “Reading!” and threw his drums into the crowd.

The Libertines returned for a volley of hits – ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What A Waster’, ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, which ended with Doherty smashing up his mic stand, before finally finishing with ‘I Get Along’.

As the band left the stage Powell screamed: “Reading! Reading! I hope you had a good weekend. Don’t forget you are all libertines.” The four-piece then gave each other a group hug.

The Libertines played:

‘Horror Show’
‘Vertigo’
‘The Delaney’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘Begging’
‘What Katie Did’
‘Gunga Din’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Tell The King’
‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘Barbarians’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘I Get Along’

The Libertines' Pete Doherty is lifted on drummer Gary Powell's shoulders as band close Reading

31
Aug

Leeds Festival 2015: Metallica end festival following sets from Foals and Bring Me The Horizon

The third and final day of Leeds Festival 2015 has finished with a headline set from Metallica that concluded a weekend of live music at Bramham Park.

Japanese trio Babymetal opened the Main Stage with a huge crowd gathering to see the three-piece, including fans who dressed in Baby Metal’s distinct wardrobe of red puffball skirts and black leather tunics.

The band’s fictional back story was revealed before they arrived on stage at 12pm, with a voice over stating that “a new style of heavy metal” was invented “A long time ago in a heavy metal galaxy far away…” by a mythical fox god.

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Singer Su Metal sported a demonic cat mask during second song ‘Megitsune’ while her bandmates, Yuimetal and Moametal, performed a choreographed routine to the heavy metal riffing going on around them. Backed by an older, all male band who all sported white robes and face paint, Babymetal went on to unveil a special Babymetal flag in the colours of the union jack and promote their April 2016 live date at Wembley Arena in London.

Foals surprised fans with an unnanouced afternoon slot on the NME/ Radio One Stage. Hundreds of people sprinted into the tent as the band opened with the funky ‘My Number’ with new single ‘Mountain At My Gates’ following.

Frontman Yannis Philippakis ended the set in the crowd as Foals closed the set with a wild run through the title track of their brand new album ‘What Went Down’.

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Wolf Alice, meanwhile, had their set on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage at Leeds Festival 2015 hit with technical issues but the band laughed them off to deliver a celebratory set.

Ending their early evening set with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s guitar stopped working and the band’s stage technician appeared unable to fix the issue. Having tried to play it a second time with no luck, Rowsell dropped the instrument on the floor and jumped on bassist Theo Ellis’ shoulders, wrestling him to the floor in the process.

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Royal Blood previewed a new song and pledged to make the crowd “very hungover” as they stepped up to play the Leeds Festival main stage for the first time in their career.

With the audience successfully warmed-up following hits such as ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Figure It Out’, frontman Mike Kerr introduced new track ‘Hook Line and Sinker’, which featured a instantly memorable juggernaut chorus of ‘Say my name again/You’re caught in the middle “caught out in the middle”.

The band ended with an extended ‘Out Of The Black’, as drummer Ben Thatcher removed his chain, scaled the barrier then hurled himself into the crowd. Returning triumphant, he resumed his position behind his kit, as Kerr pumped out the hookline to Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’. Gazing over proceedings, he punched the air ecstatically and exclaimed. “Thank you Leeds. You fucking rule.”

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After Royal Blood departed the stage, Bring Me The Horizon staked their claim for promotion to headliner status with a confident set.

The band’s set began with a health & safety parody video in which any fans with concerns about their wellbeing were told to “please leave now.” The infomercial style clip also warned fans to expect to see flares, smoke bombs and molotov cocktails.

With new album ‘That’s The Spirit’ due out in early September, Bring Me The Horizon peppered the set with newer material. The energetic ‘Throne’ was indicative of the band’s increasingly mainstream sound which has seen their popularity increase, while set opener ‘Happy Song’ looks set to become a staple of future live sets.

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After a seven year absence from the festival, Metallica returned to close the final night of Leeds Festival 2015 – with a bumper two-hours plus set that saw the band thank the “Metallica family” for their loyalty.

The veteran metal band entered onstage at 8.50pm to Ennio Morricone’s western soundtrack ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’, while screens showed footage from western movie The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Frontman James Hetfield opened with a joke: “Before we start, I have an announcement,” he growled. “Someone has left the light on their limo….Wait that’s me.” Kicking off with the crowd-pleasing triptych of ‘Fuel’, ‘To Whom The Bell Tolls’ and ‘Battery’, in front of a Greek Chorus of around 50 die-hard fans situated onstage.

For the encore, Metallica dedicated a raucous ‘Whisly In A Jar” to “a fallen soldier” – late member Cliff Burton, whose life was cut short by a bus accident in 1986. “This is going to make you bounce,” pledged Hetfield. The set ended with ‘Enter Sandman’, amid a frenzy of lasers and fireworks, with black inflatable balls are hurled into the crowd.

Leeds Festival 2015: Metallica end festival following sets from Foals and Bring Me The Horizon

30
Aug

Wolf Alice laugh off technical issues as they play Leeds Festival 2015

Wolf Alice’s set on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage at Leeds Festival 2015 ended with technical issues that the band laughed off.

Ending their 5:10PM set with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s guitar stopped working and the band’s stage technician appeared unable to fix the issue. Having tried to play it a second time with no luck, Rowsell dropped the instrument on the floor and jumped on bassist Theo Ellis’ shoulders, wrestling him to the floor in the process.

Prior to their guitar problems, Wolf Alice played a set filled with hits from their 2015 album ‘My Love Is Cool’ with girls climbing on their boyfriend’s shoulders to sing along to ‘Bros’.

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The band did very little in the way of speaking to the audience but held fans rapt with a shimmering renditions of ’90 Mile Beach’ and ‘Blush’.

A huge circle pit was created for the heavy riffs of ‘Giant Peach’ with Rowsell urging fans to spread the circle out as wide as they could. Having been wrestled to the ground by his lead singer during set closer ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, Theo Ellis ended the show by stage diving. However, he appeared to get dropped by the fans on the front row and drummer Joel Amey was left waiting after the rest of the band exited the stage for his bandmate to emerge from the mass of bodies.

Wolf Alice played:

‘Fluffy’
‘She’
‘Your Love’s Whore’
‘You’re A Germ’
’90 Mile Beach’
‘The Wonderwhy’
‘Lisbon’
‘Storms’
‘Blush’
‘Bros’
‘Giant Peach’
‘Moaning Lisa Smile’

Wolf Alice laugh off technical issues as they play Leeds Festival 2015

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