Leeds Festival 2009 Snapshot: Day 1

I’m blogging this on a phone, so it’ll be reasonably short – but here’s some thoughts on Day 1 of Leeds:

Them Crooked Vultures – Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones’ supergroup made an unannounced appearance at the NME tent at around 4pm. Imagine QOTSA with some Zep flourishes backed by one of the greatest drummers in the world. And by God could they play.

Marina And The Diamonds – 2010’s next big star. Cracking songs, utterly charismatic and even apologised for wearing a tshirt which said ‘I love Marina and the Diamonds’. “I know it looks really sad but I thought I’d be the only one here”. Did we mention she’s pretty damn adorable too?

The Prodigy – They tore up the main stage tonight – hit after hit with not one of the thousands watching standing still. Potty mouths though!

Arctic Monkeys – a set heavy on new stuff seemed to confuse the crowd but still provided us with one of the great singalong moments of the weekend in When The Sun Goes Down. Also, is Do Me A Favour one of the greatest songs ever written?

Ian Brown – King Monkey still can’t sing for toffee but who cares when he brings so much stage presence with him? Stellify is one of the year’s great singles AND he sang Fools Gold, thud making everyone very happy.

Weather – muddy, bloody cold at times and a bit wet. But it’s not damped anyone’s enthusiasm

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